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Old 09-22-2012, 03:09 PM   #1 
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Does my betta sick?(include pictures)

Hey all,

I upload 2 image of my betta fish(male).
does it sick?
what should I do?
http://imageshack.us/g/534/photo0552b.jpg/
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Old 09-22-2012, 03:18 PM   #2 
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Could you please fill this out before I start answering anything? I won't be able to help until I know exactly what is going on.

Housing
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
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Old 09-22-2012, 03:25 PM   #3 
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Housing
size : 4.5 cm height diameter 4.5 (roughly)
temp: 23
no filter
no heated
aeration: no (but it's on jar)
Is your tank heated? no
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? no it's alone

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? blood worms
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 days

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? add water (once at month change water)
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? about 5% ~ 10 % ( and month 80%)
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? nothing

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
no I don't test.(how can I do it?)

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?tail become shorter and it become pale
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? no
When did you start noticing the symptoms? no
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? no
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? 1 year

please take a look at images !
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Old 09-22-2012, 03:37 PM   #4 
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I'm assuming you mean 4.5 inches in diameter because 4.5cm would be impossibly small for your fish...which is 6 Litres or 1.5 gallons. He isn't sick but he is just lethargic for a number of reasons:

1. You should be changing the water more often (at least 2 or 3 times a WEEK) not once a month, and one of the water changes should be 100%

2. Betta fish are tropical fish and require fairly warm water, around 26*C...so if your house has air-conditioning then you should get a heater for him

3. You should try to purchase a "water conditioner" liquid at your petstore. A good brand is SeaChem Prime, and it will help remove toxins if you are using tap water. Bottled water is NOT a good idea

This should make him feel better really quickly. He's very pretty! I hope he gets well soon :)
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Old 09-22-2012, 03:40 PM   #5 
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Nevermind my input, I think it'd be better to listen to bahamut :D By the pictures it seemed he had fin rot.

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Old 09-22-2012, 03:52 PM   #6 
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looks like tail biting. nothing in that bowl to keep him entertained, so he took to biting his tail. might have fin rot, too. that water looks pretty cloudy. x-x ammonia builds up super fast in those bowls, which can hurt them a lost. x:
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Old 09-22-2012, 03:57 PM   #7 
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thanks you!
unfortunately, I don't have any aquarium.
But I have:
1.Am Guard http://www.jlaquatics.com/images/seachem/SC-AMG.jpg
2.aqutan http://www.petshopara.com/i/sera-aqu...uzenleyici.jpg
3.anti chlorine
4.and bottle with blue liquid
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Old 09-22-2012, 04:01 PM   #8 
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thanks you!
unfortunately, I don't have any aquarium.
But I have:
1.Am Guard http://www.jlaquatics.com/images/seachem/SC-AMG.jpg
2.aqutan http://www.petshopara.com/i/sera-aqu...uzenleyici.jpg
3.anti chlorine
4.and bottle with blue liquid
Oh...I thought you wrote that you didn't add anything to the water? You should add at least the 2nd bottle you have (Aquatan) every time you change the water.

He will feel better and heal in warm, clean water.
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Old 09-22-2012, 04:07 PM   #9 
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yes I don't add anything when I change the water.
do I need to do it every time?the aqutan is so expensive to me.
there is other way?
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Old 09-22-2012, 04:12 PM   #10 
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Yes you need to add it every single time you change the water. Even if you can find a cheaper water conditioner, it is better than adding nothing. The water company puts chlorine or chloramine into the tap water so it is safe for people to drink, but it is not safe for fish to swim in...

The only other way is to get a big bucket, fill it up with and let it sit around for 24 hours so the chlorine can evaporate before putting it in with your fish.

The third way is to get a proper aquarium with a filter so you won't have to do as many water changes compared to his current home.
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