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Old 01-27-2011, 12:25 PM   #1 
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Location: The Great White North (NOT Alaska)
Exclamation Urgent: Sick, possibly dying fish

What size is your tank? 2.5g
What temperature is your tank? 75 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? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None. Lots of live plants.

What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Hikari Bio-gold, frozen bloodworms
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2X daily


How often do you perform a water change? Every 2-3 days
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50-100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Conditioner, Waste Control

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Will have these updated shortly. Last test:


Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Eyes are sticking out more than normal. Slight colour fade.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Was normal, now not moving much.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Now
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? QT, reduced water level, epsom salt 1/4 tsp per qt. Being supported in a net to facilitate breathing and reduce need to swim
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Recently recovered from a mild bacterial infection
How old is your fish (approximately)? Unknown

Was fine when we went to bed at 2:30 AM: swimming, happy, flaring at the camera and flirting with the girls in nearby quarantine bubbles and working on a nest. Got up to go to school about 7 hours later to find him racing around his jar on his side right before he absolutely crashed. Doesn't move much, occasionally raises his head to take a breath. Supported by a net so that he doesn't have to swim much.
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Old 01-27-2011, 02:16 PM   #2 
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That behavior make me think of some type of contamination of some type...either something fell in the water, on hands, in the air...etc....

How long have you had him in the Epsom salt and this new or since he crashed this AM.....check your heater and make sure it is not cracked and a stray volt is not causing the behavior change

I would start making some 100% water changes and good that you have him QT with a low water level...Increase the Epsom salt to 2tsp/gal and cover the QT with plastic veggie wrap for the warm humid air for the labyrinth..
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Old 01-27-2011, 02:37 PM   #3 
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This happened to my fish too. I don't know about you but I suspect it was the frozen bloodworms. I had two fish that declined very fast after feeding them the Hikari frozen bloodworms. I hope he gets better.
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Old 01-29-2011, 12:10 PM   #4 
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Id stop using the waste control stuff too and only use the declorinater.
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