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Old 09-19-2013, 10:40 PM   #1 
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Does he look unhealthy?

I can't decide if Patrick is looking a little unhealthy. His face has always been pale and one of his fins curl at the bottom. I know it's a defect, but I find it cute. I got him for my son for his birthday and I help him care for him. He only has a one gallon tank. I switch out 25% of his water once a week, and he has a filter. When I look up close at his face, he has dark spots around his nose. I can't tell if it's his pattern or a problem. Also, today I moved him to my boyfriends, and.cleaned his tank, gave him fresh water and he keeps flaring his gills around his face as wide as they get. It looks like a Maine. I've never seen him do this. He's not flaring his fins, I've never seen him do that either, even when I tried a mirror. Thanks.



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I plan on getting him larger tank this week some time, and also looking into snacks for him. I also apologize for the dirt on the outside of the tank, lol.

Also, what technical beta fish color is he?
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:31 PM   #2 
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Accidental double post...

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Old 09-19-2013, 11:39 PM   #3 
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Well, I think he is dying. :( what a horrible decision to bring him here. I'm used to living in the country, we have well and bottled water. That's what I used for him. I boiled my boyfriends city water and I don't think we boiled it enough. I think he has chlorine poisoning. I'm so upset. :( but I think that's why he's flaring his gills and he didn't seem to want to eat, but did any ways. Now he's laying on the sponge bob house, and I've never seen him do that before. :(

The inside of his gills look bright red after he was flaring them up, and now he seems much less active but it is night and his light is off. I'm really worried. This little guy is my responsibility and if he does, I let him and my son down. I've had reoccurring nightmares of him dying. I love him, as silly as it sounds. I'll have trouble sleeping tonight :/
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:48 PM   #4 
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You could still save him if you changed his water out with bottle water! Don't just let him die if he still has a chance.
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:51 PM   #5 
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I don't have any here and I don't drive. Is there anything else I can do?
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:53 PM   #6 
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Hey there,

I am so sorry to hear about the troubles that you are having with your little guy but please do not despair yet. He looks fine to me in the photos but if you can get new photos since the poisoning happened that would be great.

Did you use water ager/conditioner when you did the water change? This is critical as it removes the chlorine and ammonia and other harmful heavy metals from the water which are toxic to fish. You can get it from any local pet/aquarium store. Please get some as soon as possible as even if he has been poisoned you may be able to save him.

It does not sound silly that you love your betta, I have 24 bettas (22 males and 2 females) and I love each and every one of them. They have so much personality and interact with me so much and they all have names They are all pets too I do not breed them.
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:54 PM   #7 
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Is there an way that you can get to town, maybe get a lift with someone?
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:55 PM   #8 
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Is there an way that you can get to town, maybe get a lift with someone? time is of the essence to save this little guy. Do you have neighbours maybe they have some bottled water you could offer to buy. Just rattling off any ideas here.
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:57 PM   #9 
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no idea about why it just double posted and only half of the post in the first one
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Old 09-20-2013, 12:03 AM   #10 
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I am guessing you are new to fish keeping, and his tank is on the small side, do you check the water for ammonia and nitrites? in unfiltered small tanks these toxins can rise very quickly? and can be lethal, the city water shouldn't be the issue if it is treated properly. you can buy from any pet store de-chlorinators for tap water making it immediately safe. I have not heard of boiling water to do this only leaving the water with a air stone for 24 hrs to gas off the chlorines. also if you was using a natural water source before, then changing to tap the ph could be very different you can get test kits for that too. ph changes should be done gradually. Betta's do gill flare and display so it is difficult to say if that is unusual. I would suggest getting a shop bought de-chlorinator along with ammonia, nitite and a ph test kits, and check his water conditions.

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