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Old 09-03-2013, 05:56 PM   #1 
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Not Feeling Too Well :/

I moved back to college recently, I've just started my third week and one of my fish just hasn't adjusted well. Floyd has been resting a lot as of late and his fins are really, really long. His anal fin is approaching 2.5" in length, it is def over 2.25" so that's gotta be pretty heavy and as I said he rests more than usual and for the past few days he has been really lethargic, barely moving and mostly hanging around near the bottom of the tank where he usually sleeps. When he does swim he doesn't seem to have a lot of trouble, just sinks really fast when he stops swimming because he's heavy I guess. The tank is clean and all the water tests are normal and his tank mate, another betta (the tank is a divided 10 gallon) is behaving normally and is just as lively as usual. So something is just up with Floyd I reckon. I so far have decided he is either just getting older (will be a year old in November) and has passed his juvenile phase and is just chilling or he may be constipated. He did not eat this morning, I put the food (Omega betta pellets) right in front of him and took it out when it finally sank to the bottom of the tank. I won't feed him tonight either, he does not look constipated but I dunno :/ he just acts like he isn't feeling well.
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:00 PM   #2 
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Hi.... Could you fill out the form below so that we have more information?

Answer what you can, and put N/A for anything that you can't answer.

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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 09-03-2013, 10:25 PM   #3 
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What size is your tank? 10 Gallons
What temperature is your tank? Never below 80
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? It is evenly divided with a plakat male on the other side who is behaving perfectly normal

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Omega One betta pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? Every 12 hours except on Fridays when I fast them, I give them three pellets in the am and two in the pm

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Every Friday
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 30%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Conditioner and C02, used to add fertilizer but then I started getting algae so I began to very tentatively treat with algaefix until told not to. I hope it didn't harm the fish.

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

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
pH: 7
Hardness: soft, <1dGH
Alkalinity: NA

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? His appearance is normal
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Yes he is barely active and rests a lot on his decor and at the bottom of the tank.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? For a couple of weeks now, he was resting a lot and within the past few days he is not interested in eating and is not active.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I did not feed him today thinking it could possibly be constipation but no meds have been added to the tank.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No.
How old is your fish (approximately)? 10 months.
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Old 09-04-2013, 10:13 AM   #4 
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Well I got up this morning and Floyd has unfortunately passed in the night :( he was my first betta, I had him for 8 months. I wish I was home so I could bury him and unfortunately home is not just a short drive away. He released his bowls when he died and I do believe constipation was his undoing. I wish I had caught it sooner. I'm just really sad right now ;-; and I don't know what to do with the body (I've been told not to flush them). I do know I will not be replacing him, I will just take out the divider and let Freddie have full rein of the tank now.
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Old 09-04-2013, 10:40 AM   #5 
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I've taken the liberties of inspecting Floyd's remains and his ... poo. I swear it looks like there are wisteria leaves in his waste, could he have possibly eaten plants??? Betta are carnivorous, why would he have done that?
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:13 PM   #6 
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Sorry about Floyd....
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:22 PM   #7 
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You can put his body in a plastic bag and dispose of it in the garbage. Or, if you prefer, you can bury him outside under an ornamental plant.

Why do you say it specifically looks like wisteria leaves (versus another type of leaf)? What type of plants are in your tank? (Wisteria, perhaps? ) I don't know why he would have eaten these.
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Old 09-05-2013, 06:07 PM   #8 
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I am on a college campus so Idk if I should have buried him, buuuut I buried him under a tree by the water tower lol
I took out the divider today and my other fish is so happy right now with the full 10 gallons to himself. And yes there are three wisteria plants in the tank, I took out all the dead leaves today hoping the other fish wouldn't eat them.
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