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Old 11-14-2009, 05:42 PM   #1 
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Trying to figure out something. Can anyone help?

Hey everyone. One of my betas died early today. I am wondering, since I don't know cause of death what I should do to ensure that the others don't die as well. At the end of his life he was very lethargic (but me being a new owner, I thought this was his personality). Anyhow, then he ended up swimming with his body vertically when he swam. Then he couldn't stop flipping upside down, After the upside down thing, he died about 30 minutes later.
Any advice on what he may have died from, and what I need to do about the others?
I didn't notice any injuries or spots or white cottony stuff.
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Old 11-14-2009, 07:56 PM   #2 
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-Tank size?
-Cycled or uncycled?
-How much water do you change?
-How often do you change the water?

-Is there a heater?
-If you have a thermometer, what is the temperature?
- Do you have any water stats (ammonia, pH, nitrite, etc)?

And lastly, when did you get him?
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Old 11-14-2009, 08:23 PM   #3 
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Answering your questions

My tank is 10 gal.
I use tap, conditioned.
I just started this tank about a week ago, I changed like 15% of it... got some live plants started.
Haven't been able to afford testing strips yet.
My other beta (it's a divided tank) has been in the tank since the beginning and he's thriving.
That's really all I know.
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Old 11-14-2009, 08:24 PM   #4 
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and also

yes, there is a heater that keeps it at 78 degrees.
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Old 11-14-2009, 08:32 PM   #5 
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I wouldn't use test strips because they aren't reliable. When you are able to, get an API freshwater master test kit.
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Old 11-14-2009, 08:54 PM   #6 
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Thanks

I will get those next time I get in to the pet store. Do you think I need to worry about the other fish or should I just watch them?
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:03 PM   #7 
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Watch them. Also, you may want to read up on cycling. Changing only 15% of the water is not enough maintenance unless you have established a colony of nirtifying bacteria in the tank to break down the toxins in your fish's waste. I suspect this is what killed your other guy.

For cycling you will definitely want a master test kit. The API one Dramaqueen mentioned is a very good and reliable test kit for the money and will test all the compounds you will ever have to worry about as a novice-intermediate aquarist. There is not a single test in the kit that you won't use often, no matter how seriously you take fishkeeping... a very good investment IMO.
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:36 PM   #8 
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It killed the other guy that quickly? That seems strange.
Anyhow, I ordered the test kit online. I will keep an eye on the others.
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Old 11-14-2009, 10:37 PM   #9 
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well the others are all sick, what do I do? I removed them and put them each in a shallow container. I am really sad that I am messing this up. They were my daughter's birthday present and they are all dying.
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EEEP!

Lots of water changes. You will want to do maybe 50% per day until those bacteria can take over the bulk of the cleaning.
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