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Old 01-11-2011, 09:20 PM   #1 
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Fish looking sick in new home

I just got the funds together to make a decent home for my Betta, a 5 gallon tank (he was in a 1/4 gallon box) with filter and heater. I cleaned everything and set it up. It hasn't really had time to cycle but seeing as it's going to get down to 4 degrees where am at tonight I decided it was best for him not to freeze to death and for me just to keep a really close eye on the ammonium levels. I've tested twice in the last six hours and his levels were perfect 0.0 ppm, I'm using the API water test kit so I'm fairly sure the results are accurate and I'm a Biologist so I'm certain the test were administered correctly.. His water temp was raised over 6 hours to prevent shock and he is currently at the correct temperature (73 degrees). He ate a few hours ago but now he's just hanging near the surface his fins like a little clumpy and he's pale.

What could be wrong and how can I fix it?

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Old 01-11-2011, 09:39 PM   #2 
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73 degrees is NOT the correct temp...78 is the minimum, 84 being the highest. Anywhere between there is best :) The coldness could be why he's not looking that great.
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Old 01-11-2011, 09:48 PM   #3 
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Why would he get sick when he was in water closer to the correct temperature? he was in 68 6 hours ago, and fine. Also the water is apparently still rising, it's now 74 and my box says it will get to 80.
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Old 01-12-2011, 06:50 PM   #4 
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If you didn't acclimate him to the new temperature, he may be stressed by sudden heat changes :3
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Old 01-12-2011, 07:39 PM   #5 
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I got up today to check on him and he was covered in furry white growth. So I went out and grabbed some antifungal meds. He's still not looking so hot, but I hold out hope that the drugs will work and he will recover.
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Old 01-13-2011, 07:57 AM   #6 
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RIP Diana
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Old 01-15-2011, 08:02 PM   #7 
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Aww, I'm sorry about Diana.
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