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Old 02-21-2013, 08:31 PM   #1 
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Possibly sick baby betta.

Housing
What size is your tank? 2.5
What temperature is your tank? 78*
Does your tank have a filter? yes, whisper 3i w/sponge over intake
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? 0

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? I'v tried NLS .5mm Small fish formula and NLS Betta formula, freeze dried bloodworms on rare occasion
How often do you feed your betta fish? once a day w/ a fasting day/week

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? every other day
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%-100% (just did a 100% yesterday)
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime

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

Ammonia:1.0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: 5ppm
pH: 8.0 I think this is because my tap has a high ph
Hardness: not sure how to test for this
Alkalinity: very?

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Clamped fins and some fin tearing
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? not very active, but really wasn't overly active to begin with. Doesn't eat and seems skinny.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? The last few days
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? no
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? I've had s/he for about a month
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:13 AM   #2 
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Your water has 1ppm ammonia a day after a water change? Does your tap have ammonia in it? Please test.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:49 AM   #3 
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when you did the water test, did you use the dip stic or the liquid test kit?
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:17 AM   #4 
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I will test my tap. Right now trying to find out if I'm working or not. I use liquid.
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:19 AM   #5 
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Also, when I did the WC, I took everything out. Cleaned everything with hot water.
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:19 PM   #6 
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I got home from work and found s/he dead. I did a wc last night before I went to bed. So I dont know. I tested my tap when I got home and it was fine. I am clueless. I did, however, pick up a beautiful crowntail female when I went and did my return. She will be going into my established divided 10g.
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:23 PM   #7 
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I'm sorry :(

If your tap water has zero ammonia and your tank has 1 ppm ammonia you need to be doing more frequent water changes. What you described is okay but the 100% should include a thorough rinsing of all gravel and decor, and the 50% I would use a turkey baster to remove debris from the gravel. If you do this, ammonia should not get so high.

Otherwise you may be letting food fall to the bottom?
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:19 PM   #8 
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But thats what is crazy...I honestly have been doing the water changes about every other day (50%) and a 100% wc every week. And that includes washing the gravel and everything...Food was falling to the bottom because she wouldnt eat. That was the main reason I was doing so many wc's. I do the same schedule with my other tanks and the numbers were normal. I may never know. Thanks for the help.
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