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Old 05-28-2013, 05:50 PM   #1 
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Betta fish may be dying

Hi this is my first time posting on this website.
I noted this on Saturday.My betta, midnight is laying on his side on the bottom of his tank. He'll only move to get air and then he will float helplessly to the bottom of his tank. If i move his tank he'll only move a little and move his fin. He wont eat and he may have a fungus growing on him i don't know if i should treat him while hes in this conditon.
Iv'e had him for about a year, he's in a two gallon tank right now and he has a heater, because he dosen't have a filter i change half his water twice a week and then i do a full change at least twice a month. i have well water that is slighly chlorinated so i use decholrinater. He eats flakes and bloodworms he never really ate much so i fed him once a day. he's about a year old

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Old 05-28-2013, 05:57 PM   #2 
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Hello montyquill and welcome to the forum. I am sorry to hear your Betta is sick, would it be possible you could get a picture of him so the members can help you better in seeing the fungus that might be growing on him ?

Also if you will fill out this form it would be most helpful...Thanks and hang in there till someone can offer you some help.


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 05-28-2013, 06:14 PM   #3 
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Housing
What size is your tank? 2 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 80 degress
Does your tank have a filter? no
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 and freezedried bloodworms
How often do you feed your betta fish? once a day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? twice a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50% twice a week, full once or twice a month
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? water conditioner

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? fungus has appered on body
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? very slow and lethargic. he usually swims to the top of the tank when you put your hand over it and he hasn't been eating
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Three days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? no not yet
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately) about a year old
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this is a picture of the fungus it's kind of blurry the is very light and near his tail[IMG][/IMG]
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When is the last time you did a water change and how much water did you change out ?
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Old 05-28-2013, 06:21 PM   #6 
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i did a full water change a week before this happed
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Old 05-28-2013, 06:35 PM   #7 
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Okay well I am sorry but that does sound like you have not been doing enough water changes and could be why he is sick right now. I think it would be best to do a water change right now, do you have something you use to put him in when you do a water change ?

Tell me how you do your water change so I can advise you better in getting him into some fresh warm clean water without shocking him.
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I use a plastic container that has half his old water and half new water. i try to keep the temperature the same as the tank. i use a net to get him into the container. i put the rocks through a strainer with holes big enough for waste to go through but not the rocks. i then fill the tank back up with water and put the water conditoner in and then i put the heater back in and let it acclimate for 10 minutes and then i put my fish back in.
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Old 05-28-2013, 06:52 PM   #9 
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Alright that does sound good the way you are doing his water change. Can you do one right now just they way you always do them ?

I think some AQ salt might be a good idea to add to his water also. I am trying to get you some more help since I only know very little about the types of treatment a sick Betta needs.
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Old 05-28-2013, 07:02 PM   #10 
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I changed his water. when i put him back inside he swam to the top for air and then floated back down to the bottom of the tank. Ill have to get some AQ salt tomorrow the pet store near me are closed. hopefully he'll make through the night
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