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Old 02-02-2011, 06:29 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Need Help Please.

I bought Chewie 5 days ago-ish and he seemed to be doing well. This morning he looked great but about 20 minutes ago I went to do a nighly feeding and I noticed a few scales raised. Id say 12-14 total. So naturally I did a 100% water change just in case. His water is kept at 77-78 constant, I have him in a 2g unfiltered tank with a little gravel a cave and a fake plant. He is still eating and swimming around, he will also flare at a mirror when I put it next to him. Any thoughts?
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Old 02-02-2011, 06:41 PM   #2 
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Here is a picture:
He has been nibbled on by guppies and a crawfish, that is why his fins are all weird looking and tattered. (I saved him from that tank)

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Old 02-02-2011, 11:05 PM   #3 
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:09 PM   #4 
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What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?
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?

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

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

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
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)?
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:13 PM   #5 
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What size is your tank? 2g
What temperature is your tank?77-78
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?alone

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?Flakes,pellets,blood worms
How often do you feed your betta fish?2 times a day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?25-50% every day 100% weekly
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?Conditioner

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

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

(NO TEST STRIPS TILL THIS WEEKEND)

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Raised scales
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? not really, fins are clamped from time to time
When did you start noticing the symptoms?tonight
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?no
Does your fish have any history of being ill?usure
How old is your fish (approximately)?hes little so id say less then a yr
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:15 PM   #6 
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I would suggest getting a heater to keep the water at a warm, constant temperature. If the fins are clamped, it means that they are probably cold. Also, how do you know the temp is at 77?

And don't get the test strips. They are very inaccurate.
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:16 PM   #7 
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I would also suggest to keep the bloodworms as a weekly or bi-weekly treat and using primarily pellets as flakes are very messy.
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:20 PM   #8 
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I know it is because thermometer says it is. Clamped fins doesnt always mean cold... My other betta is in the same place and has his fins wide open and this only happened when I noticed his scales. Also as per keeping the water constant, the temperature in this room is the same all the time.. the thermometer never says anything different so im assuming based on these facts the water is staying a constant 77. The heater is irrelevant I would just like to know what the problem could be. His water is always clean so I know its not that.
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:54 PM   #10 
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As far as I know raised scales are an indication of dropsy
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