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Old 01-02-2013, 04:21 PM   #11 
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Originally Posted by MMad1121 View Post
Well that might be where we were going wrong. I'll stop using the salt then, and do a small change today. I didn't know that it couldn't be used indefinitely. I'll post pictures of him in a little bit. Unfortunately I can't post pictures from my phone. He's very very lethargic though, and is spending a lot of time on the bottom. Also, I'll post the parameters when I get home.

Thanks everyone for your help!

Yeah it's not supposed to be used indefinitely on betta's but you didnt know so dont worry too much about it, most people assume since its safe for most fish its safe for betta's.
I would say that his issues are probably from the salt, i'd do a 50% change when you get home and then another 50 in a couple days so that you can get most of that salt out of there. warm-clean-saltless, water will probably do best for him right now. You can also add slime coat!
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:21 PM   #12 
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**updated** pictures

After doing a 25% change yesterday, Speck came back to life a little bit. He swam around and even ate a little. About to do another 25% change. Pictures below. Very lethargic again today.

What size is your tank? 2.5g
What temperature is your tank? between 78-80 degrees F
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
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None

What type of food do you feed your betta fish? BettaMin Tropical Crisps
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1-2 times daily


How often do you perform a water change? Every 5-6 days
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? Full
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime and Top fin water conditioner (was adding aq. salt, but have stopped this)

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

Ammonia: Safe, according to color wheel
Nitrite: Unknown
Nitrate: Unknown
pH: >8.0
Hardness: Unknown
Alkalinity: Unknown

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Color Fade
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Severe lethargy
When did you start noticing the symptoms? at least a week, maybe 2
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? daily 25% water changes, starting 1/2/13
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Not really
How old is your fish (approximately)? Owned for ~1 year. Age unknown.
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