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Old 02-22-2011, 03:30 PM   #1 
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Heater malfunction-lethargic betta

Sat. 2/19 I noticed my betta lying up against the glass in his 2 1/2 gallon tank. I checked the temp. and sure enough it was 92! I did a 50% water change, with purifying drops, and got the temp back to 75 or so. He hasn't eaten in days, he stays at the bottom, or hides in his tunnel, with virtually no movement. He will move when I jiggle something in his tank, swim up to me and then just go right back down. He is a survivortoo! He has jumped out of his tank twice, before I put the screen on top of the tank and survived. Took a few days but he bounced back. Now I don't know? Any suggestions are welcome.
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Old 02-22-2011, 03:42 PM   #2 
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Poor fella...he is a survivor.....have you made anymore water changes since the 19th....if not, or even if you have for that matter....I would go ahead and start making some 50% daily for 3-4 days.....if this is unfiltered 2.5gal tank I would make a 100% after the 3rd 50%.....monitor the water temp and keep it in the 76F range....
Offer food daily and remove it after 20-30 min if he doesn't eat it..
Keep us posted....
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Old 02-22-2011, 05:03 PM   #3 
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Thank you. Could you tell me what the partial water change might do for him? Since I feel he's kind of in shock, I don't want to rock his boat any more than I have to. He also seems like he sinks back down to the bottom after I get him to come up and see me. Is this swim bladder or just part of the "shock thing" he's going through?
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Old 02-23-2011, 09:03 AM   #4 
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Temp changes like what he went through normally should not be problematic for a healthy Betta and so his response to the high temp tells me something else is going on with him and the high temp pushed him over the edge so to speak.....

The best first treatment would be water changes...the fresh clean, low bad bacteria water can sometimes help......sadly there is not a magic pill or treatment........your next step after improving water quality would be Epsom salt treatment.....

*10 day Epsom salt(Not aquarium salt) treatment on him.

Put him in a small QT container that can be floated in the heated tank (attached to the side so it doesn't sink)
Get a clean 1gal jug and fill with dechlorinated water of like temp and add 1tsp/gal Epsom salt(Not aquarium salt) use this water for 100% daily water changes for 2 days-then increase the Epsom salt 2tsp/gal and continue the 100% daily water changes with this water for 7 more days-pre mixing the treatment water will help make water changes and correct dosage easier

Hold all food for the first 3 days and then offer half feeding twice a day during treatment

Maintain water temp in the 76-78F range

You can also add tannins to the Epsom salt treatment water from either-naturally dried and fallen from the tree Oak leaf (10-12 crushed/gal) or Indian almond leaf or blackwater extract or decaf green tea-let one of these steep in the treatment water for at least 1 hour before use-the longer it steeps the more tannins released the dark the water the more the Betta will like it...shake well before use

Make sure the pre-mix treatment water is within a couple of degree in temp between the QT water-so not to cause temp shock problems.

Covering the top of the QT container with plastic veggie wrap will also help by keeping the air above the water warm and humid for the labyrinth organ.

Good luck and keep us posted....
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