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Old 02-22-2013, 12:05 AM   #11 
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Sorry :( Here is some general information..

Water conditioner is not optional.

2 gallons is minimum for keeping a betta healthy long term.

In this size you should do two weekly water changes a week - 50% and 100%. He should be scooped in a little plastic solo type cup and not use a net. New water should be the exact same temp as old water - matched using his in tank thermometer. Water and conditioner should also be premixed (you can use fresh water jugs from the grocery store - rinsed well in hot water but not chems).

Room temp may not be okay, unless your house stays a constant (meaning no swings or peaks) of 80F+ Any swings (like if you let your house drop at night) are hard on him. They can even be lethal. You need a constant unchanging temp between 78-80F. In a 2G you can get a 25w adjustable heater. Make sure any heater you get is tested 24hours in similar size container to make sure it will maintain a constant appropriate temp. You must always use an in tank thermometer to monitor the temp. He must be acclimated to the water water either by floating in a cup inside the already fully warmed water for a hour, or by adjusting the heater to increase no more than 1 degree per hour and 5 degrees per day.

He should be getting two small meals a day, at least a couple at a time and one fast day a week. However, your pellet is low quality which can lead to constipation issues. You should look for a pellet whose first two or three ingredients are whole fish and not fish meal or wheat.
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:36 AM   #12 
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I've been keeping fish off and on for 37 years.

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Sorry :( Here is some general information..

Water conditioner is not optional.

2 gallons is minimum for keeping a betta healthy long term.

In this size you should do two weekly water changes a week - 50% and 100%. He should be scooped in a little plastic solo type cup and not use a net. New water should be the exact same temp as old water - matched using his in tank thermometer. Water and conditioner should also be premixed (you can use fresh water jugs from the grocery store - rinsed well in hot water but not chems).

Room temp may not be okay, unless your house stays a constant (meaning no swings or peaks) of 80F+ Any swings (like if you let your house drop at night) are hard on him. They can even be lethal. You need a constant unchanging temp between 78-80F. In a 2G you can get a 25w adjustable heater. Make sure any heater you get is tested 24hours in similar size container to make sure it will maintain a constant appropriate temp. You must always use an in tank thermometer to monitor the temp. He must be acclimated to the water water either by floating in a cup inside the already fully warmed water for a hour, or by adjusting the heater to increase no more than 1 degree per hour and 5 degrees per day.

He should be getting two small meals a day, at least a couple at a time and one fast day a week. However, your pellet is low quality which can lead to constipation issues. You should look for a pellet whose first two or three ingredients are whole fish and not fish meal or wheat.

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Old 02-22-2013, 11:13 AM   #13 
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You're right.. I have to repeat myself a lot, because despite this forum being filled with info people, like you, don't bother to read it. However, most people are at least happy to get the personalized info.. most don't think they already know everything and fight the people who spend hours going over threads to help people, completely free of charge and donating their own time.

Since you didn't bother to include much info about your keeping habits with your post, despite the forum has a bolded sticky marked "Please answer as many of these questions as you can when seeking help", I was just giving you a run through of general information that may have effected the life of your fish. Sorry I'm not psychic and can't read your head to know how much of it you already follow. Take it or leave it. I reiterate everything I said to be true.

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Old 02-22-2013, 11:50 AM   #14 
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Welcome to the forum and sorry you are having problems....I think you already know what the problem is...I was asked to take a look and give my 2 cents...lol....Anyway, I agree in your thought that it is something with your water...possible water mold of some type based on the S/S and pic of your Betta. As I am sure you already know....gotta get the test and treat the water....

How old was that Betta by the way....I just skimmed through and didn't catch how long he had been sick or how long you had him....

sorry for your loss by the way...

Oh and I agree....personally if I lived in a tropical environment....I wouldn't waste my money on heaters....lol....and if your water isn't treated with chemicals-you don't need dechlorinators either IMO/E....I have well water and don't use it myself....no problems going into 40+ years...
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