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Old 07-20-2010, 11:10 PM   #1 
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Please help!!

I got my betta more than 3 weeks ago, and here are the stats:

10 gallon tank
No heater
No filter
50% water changes every other day
100% every week or so
water conditioner used in proper amount
fed normally
given blood worms


when he first got into the 10 gallon tank, no matter what i did, he would glass surf all day long (even frantically sometimes). he then made a bubble nest and seemed fine. but now there is a clear slimy coating on everything in the tank, you cant even see it, and he seems VERY lethargic. the temp of the tank is fine and i just did a full water change 4 days ago and a 50% change yesterday. someone please tell me what is going on! Thank you much in advance.
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Old 07-21-2010, 04:33 AM   #2 
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Is the slime part of his bubble nest, or is the slime present without a nest?
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Old 07-21-2010, 09:03 AM   #3 
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i don't know, but it was never there before he made one. and it was everywhere, the walls of the tank, on all the decoration, even under it. im wondering if this is a bacterial growth?
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Old 07-21-2010, 10:46 AM   #4 
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I have this, its some sort of algae. Just wipe it off with a paper towel or cloth and wash the decorations :) you could also get an algae eater to help.
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Old 07-21-2010, 12:46 PM   #5 
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Lethargy could be from the cold--you should invest in a 50watt adjustable heater. Also, when you change the water you should take your time with acclimating the fish--it's possible that such frequent water changes with minimal acclimation time are putting him through a lot of stress.
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Old 07-21-2010, 09:28 PM   #6 
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Thanks for helping out! I was really worried.
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Old 07-21-2010, 10:15 PM   #7 
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Algae is very unlikely unless you have a good light on your aquarium as algae requires full-spectrum light to grow. This is why you often find it in pond, pools etc. that don't have a lot of trees around them. Plus the green color is always a dead giveaway as to whether ot not that's what it is.
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Old 07-21-2010, 10:26 PM   #8 
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You need a filter and heater, that will help a lot.
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Old 07-22-2010, 07:26 PM   #9 
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Thanks for the help!
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Old 07-23-2010, 04:55 PM   #10 
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one betta don't need 10 gal .u stressing him out with water changed .they get used to thair water .

i have my 5 bettas in 2.5 gal water for 2.5 years i changing water once in 10-12 days. i put Amquel + plus drops to remove ammonia and let water stay for 24 hrs .

take advice put him in 2.5 or 3 or 5 gal .change water completely.u can use spring water,not purify water though.watch him . let me know how he is
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