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Old 11-14-2012, 09:49 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Help! I think Sushi Fish is going to die :(

Housing
What size is your tank? 2.5 Gal
What temperature is your tank? It was 72F this morning. I bought a 10W heater and when I came home this evening temp was 86F.
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? See above
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None.

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Unknown type of pellets that came with the fish.
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3-4 pellets per day.

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Definitely not enough.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Water conditioner and algae control.

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

I bought a kit this morning but have not tested water.

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

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Havent noticed
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He is very lethargic.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 2-3 days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Put him in a QT.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? NO
How old is your fish (approximately)? 1.5 years


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One shows hims pointed head up. This is from this morning. He would periodically swim to get air then sink to the bottom.

The other photo shows him laying at the bottom of the QT virtually motionless.

Any ideas?
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:51 PM   #2 
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I'm sorry but i think it might already be too late...
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:54 PM   #3 
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Water changes NEED to be preformed often to get the nasty out of the water, and to keep him healthy, i had a fish acting like this a while back, was dead by the end of the day, this is sad to say but im afraid its too late, you should let us know as soon as the symptoms happen so we have time to help you..
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:59 PM   #4 
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The last time I changed the water was about 3 weeks ago. Also, I think that he is/was stressed be cause we have cats that constantly swat at the tank.

If it is too late, what is the best way to humanly euthanize him?
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:03 PM   #5 
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I have heard clove oil works the best, but i think you should just wait it out. Btw it looks like a severe case of constipation leading to SBD which caused the floating. The only cure is some epsom salts. Normally its 1 teaspoon per gallon but i think you should amp it up to 2. Like the poster above, its probably too laye, but worth a try right? You can get epsom salts at any drug store.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:30 PM   #6 
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Thanks for the responses. I think he is dead :(. He is not floating, but he is laying at the bottom of the QT and has not moved at all for quite some time. I have been watching closely and it does not look like he is breathing.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:40 PM   #7 
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Poke him... or tap the glass.... I'm sorry for your loss!
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:14 PM   #8 
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If he hasn't passed, I would recommend an immediatent water change and add a little bit of epsom salt to his water if you have any on hand. I hope all works out!
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:33 AM   #9 
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He has passed for sure. Thanks for the advice. I feel awful because I had a very busy day today and I think I could have saved him if I would have had more time this morning to make a quick water change with epsom salt.

RIP Sushi Fish.
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