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Old 11-02-2013, 01:37 PM   #1 
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What Is Going On!?

I dont know if my bettas are digging the Prime. Ever since i started using it, they seem either stressed out or lazy.

*Woodhouse, stopped eating his pellets and blood worms, will only eat flakes now.
*Krieger bit off almost ALL of his fins last night, and he's never been a bitter.
*My baby betta Riley is clamping her fins
*Seamus is going crazy, swimming frantically, like hes trying to attack something.

Im starting to get down on myself, starting to feel that i can't care for them properly. I need advice.

Im already re-homing some due to being laid off and having to move. But the few I can hold onto, I want to make sure im doing everything right.

I sorry if ive asked these questions before and Ive been given answers. But now this thread isn't just focused on one fish with one problem. This thread is about every bit of advice and tips to care for them.

My setup is NOT what i or you would call perfect or adequate. But it's what I can afford right now. My birthday can not come soon enough.

This is the info for all my tanks. Please any advice, concerns or anything else is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for reading and thank you in advance.

Housing
What size is your tank?
1 GALLON
What temperature is your tank?
ADULTS: 78-80, BABIES: 80-82
Does your tank have a filter?
NO
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
NO
Is your tank heated?
NO
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
NONE, THEY ALL HAVE THEIR OWN TANK

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
2 PELLETS, 1 BLOOD WORM AM, 2 PELLETS PM
How often do you feed your betta fish?
ADULTS: 2x A DAY, 8AM & 8PM, BABIES: 3x A DAY

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?
3x A WEEK
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
ADULTS: 100% ON SUNDAYS, 50% ON WED & FRI, BABIESl 50% EVERYDAY
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
PRIME AND IAL EXTRACT
Water Parameters: FAIRLY GOOD
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
pH: 7.8
Hardness: N/A
Alkalinity: N/A

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
TAIL BITING, CLAMPED FINS
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
REFUSING CERTAIN FOODS, LAZINESS, STRESSFUL FRANTIC SWIMMING,
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
YESTERDAY
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
NO, WANT TO DO SALT BATHS, BUT DONT KNOW HOW TO DO IT SAFELY
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
NO
How old is your fish (approximately)?
THEY ARE PETSMART BETTAS, SO ANYWHERE FROM 5 MONTHS TO A YEAR.
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Old 11-02-2013, 02:32 PM   #2 
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Old 11-02-2013, 03:44 PM   #4 
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I wouldn't think it's the Prime, no matter how badly I attack Seachem at times, It's a produce that we have used with success for many year with very few problem.
In order of relatance, Some things to consider are:
External Parasites
A water quality issue
IAL Extract (I know nothing about this product but would suspect it before the Prime)
An unknown disease or virus.

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Old 11-02-2013, 03:58 PM   #5 
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Thank you for replying.

Im honestly about to give up. Everything is going wrong all at once and i can't afford it anymore. i may have to re-home all of them.

Im not going to use the IAL extract anymore, wasted $10 on that.
I know my water is hard, everything else is fine ph, ammonia etc.

I gave Krieger an AQ salt bath for his bitten fins, and the baby for her clamping.

Are these signs of any disease that you know of?
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Old 11-02-2013, 04:23 PM   #6 
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Clamped fins and bottom sitting are a sign of a fish that is not feeling well.
Fin biting is something that is unique to Bettas, so is something I have never death with.
Darting and erratic swimming and bottom sitting can be a sign of external parasites or water quality issues.

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Old 11-02-2013, 04:53 PM   #7 
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Thumbs down

Ok, thank you for the info. Im so lost and im broke, so i cant purchase anything for them.

My local pet store may be willing to take 3 of them, going to talk to her tomorrow.

It's all stressing me out and I dont need anymore of that right now.

I feel like i failed.
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Old 11-02-2013, 06:56 PM   #8 
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juust an update...

My LFS is going to hold 3 of my bettas on consignments til either someone buys them or i can take them back.. Which helps me drastically.....
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Good store!
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Old 11-02-2013, 07:21 PM   #10 
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Definitely, the owner is amazing, she was the one that offered to foster/consign them for me. she even offered to take them all, but i dont want to overload her either. still makes me sad, left one with her already.
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