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Old 03-12-2013, 08:49 PM   #1 
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I think my fish is dying ??!!

Ok, so my fish, Chunk, is very sick. He's fins are getting shorter and shorter , he has gold dust on him, and now he can't swim. Get was laying sideways on the bottom, then would swim as hard as he could to the top. Then nose dive back down :/ down he is just floating along the top with is nose up and fins down. I have read a few things but I can't figure it out. Please help !!! :/
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:55 PM   #2 
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It sounds like Velvet, especially with the gold dust. Can you answer these questions so we can all help you more efficiently?

Housing
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

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

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:03 PM   #3 
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It sounds like Velvet, especially with the gold dust. Can you answer these questions so we can all help you more efficiently?

Housing
What size is your tank? 1.5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 78
Does your tank have a filter? I took it out today
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

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Flakes
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day. Maybe twice

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Every 3-4 days
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Water conditioner , aquarium salt

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? No

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Short fins, lethargic, can't swim, loss of color
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He just sits there. Very lethargic
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 5 days ago, just today for not being able to swim.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Yes. It seems he's always sick :/
How old is your fish (approximately)?6-7 months
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:07 PM   #4 
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Can you share photos? This is what velvet looks like:
http://www.bettainfo.com/wp-content/...ta_velvet1.jpg
http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t...rVelvet004.jpg
http://www.bettafish.com/attachment....3&d=1315280143

Aquarium salt should only be used when an actual disease is present. Using it regularly will make it completely worthless when an actual disease presents itself. Moreover, it can lead to premature organ failure.

How exactly do you do water changes and acclimation? Please be as detailed as possible.

Flakes aren't good nutritional value, and especially with something this small they muck up the water quickly causing excess ammonia. You should look for a good quality pellets whose first two or three ingredients are whole fish, not fish meal or wheat. He should be fed two small meals a day (how many depends on the pellet you pick up) and one fast day a week.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:13 PM   #5 
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I second everything callistra said. If it is in fact Velvet, a few things you can do are: 100% daily water changes (especially when/if you add meds), increase the temperature a few degrees slowly (no more than two degrees a day), and keeping the tank somewhere dark (the parasites are light sensitive).
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:33 PM   #6 
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Ok , Water Changes:
I remove him and put him in a container. I remove the plant & heater then dump out the water then rinse the rocks until the water is clean. I put the plant & heater back in then put the water conditioner tablet in. I let it dissolve all the way then put him back in slowly. I then dissolved the salt then dumped it in( which I will no longer do )

Pellets.
I have tried these before and he would spit them out and not eat them ??
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:36 PM   #7 
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What kind of conditioner is it (I've never heard of any that come in tablets)? And the pellets could have been too big, depending on the size of the pellet and the size of your Betta. What brand did you use?
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:46 PM   #8 
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It's called Beta Care Kit by Aqua Culture.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:54 PM   #9 
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I can't comment on it since I've never used it, but hopefully another member can. On the subject of illness, does your Betta look like the pictures callistra showed you? Do you think it's Velvet?
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:54 PM   #10 
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So what do I need to do ??
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