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Old 10-31-2009, 07:00 AM   #1 
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heartbroken, firecraker is dead!

well, so much for my first betta! having got him 3 weeks ago, he developed fin rot, dont know why, water was perfect, no sharp things in there, no tank mates, rounded pebbles etc, so I was treating it and today did a 30% water change prior to which he was swimming around quite normally and eating, almost immediately he was belly up on the bottom, I have him in a net just now in case he makes a miraculous recovery but its 1/2 hour and I think thats it!!!!!!! It can only be shock but I am a experienced fish keeper so the change was gentle, water dechlorinated and right temp before being added etc,how did i manage to kill him? I would like to get another, In the short time i had him, I became very fond of his little ways, if he had another owner the chances are he would still be here, I want to avoid it happening again if it was something i did
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Old 10-31-2009, 08:53 AM   #2 
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I'm so sorry about Firecracker! I doubty it was anything you did wrong. It sounds like he had a good home with good care. It may have been something internal that killed him.
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Old 10-31-2009, 09:04 AM   #3 
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thank you, Iv just got back from the LFS and he thinks that the 30% water change did it through shock,because it happened right away i tend to agree with him, he suggests 10% weekly will be better,I am used to 30-50% changes in my 60 gall tanks and I know a lot of you guys even do 100% changes in your betta tanks, Il be getting another on fri,it just shows that even though I have had fish for years we can all make stupid mistakes,I keep tearing up every time i make a coffee cause he would watch and wiggle
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Old 10-31-2009, 09:09 AM   #4 
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Smaller, like 2 gallons or less, uncycled tanks need 100% water changes but cycled ones just need changes according to the water parameters. I had a betta in a 4 gallon uncycled tank and I did 50% changes once a week and full changes once a month.
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Old 10-31-2009, 09:55 AM   #5 
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im sorry for your loss, good luck with the new guy when you get him
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Old 11-01-2009, 12:48 AM   #6 
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Smaller, like 2 gallons or less, uncycled tanks need 100% water changes but cycled ones just need changes according to the water parameters. I had a betta in a 4 gallon uncycled tank and I did 50% changes once a week and full changes once a month.
I agree, I think it depends on your tank size and if it is cycled or not.
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Old 11-01-2009, 01:08 PM   #7 
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well, my 4gall tank was fully cycled before I put firecraker in,the fin rot which was being treated was getting better and he was eating well and swimming normally before i did the 30% change,as I said the water was dechlorinated and temp was right, I did the change, put in a few bloodworm, turned to make a drink and when i turned back, he was dead, so I guess it could be nothing else, given the speed he went, than the water change,I have had fish for years and have lost maybe a handful in that time, in a 60gall tank, I am somewhat dubious about getting another,any ideas welcome, ps am running the tank with a few dithers(which will come out) in prep for my new fish next week

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Old 11-02-2009, 01:03 PM   #8 
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When I do water changes, I usually take my fish out of the tank, so that if there is any fluctuation in the water when I change it, it won't hurt them. When I put them back in, I float them in a cup. Half the time they're too eager to go back into their home and jump out... but I've never had an issue :)

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Old 11-06-2009, 03:10 AM   #9 
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omg I know what killed Firecraker!!!!

I think I made the most stupid mistake you can,I think I put double the dose of fin rot med in, that would do it ,right,the minute the water (with it in) was added, he was belly up,I just re read the doseage, for some reason i added the dose for 38 liter not 15, I cannot believe I did that! PS going for a new one today

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I'm so sorry! We all make our share of mistakes. Good luck on your search for a new one.
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