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Old 01-09-2011, 10:36 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Please Help Kiyoshi, I am worried about him....

So i went to feed him this afternoon and it looks like he got a sun burn and his scales/skin is peeling. It's kinda flaky and white colored.

Please help i don't know if it's serious or just something minor....please & thank you.

here are some pics of what he looks like now......any ideas??

-All help and suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-09-2011, 10:41 PM   #2 
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ohh yeah, and here is the Q&A.

Housing:
What size is your tank?
2 gallon

What temperature is your tank?
Usually 60 to 65 *F

Does your tank have a filter?
No

Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
No

Is your tank heated?
No

What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
no tank mates

Food:

What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
pellets

How often do you feed your betta fish?
once a day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?
once every 2 weeks

What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
100%

What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Dechorinator

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
No, i dont test my water. It's clear now, i changed it last tuesday.

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

Symptoms and Treatment:
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
Just a thin layer of white flaky stuff.

How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
not yet

When did you start noticing the symptoms?
About an our ago

Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
no, just now noticed it

Does your fish have any history of being ill?
No

How old is your fish (approximately)?
3 years old
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Old 01-09-2011, 10:43 PM   #3 
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Looks like he has ick, I would begin with a 100% water change, wash his bowl and accesories with hot water only (never use soap) make sure the new water has dechloritaor in it to take out the toxins in tapwater and make sure the water temperature is the same as his old water. I believe ick comes form not enough water changes. A one gallon bowl should be given a 100% waterchange every three days.
Now, look under the pinned thread for betta illnesses and see if the ick describes what you see, then treatit according to their directions- good luck he;s cute :(
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Old 01-09-2011, 10:48 PM   #4 
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every two weeks is not enough for a bowl that size, so that's most likely the root of the problem.
What happens is fish secrete ammonia and it comes from their waste and the food they are fed, this ammonia is deadly toxic to fish and is invisible, it builds up unseen, so even though your tank may look clean, it is surely not, even worse it could be causing damage or even death to your little guy, so be sure to make those water changes more frequently, once every three days for a bowl that size is the longest you can go!
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Old 01-09-2011, 10:54 PM   #5 
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also he is going to need a heater http://www.petco.com/product/114078/...0heaters-_-xxx
Betta fish are tropical fish and require temps of 76-82 degrees, he is probably very cold now and that is decreasing his health
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Old 01-09-2011, 10:58 PM   #6 
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thank you so much for the tip, i will clean his bowl and treat it. the only thing i am worried about is it going to stress him out if he is not used to me changing it that offten? or will he adapt to the change for the better??
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he'll be much better off, did you find the thread on treating ick? I went to look for it and couldn't find it :0!
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Old 01-09-2011, 11:00 PM   #8 
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some say salt and warmer temperatures gets rid of it, but i use the Jungle brand ick tablets. turns their water blue, but clears it up fast. Cup had a mild outbreak not too long ago, and the ick tabs knocked it out in a day or so.

changing temps can cause ick to occur, as can stress. get him one of those new Betta Bowl heaters they started selling, sense that's about all that'll fit nicely in a bowl. in a tank or bowl that size, water needs to be changed every three days or so to keep things nice and clean.
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Old 01-09-2011, 11:03 PM   #9 
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they actually love having their water changed more often. it feels better for them, ya know? he'll be a much happier fishie. :3
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Old 01-09-2011, 11:03 PM   #10 
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thank you guys so much, i'll get right on it. Kiyoshi thanks you too.
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