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Old 04-18-2013, 04:11 PM   #1 
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My fish looks like it's dying...

So I just got a fish last Sunday and it is turning brown and gray in some places. I give it food but it doesn't eat. He is still darting around the tank and he no longer hides from me.

I got a pH testing kit on Tuesday and it read 7.6+. Should I use the pH-lowering solution or is the fish already beyond help?

Also should I return my pH test kit and get an API Freshwater Master Test Kit?

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Old 04-18-2013, 04:13 PM   #2 
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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)?

These fish are adjustable to ph... I would not use a product to alter it.
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Old 04-18-2013, 04:23 PM   #3 
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Housing
What size is your tank?
5g
What temperature is your tank?
78F
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?
X

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
Petco brand Betta Pellets
Omega One tropical fish flakes (I got these before I knew that bettas usually don't like these)
Blood Worms

How often do you feed your betta fish?
once a day, usually a blood worm every other day, 2 pellets, and a very small flake

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?
Weekly, but it hasn't been a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
40%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Conditioner, and Zyme.

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

Ammonia: X
Nitrite: X
Nitrate: X
pH: 7.6+
Hardness: X
Alkalinity: X

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
He was a little gray when I got him then he turned bright blue, and now he is turning brown.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
He spends half of his time lying down and the other half at the top with is mouth above the water.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Day 3
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
X
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
X
How old is your fish (approximately)?
I have had him for 4 days

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Old 04-18-2013, 04:46 PM   #4 
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Additional water tests would help us track down the problem better. If you can get the master test kit, do so... it is a very useful and long lasting kit.

For now, I'd recommend changing about half of the water in case the problem is high ammonia or nitrites. Once that is out of the way, then we can look in to other possible problems.

It very well might just be that he/she is stressed out from the new environment. Given that he/she's only four days old makes that a reasonable possibility. But do the easy stuff first... change the water.
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Old 04-18-2013, 04:56 PM   #5 
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I'll try to get the other test kit but I may not get it by the end of this week.
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Old 04-18-2013, 05:08 PM   #7 
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he looks like he might be constipated so I think you might wanna fast him for a day or two but I'm not an expert so you should wait and see if anybody else has any other ideas first..
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he looks like he might be constipated so I think you might wanna fast him for a day or two but I'm not an expert so you should wait and see if anybody else has any other ideas first..
He doesn't eat :\
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