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Old 08-06-2009, 12:10 PM   #1 
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Exclamation What's wrong with her? =(

Okay, so I've had my betta for a little over a month. She is in a 5gal tank with a pleco, a snail, and a few tetras. She was doing GREAT! Till now for some reason.

She lays in the bottom of her castle. Then she'll shoot out the top and swim around the tank while she sort of rubs herself against the plastic plants and the filter. It only last for about 20 or 30 seconds. Then she'll go back in the castle and lay down. She hasn't been eating a lot. And when she gets her little bursts of energy, she'll swim to the top for air. I have NO idea what's wrong with her.

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Old 08-06-2009, 12:44 PM   #2 
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She might have ich or something if shes rubbing against stuff.
& one word or advice, I wouldn't have all those other fish with her in a 5 gallon. Especially the pleco. They get really big. My pleco lives in a 55 gallon tank.
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Old 08-06-2009, 01:21 PM   #3 
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Our pleco (Judy, named after my mom, cos' she's a clean freak LoL) is just a baby. No worries. I'm saving to get a bigger tank. Is there something I should look for if it is ich? I mean, I look at her when she comes out and I don't see any spots or anything. But I'll treat her for it just in case.
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Old 08-06-2009, 01:25 PM   #4 
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Oh okay. well that works.
Hmm, well the signs of ich are if she looks like someone sprinkled salt on her. I can't think of anything else it could be. Someone else may be able to help.
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Old 08-06-2009, 01:53 PM   #5 
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Sounds like Ich. I would keep her in a smaller tank while you treat her. Get some meds for ich.
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Old 08-06-2009, 03:33 PM   #6 
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Awesome. Thank you. I'll post with updates.
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Old 08-06-2009, 04:45 PM   #7 
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Exactly what everyone said, I would get meds for ich and treat in a smaller tank.
Also, I think ich is contagious, so it would be a good idea to really clean the tank as to not to spread it to the others. I would suggest boiling all the decor.

Now, having all of those fish in a 5 gallon is a terrible idea. tetras need at least 10 gallons and a pleco gets big no matter how small it is now. I would get something larger for it and the other fish now.
In a 5 gallon, the female betta and the snail only is just fine.
Good luck with the treatment.
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Old 08-06-2009, 06:43 PM   #8 
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Got'cha. 5 gallons. Not big enough. Workin' on that.
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Old 08-07-2009, 05:14 PM   #9 
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i agree, lol. hope its not ich, it can be really hard to cure
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Old 08-07-2009, 10:52 PM   #10 
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It sounds like this is a relatively new tank. Depending on when the fish were added there may be high levels of ammonia and/or nitrites that are highly irritant to the fish. Did you notice the other fish flashing against gravel or decorations? It is probably a good idea to get your water tested. Your local pets store will do that for free. Then if everything looks ok you can still treat. A water change may be a good idea too even if the water tests fine.
I definitely agree with the other posters. This is a large bioload for a five gallon tank.
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