Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-15-2010, 03:50 PM   #1 
kimotion
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Did a water change and now he is struggling to live

Hello,

I just did a water change this morning for one of my Betta fish "Loki." I had him for about 6 weeks, did water changes twice a week for a .5 gallon tank and never had problems.

This morning I did a water change with aged and conditioned water. PH is about 7.2 (which I kept consistently throughout the weeks since I've had him) and everything was normal and routine.

But when I placed him in, he immediately began to spaz out, head jerking left to right, and now after 3 hours hes struggling to swim, swimming on his sides and lying on his side on the bowl ground periodically. His color went from deep red to pale pink. Holes in his fins appeared where it was beautiful and full just before the water change.

I took him out, put him in some tap water (I ran out of aged tap water and figured ANY water is better) and now his color returned. But he is still spazzing out and swimming on his side, vertically and now even lying belly up occasionally.

I'm baffled. I have another Betta fish "Imugi" and he is just fine. I used the same exact water for both.

Can someone help me? I'm actually thinking of putting Loki to sleep since he seems to be suffering so badly.
kimotion is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2010, 03:55 PM   #2 
kimotion
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
He went from being a master bubble nest maker to now lying on his side in one morning and I feel sooooo bad and guilty about this.
kimotion is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2010, 04:23 PM   #3 
JamieTron
Member
 
JamieTron's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Canada
So you did not condition the water before you placed him in his changed water? Aged water is OK but I would really treat the water before you add him to it. Physiologically any chlorine could disrupt membranes in the fish's body causing damage.

Also did you make sure the water was the same temperature when you changed it? This can cause stress, lethargy and pale color due to temperature shock. The holes in the fins may have been due to him spazzing out.
JamieTron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2010, 04:38 PM   #4 
kimotion
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Thanks for the reply and advice. Yeah, I used conditioner. Water is at 78 degrees which sometimes go up to 80 degrees.

He is not spazzing like before but is now just listless and hanging on the bottom on his side.

Again, this is so baffling since the other betta is just fine.

The fish actually jumped out if his temp cup WHILE I was cleaning the tank....I have no idea how long he was on the floor, but I am thinking maybe it was "brain damage" from hitting the floor? When I put him in his new cleaned bowl, he started to act this way.

Or maybe a chemical that I am not aware of fell in. Again, the other betta is fine. There has to be something specific that went wrong with this one.
kimotion is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2010, 05:28 PM   #5 
kimotion
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
He's been swimming normally now for the past hour. Not totally back to normal (a bit listless and sort of swimming vertically) but is now aware when I'm near the bowl and grazing the surface. I'm hoping this is a road to recovery or normalcy. Still trying to pin down what the problem was so it won't ever happen again!
kimotion is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2010, 05:31 PM   #6 
JamieTron
Member
 
JamieTron's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Canada
OOOOH I didn't know he jumped out of his cup wow what a little athlete, well that is probably what is wrong he was probably just severely stressed, awww I am glad he is doing a little better though. I will cross my fingers for you!
JamieTron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2010, 05:40 PM   #7 
kimotion
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Thanks for the support and advice! Now that he seems a bit better, I now feel a bit less guilty for leaving for my Saturday errands LOL!
kimotion is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2010, 04:23 PM   #8 
LucyLoofa
Member
 
LucyLoofa's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Tennessee
(Post cleared. Please read the new thread i started.)

Last edited by LucyLoofa; 05-30-2010 at 04:30 PM.
LucyLoofa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2010, 04:40 PM   #9 
1fish2fish
Member
 
1fish2fish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Savannah, GA
He's in a half gallon tank? You probably need to be doing daily water changes in that case. Ammonia buildup can cause severe physical damage to fish.
1fish2fish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2010, 05:00 PM   #10 
kimotion
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
I'm moving him to a 5 gallon this week

I realized small tanks/bowls are just NOT worth it ... may be a little cheaper now but will cost more in the long run.
kimotion is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How often and how much water to change? La Reina Betta Fish Care 7 10-26-2009 09:26 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:35 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.