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Old 01-06-2011, 08:03 PM   #1 
Sunshine0235
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Question Not sure is betta is sick

Housing
What size is your tank? 10 gallon
What temperature is your tank? Yestersay it was around 64 degrees, but it is rising to 78 due to new heater. It is currently 72 degrees.
Does your tank have a filter? Yes brand new
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? Yes bought heater yesterday.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? Just him. Hes solo.

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? betta pellet food by aqua culture.
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 times- around 3 or 4 pieces

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? Its a brand new tank have done any.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? I would use stress coat.

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? no cant afford a kit.

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? His fins a have slits in it, on being about 1/4 of his tail. The ends are also getting white.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Not really sure as I got his 3 days ago. I think he is sitting in the bottom more though.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? When I first got him 3 days ago the fins were a little white at tips, but now they are ripped.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No dont want to harm him.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Unkown
How old is your fish (approximately)? Not sure but about 1.5-2 inches long (including his tail).


What would be the best this to do? Should i slow down the water temp increase? Or should I watch him, or treat him with something?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-08-2011, 10:35 PM   #2 
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Hello and welcome to the forum. Part of the problem may be that he's cold but you got a heater so that's good. Bettas are tropical fish so I would advise turning the heat up to 78-80 degrees. As for the torn fins, just keeping his water clean should solve the problem.
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