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Old 07-05-2013, 12:03 AM   #1 
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Question New Beta, think shes sick, need help

I just bought a beta for my girlfriend today, after adjusting the water to "room temperature" we let her loose in her tank, she was darty and hungry at first but now she just sets on her rock, no fin movement but she seems to breathe regularly. Any ideas? I'm gunna wait till morning and go but a thermometer for her tank but I'm worried about her, kind of getting attached already...
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:56 AM   #2 
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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?

What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

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?


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)?

To me it sounds like shock. Keep her tank quiet and dark. You will know within three days (though it shouldn't take quite that long) whether or not she'll make it. We will be able to provide further help based on the information listed above.
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Old 07-05-2013, 01:16 AM   #3 
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Welcome to the forum. If you only let the temperature adjust, you may have shocked her with the new water. Water isn't just "water." There are differences in pH, hardness, etc. So it's always a good idea to acclimate fish to new water before letting them into the tank.

There are many ways to do a water change and acclimate (reintroduce) your fish back into the tank. Here is one variation that can be done whenever you need to replace the water in the tank:
  1. Note the temperature of the tank water.
  2. Using a plastic cup, scoop her, along with some of her water, into the cup.
  3. Clean out the tank. Refill with water at the SAME temp. Be sure to add the correct amount of water conditioner.
  4. Float the cup in the tank for about 15 min. (This equalizes temperature.)
  5. Add a SMALL amount of NEW water to the cup. (Several tablespoons, or about 1.5 ounces.)
  6. Let the cup float for about 10 min.
  7. If the cup starts to fill too much, remove a SMALL amount of water from the cup. Discard it.
  8. Repeat steps 5-7, until about an hour has passed. (This allows her system to become accustomed to the new water parameters.)
  9. Gently release her into the tank.
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Old 07-05-2013, 02:06 AM   #4 
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Room temp is usually to cold for them - unless your room is like 87. Water temp is nomrally a few degreese colder then air temp.
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