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Old 10-28-2012, 11:06 AM   #1 
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My Betta is Sick!!?!?!

I got a betta a few days ago as a gift. They gave me him in a teeny tiny tank, so the next day I moved him to a two gallon. The betta already was sick when he was in the small tank. In the new tank I have a filter, heater, conditioned water, and I added some "Stability" to cycle it. The betta has mild fin rot and cloudy eyes. He sits in one spot on the bottom of the tank, occasionally coming up for air. I put some "Bettafix" in the water too. He is eating very little.
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Old 10-28-2012, 11:11 AM   #2 
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Can you fill this out please? It's a bit more... Specific. http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=49233

It's better for a tank below 5 gallons to not have a filter as there might not be as much surface area for the BB and the current will disturb the fish. The cycle actually takes a month or more so don't depend on that supplement. The filter is going to stress the Betta out so please put it away.
Do a 100% change right now and don't add any Bettafix. That's very dangerous to their labyrinth organ. Just keep him in warm clean dechlorinated water for now without any medicine. Add in washed dried oak leaves or Indian Almond Leaves. Are his eyes popped out at all?
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Old 10-28-2012, 11:32 AM   #3 
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Housing
What size is your tank? 2 gallons.
What temperature is your tank? 80
Does your tank have a filter? Yes, but it is covered with a sponge so there is not current
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? BettaFood or blood worms
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3 pellets a day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? 50% a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Conditioner, and currently adding Stability

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? No

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

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Fins look frayed, white or,black at edges
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Sits at bottom of tank and doesn't eat much
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 3 days ago, when I got him
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? With BetaFix
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No, brand new
How old is your fish (approximately)? I just bought him
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Old 10-28-2012, 12:48 PM   #4 
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For a two gallon your water changes are not enough. You need to also add a 100% water change a week. It could be high levels of ammonia in the tank which is making him ill. I would do a 100% water change as soon as possible. As for cycling a tank, you shouldn't do it on one that small unless you know how to cycle and you have a test kit which you need regardless to know if the tank is cycling. Otherwise it's very risky and unsafe.
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Old 10-28-2012, 12:52 PM   #5 
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If his fins are black at the edges, it's possible he's got the start of fin rot.

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Tail rot or fin rot
•Symptoms: Betta’s fins and/or tail seem to be getting shorter and shorter or they seem to be falling apart and dissolving, Black or red along the edge of the betta’s fins/tail, Bloody tips, Behavior may not change
Treatment: Conservative: Treat with Aq.Salt at 1 tsp/gal. Increase water changes to 100% daily. Replace accurate amount of salt following water changes. Add Stress Coat to help repair tissue. If there is little to no improvement within the first 5 days, you can increase the salt dosage gradually to 2tsp/gal but do not continue any salt treatments past 10 days. Also add Stress Coat to help regrowth. Continue until fins/tail stop receding and start showing some new growth.
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Old 10-28-2012, 10:20 PM   #6 
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For a two gallon your water changes are not enough. You need to also add a 100% water change a week. It could be high levels of ammonia in the tank which is making him ill. I would do a 100% water change as soon as possible. As for cycling a tank, you shouldn't do it on one that small unless you know how to cycle and you have a test kit which you need regardless to know if the tank is cycling. Otherwise it's very risky and unsafe.
The fish was only acquired a few days ago, so I doubt there's been time to do more than one water change and he was already sick before going into the 2 gallon.
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Old 10-28-2012, 10:24 PM   #7 
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I got a betta a few days ago as a gift. They gave me him in a teeny tiny tank, so the next day I moved him to a two gallon. The betta already was sick when he was in the small tank. In the new tank I have a filter, heater, conditioned water, and I added some "Stability" to cycle it. The betta has mild fin rot and cloudy eyes. He sits in one spot on the bottom of the tank, occasionally coming up for air. I put some "Bettafix" in the water too. He is eating very little.
Most people here say that anything that ends with -fix, is actually more harmful than it helps because it can harm their labyrinth lung. That being said, frequent water changes with a good water conditioner are usually what people here use for fin rot. They tend to like Prime. Stresscoat is also what they add to help with fin rot and other injuries, etc. It is possible that since he was in such a small container before you got him, that he does have damage from ammonia poisoning as well. Also, use a flashlight to check him for velvet. You'll want to look for a gold or rust colored "dust" on his body and fins, especially around his gills.
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