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Old 04-29-2013, 05:00 PM   #1 
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Question Depressed/sick betta?

What size is your tank? 5 gal
What temperature is your tank? 78
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? none

What type of food do you feed your betta fish? aqueon betta food (i know it isnt the best food for him, but he will spit back up all the other food i give him! Even when he is feeling fine! He even spits up bloodworms!)
How often do you feed your betta fish? every other day

How often do you perform a water change? once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? API stress coat +

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

Ammonia: I brought a sample of his water to the pet store and they said everything was fine except his pH was really low (6.0). They suggested a water change to try to balance it out. When i got home I gave him a 50% water change.

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? a little less bright and he is not showing off his fins
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? normally he swims to greet me and when I got home he was on the bottom of his tank not moving. I got his net out to make sure he was alive and he swam to the top to get air and then went right back down to the bottom. He normally is very hungry, so when i feed him he gets really excited, but he ignored the food right beside him. I got him to eat one pellet but he spit it back up after a few minutes.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? I have been out of town for 4 days, but my roommate fed him while i was gone. She told me he was acting normal for her. So i just noticed the difference when i got home this morning. My roommate told me she remembered to take care of him but she could have easily forgot.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I gave him a 50% water change
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Since I have had him, i brought him home from college for christmas break once. When we were home he did the same thing for the whole trip. I thought he just did not like the different water and the changes. When I brought him back to my apartment he acted normal.
How old is your fish (approximately)? ive had him for one year.
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:37 PM   #2 
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i wonder if your roomie maybe over fed him? he could be constipated. i would use the cooked pea method or daphnia. if you give him a day or two it should clear
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