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Old 02-08-2011, 06:20 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Beta fish dying, please help me.

For the past 1-2 months my beta fish has become less active. He isn't eating, and is laying at the bottom of the aquarium barely moving. Once in a blue moon he'll struggle to make his way to the top to get some air, but is not and has not been eating. If I try moving my hand or getting his attention he doesn't react and stays where he was (usually he moves and gets scared). Any help would be much appreciated.
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Old 02-08-2011, 06:25 PM   #2 
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Hi, welcome to the forum!
I'm so sorry you're having trouble with your betta. If you could answer as many of these questions as possible, it will be easier to figure out what could be wrong with your betta.

Housing
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 02-08-2011, 06:45 PM   #3 
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The tank is non aerated, just a one gallon tank, room temperature no heat, the fish is about a year and a half old.
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Old 02-08-2011, 06:52 PM   #4 
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WE can help you much better if you will copy and paste the forum provided by Crazykat and fill it out...the more information we have the better...
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Old 02-08-2011, 06:59 PM   #5 
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Exclamation

Housing
What size is your tank? 1 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 68
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? None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Wardley Betta food
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day but he is not eating

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? Once a month
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? Conditioner for betta fish

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? No I have not
If so, what are the following parameters?

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

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?He look palor, his fins are droppey.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Not active at all barely moves.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 2 months or so.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No I need help
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? One and a half years
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Old 02-08-2011, 07:14 PM   #6 
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I just kidnapped a friend's betta (she went out of town, gave us the keys to her house, and told me I could permanently kidnap him) that is having similar issues.

It's a culmination of months of bad water quality and being cold.

In a 1 gallon tank, you should be changing the water AT LEAST twice a week. Every other day is really what's recommended. Bettas thrive in temperatures of 76-82 degrees. There are heaters small enough for a 1 gallon bowl! I promise.

Start making 100% water changes every other day and you will notice a huge improvement right away.
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Old 02-08-2011, 07:23 PM   #7 
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I agree...the Betta sounds like it is suffering from poor water quality and too low water temp

Start making some back to back water changes and get the temp up to at least 76F and stable and see if he won't perk up for you....
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Old 02-08-2011, 07:30 PM   #8 
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how do I do that ? I keep my house at 70.
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Old 02-08-2011, 07:31 PM   #9 
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Here are some heaters that will work in your bowl! :)

http://www.amazon.com/Hydor-HEATER-A.../dp/B0006JLPFE

http://www.amazon.com/Marineland-Sha.../dp/B00176DUEY

When you add a heater, you will want to watch the temperature carefully. You need to make sure the water isn't over heating (you want the temperature to be between 76 and 82 degrees). You also don't want the temperature to rise too rapidly, because this will shock your fish. 1-2 degrees per hour is fine. :)
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Old 02-08-2011, 07:32 PM   #10 
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For the time being, is there any way to raise the temperature in your house even 4 degrees? Not sure where you live, so that might not be feasible with snow and such (I'm in Florida so I know nothing of these cold things!).

This heater also comes with good reviews. http://www.amazon.com/Elite-Submersi...pr_product_top

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