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Old 01-01-2013, 08:25 PM   #1 
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Clamped, pale EE

What size is your tank? 10 gallon divided
What temperature is your tank? 76
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes top fin 50 watt
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? Another male (divided), a nerite snail, a mystery snail

What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Top Fin
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 pellets twice daily

How often do you perform a water change? Weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50% roughly
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Stress Coat

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


Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Pale, clamped, looks like he might be showing some stripes
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He lays in his cave all of the time. He will come out to eat and breath then goes right back to laying in his cave
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 1 day ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No, I don't know what to treat
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No I've had him about a month and he's been fine
How old is your fish (approximately)? Full grown at purchase last month

The other fish in the aquarium is doing fine, he's a CT that I've had for a couple of years. The tank has a few live plants and terra cotta pots for hiding places
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:56 PM   #2 
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Ok maybe start about by setting your heater to 78; it should make him more comfortable. That probably isn't the problem but 78 should be the minimum.

Secondly, your ammonia is a little high and your nitrate is sorta high. Try to get everything at zero. Go ahead and do a 100% water change or as close as possible. What is weird is that the other betta on the other side seems fine? Still get your params to zero and monitor him for improvement.
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:08 PM   #3 
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If he is pail and showing black or dark stripes then he is stressed, ya i would do the same as LeoTheLakerBetta said.
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:05 PM   #4 
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Normally, a 50% water change should be sufficient for a fully cycled 10 gallon. How long has it been set up with fish in it and are you sure it's fully cycled? However, snails are very messy.. as you're seeing with your ammonia level.. If it is fully cycled, looks like your'e going to have to increase your water changes to a couple times a week, which isn't a big surprise to me. Make sure you are are also doing a thorough vacuuming of the gravel with a siphon once a week. Go ahead and do a change now to get rid of the ammonia. Go ahead and do a 50% water change now.

Tank is cold. Bump it up 2-3 degrees..slowly.. 1 degree per hour.

For the clamped, one he needs to be QTed in something you can keep warm with 100% water change - you know how to acclimate right?. Can you share photos? What does his poop look like? Can you see a sprinkling of salt on his body? When you shine a flash light does it look like he's dusted in gold? Anything else you can think of other than pale and clamped?

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Old 01-01-2013, 10:11 PM   #5 
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I totally agree with Callistra. I'd QT him if there is another betta in the ten gallon... Though it COULD just be stress, it could also be signs of sickness that could be contagious. Some bettas handle ammonia better than others. If it is the ammonia bothering him, it can lower his immune system and cause sickness.
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