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Old 04-22-2013, 12:56 AM   #1 
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Exclamation Fighting to keep Betta alive

Im having a panic attack over here. My fish Dreamless is barely breathing and is laying at the bottom of his tank not moving nor breathing correctly! I checked his water and it fairly cold due to his heater not working right. Im trying the best to keep him alive but I really do not know what to do. I put warm water in his tank hoping he would move around and breath normally. Still no signs of improvement. Im beginning to freak out that I will lose him tonight.
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:00 AM   #2 
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Could you post pictures of him? Have you tested your water parameters?
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Could you post pictures of him? Have you tested your water parameters?
I can take a picture right now. All my testing stuff I left at a friends..
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A picture would be great. Also what size tank is he in and how often do you do water changes and what percentage of water do you change? How long since your heater stopped working?
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A picture would be great. Also what size tank is he in and how often do you do water changes and what percentage of water do you change? How long since your heater stopped working?
I believe the tank is a 20lb. I do water changes 2 times a week. The heater stopped this afternoon but the sun hits his tank. http://www.flickr.com/photos/8751300...in/photostream
That is a picture of him. Some reason it wont load on here.
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Well looking at the photo I can't see any obvious signs of disease however a pic showing him side on would also have been good. Sorry any chance you could convert 20lb to either gallons or liters? Maybe a toxin in the water, when things go wrong a large water change can help. Just be sure to get the temp and ph of the new watch to match the water he is in so that he does not go into shock
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Well looking at the photo I can't see any obvious signs of disease however a pic showing him side on would also have been good. Sorry any chance you could convert 20lb to either gallons or liters? Maybe a toxin in the water, when things go wrong a large water change can help. Just be sure to get the temp and ph of the new watch to match the water he is in so that he does not go into shock
http://www.flickr.com/photos/8751300...n/photostream/

Theres a picture of him. He has been moving slightly but still rarely breathing.
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Is he eating and is he grasping for air? How are the ammonia nitrite and nitrate levels?
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Is he eating and is he grasping for air? How are the ammonia nitrite and nitrate levels?
He is not eating. He is gasping for air though. I do not know the levels. I don't have my testing kit with me.
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I'd do a 70% water change as an emergency measure, and maybe a second one later in the day, since you can't test the water right now. You could also take a sample of the water to a pet store and have them check it for you, if you can. You might could put a lightbulb near him to warm him up, as well. (But give him a hiding place so the bright light doesn't stress him out.) If the reason for his distress is toxins in the water, then the water changes may save him.
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