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Old 12-19-2010, 04:21 AM   #1 
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New Betta owner...help

I got a new VT last tuesday and he isnt very active and as far as i know he hasnt eaten anything that i know of even tho very little amount of food. Im gonna try him on bloodworms tomorrow. He just sits on top of the filter and dosent move for hours.

I tried a mirror before and he took no notice of it, untill a water change today when i tried it again, this time he flared at it but still sits on top of the filter. I think he is a bit depressed and stressed about the new home. His fins are showing signs of decay but i cant get a decent enough picture to show

PH level was at 7.4 before the water change but i havent yet got any testers to show the ammonia etc.

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my mistake he's a ST
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Old 12-19-2010, 04:59 AM   #3 
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How big is your tank? Do you have a heater for it? Did you cycle your tank before you added him?

Bettas need the water temp to be about 76F - 80F...they are tropical fish and require tropical temperatures.

How much water do you take out for water changes? How often do you do them? In fact, please answer these questions.

http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=49233
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Old 12-19-2010, 05:15 AM   #4 
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yes heater and filter are at the right temperatures. the tank is around 12 liters and it was a 50% water change
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Old 12-19-2010, 06:03 AM   #5 
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yes heater and filter are at the right temperatures. the tank is around 12 liters and it was a 50% water change
Again, please answer the questions in this thread and post them here: http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=49233

12 liters sounds good though (about 3 US gallons).

Do you use any water additives to eliminate chlorine, chloramines, and heavy metals?
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Old 12-19-2010, 06:16 AM   #6 
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What size is your tank? around 12 liters
What temperature is your tank? 80 F
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? no

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? VitaPet Betta Food (getting bloodworms tomorrow)
How often do you feed your betta fish? twice a day but he dont seem to eat at all

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? first one was today
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? today was 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? no

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? yes but i only have a PH tester

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH: was &.4 befor water change
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? i dont know his normal behavior as i only had him less then a week
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)?6 to a year i expect
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You need to add a dechlorinator when you change the water.

I like AquaSafe, but I know many members on here use Prime.
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Old 12-20-2010, 02:00 AM   #8 
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Ok i got a water conditioner, nitrate and ammonia test kits and a air stone today, anything else?

i can just add the conditioner to water straight away?
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Ok i got a water conditioner, nitrate and ammonia test kits and a air stone today, anything else?

i can just add the conditioner to water straight away?
Yes go for it! Make sure to gently mix it in!
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Old 12-20-2010, 02:26 AM   #10 
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it says to mix 1 cap (4ml) full per quart( 1 liter) of water...mines a 3 gallon tank (12 liter) if not more (cant quite remember >.<)
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