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Old 02-27-2013, 09:26 PM   #1 
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Question keeping bettas alive and HEALTHY

Hey all! I seem to have a problem with keeping my bettas alive and healthy. currently i have one betta but i've had several in the past. They all have been kept in 5 gallon tanks with a heater and water temp at 78degrees. All the tanks have had filters and live plants and i always use a dechlorinater. Somehow my bettas always get sick with fin rot or something else i can't identify. What am I doing wrong?
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:31 PM   #2 
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How often do you do water changes? Fin rot is from bad water quality...
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:32 PM   #3 
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Also, what are you feeding him? Poor quality food can also make them more prone to illness.
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:17 PM   #4 
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i try to do water changes once a week but sometimes i don't do them for 2 or 3 weeks. also i am feeding him aqueon betta food.
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:23 PM   #5 
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Okay, you should try to do 50% every week. Do you know what the nitrogen cycle is? Just do a google search, you'll find tons of articles. Aqueon is not a great food. If you read the label, wheat flour is listed as one of the first few ingredients. I suggest omega one or new life spectrum. You want to look for a food without a lot of fillers (like yeast or flour).
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:54 AM   #6 
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Another thing I'd suggest is checking your source water for ammonia or extremes of hardness or pH. Just in case. :) But definitely do try for a 25% change minimum per week.
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:50 AM   #7 
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Ok I'll definitely try all that thanks everybody!
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:06 AM   #8 
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If your tank is cycled you need to do 50% weekly water changes with gravel vacuum, filter media rinsing in the old water WITH a water change, walls cleaning. If there is any uneaten food from him always remove it from the water never let it sink to the bottom.

I am going to give you a few links from Oldfishlady about how to take care of the cycled tank and water changes.
http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=115758
http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=107771
Or if you don't want to cycle you can do 1-50 and 1-100% water changes every about 8 days. But you have to acclimate your betta properly to the new water
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