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Old 10-09-2008, 08:05 PM   #1 
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this is my first betta fish

I got him 3 months ago and there is something wrong with him and i dont know what i put pictures of him under the subject Help!!!!! bubble behind his head and i dont know what i should do ill put a pic of him up here again but i would like to know what to do the tank is 1 gallon the tem is about 77 degrees f
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Old 10-09-2008, 09:05 PM   #2 
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Does he look like a pinecone from the top? IE, scales are raised or bumpy?

What are yoru water parameters?
Heater, Filter?
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Old 10-09-2008, 09:11 PM   #3 
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he looks alil like a pine conenot by much its like the bubble is getting bigger and as that happens the scales are dissappering ... i have been watching him and the bubble at the bottom is starting to look see through

i dont have a heater and the filter seems to be fine
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Old 10-09-2008, 09:14 PM   #4 
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Sounds like dropsy to me. This is 99% of the time fatal, and there is no none cure. Once he hits that stage, you cant do anything. Dropsy is a bacterial (?) infection that is caused from *bad water quality*.

And may I ask why you dont have a heater or a filer? I'm sorry if I sound rude, but they need these. What makes them different from other fish that they dont need a filter or a filter? Again, I'm sorry, but people need to get this into their head.

I hope your betta will be ok in the end.
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Old 10-11-2008, 08:15 PM   #5 
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i do

i do have a filter and the heater wouldent fit but the water temp is always good
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Old 10-12-2008, 12:45 PM   #6 
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Bettas must be kept at a steady 78 degrees for the temp to be "good". What's it been at?

But anyways, to get back to the original topic if he's pineconed it looks like dropsy which is kidney failure which can be caused by a good many things. So to try to get to the bottom of this you will describe for us:

Your tank cleaning schedule
Your feeding schedule

Unfortunately there isn't much hope that he will survive which I'm sorry about but perhaps we can prevent the loss of any others and give them an increased quality of life (maybe the starting point can be getting a larger tank? We usually like to see bettas in at least 2.5 gallons).
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Old 10-12-2008, 08:41 PM   #7 
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thank you guys for all your help and i think he is going to be okay ill keep you updated
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Old 10-12-2008, 08:44 PM   #8 
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And you have avoided this question:

What are your water parameters and water changing schedule?

Please answer it so we know what is happening.
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