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Old 11-25-2013, 06:26 PM   #1 
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Betta Rescue(is it dying?)

Got a new betta yesterday and put him in a filtered, 5 gallon tank that's currently 72 degrees. I rescued him from my neglectful petco because he looked like he would die if he didn't get proper care soon.My tank is planted with 6 plants and a piece of smooth coral with a ton of hiding holes and he's accompanied by three little neon tetras. I think it's a pretty nice betta environment.
He's been sitting on the bottom, propping himself on the side of a rock close to the filter. He hasn't moved around much and refuses to eat (even when offered frozen brine shrimp)
Oh, he's a half moon double tail if that helps at all. I just want to know what I can do to help him :( Should I be prepared for him to die?
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Old 11-25-2013, 06:32 PM   #2 
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am just into Betta fish too....but guess the temp should be around 75 to 79F...not sure if this would affect the neon tetras ..

if possible post some pics...that would help others to reply more accurately
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Old 11-25-2013, 06:33 PM   #3 
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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)?

Also, I maybe a mod could move this too the Diseases and Emergencies section.
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Old 11-25-2013, 06:35 PM   #4 
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I would separate him from the other fish just to be safe, so they don't get anything if he is sick.
I also think 76 is minimum temp for bettas try to get the temp to that atleast.
Hope this helps.
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Old 11-25-2013, 06:37 PM   #5 
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The temperature should be at LEAST 76 degrees F, if you have a heater please plug it in or somehow get the heat up quickly. Their temperatures should be kept around 76-82 degrees F. Are the plants plastic? Plastic is a risk that can tear the fins of your betta, real plants and silk plants are the way to go. I don't know much about neon tetras but since they are common betta tankmates they should be able to endure 76-82 degrees. All you can do is wait. He just got into this new aquarium and he's probably still taking it all in, its not uncommon for bettas to not eat for a few days after being introduced to a new home. I'd just keep the water warm and attempt to feed him everyday, also he might just be stressed, you can put a towel over his tank so its quiet and dark.
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Old 11-25-2013, 06:40 PM   #6 
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Housing
What size is your tank? 5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 74
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? 3 neon tetras

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Omega 3 betta micro color pellets, frozen brine shimp once a week freeze dried bloods worms once a week.
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 a day, morning and night

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50 percent
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? tetra betta safe
(I used afe staat to get this aquarium going)
Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? Have not tested it. Dont' have a kit

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? no
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Don't know, just got him
When did you start noticing the symptoms? as soon as i got him
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I put a small amount of epsom salt i n the aquarium hoping it woud help (one tea spoon)
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)? I have no idea, but he's an adult
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Old 11-25-2013, 06:45 PM   #7 
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Unfortunately I got the kind of heater that's automatically set to 78 and it's not adjustable, but it's heating so slowly it's agonizing. It goes up 2 degrees a day.
I'll put a towel over the aquarium for the night. hopefully that helps
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Old 11-25-2013, 07:49 PM   #8 
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I would definitely heat the tank to 78 degF. Neon tetras and Bettas are both tropical fish, requiring heated water. Betta will do fine in cooler waters, but it's most likely the cause of sluggishness in your Betta.

With Black Friday coming up you might find a deal on a better heater. Plastic wrap is a good way to keep humidity (and therefore heat) inside the tank, cover with some other type of insulation on top to get better results, eg. cardboard/towel. Also make sure the bottom of the tank is insulated well if the tank is on a cooler surface.
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