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Old 02-24-2011, 07:01 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Betta in need, please help.

I have a female betta and today I noticed around mid-day that my betta was looking pale, but in the morning she was perfectly fine and moving all about and eating, but now she's in the bottom of the tank, doesn't want to eat, and is looking very pale and is swimming really slowly.
I have no idea how this happened. I think it might be that I put a unclean filter and it dirtied the water, but went I noticed the betta looking sick I cleaned the whole tank, now the tank is clean and I added a few purifying drops drops. I have 3 tetras in with her and 3 snails but they are fine, it's only the betta.
Anyways, I don't want to make this long. PLEASE help me, I love my betta fish :'(
Oh might is be the ammonia levels? I have some ammonia drops but IDK if I should add them?
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Old 02-24-2011, 07:15 PM   #2 
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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 02-24-2011, 07:43 PM   #3 
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What size is your tank? 15 gallons.
What temperature is your tank? 75 degrees Fahrenheit
Does your tank have a filter? Yes.
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Huh?
Is your tank heated? No..
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? It's my betta with 3 mystery snails, and 3 buenos aires tetras.

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Flake tropical tetra food
How often do you feed your betta fish? About 4 times.

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? It's a new tank so I've had it for 3 days.
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? No, how do I do this?

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

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Yes, it's pale
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Yes, it is very slow and sluggish in movement.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Maybe 7-6 hours ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I changed the water in the tank, cleaned the filter and added some drops that get rid of ammonia.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Nope.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I have no idea, maybe like young adult.
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Old 02-24-2011, 08:07 PM   #4 
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She may be cold. Bettas are tropical fish and it is recommended that they be kept in temperatures of 78-82 degrees. What water conditioner do you use? You need something that gets rid of the chlorine it tap water. Chlorine will kill a betta. Did you rinse the filter really well before you used it?
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Old 02-24-2011, 08:10 PM   #5 
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Oh also how much do you feed your betta? All it says is 4 times. 4 times what? lol

You need to be feeding your betta food meant specifically for bettas.
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Old 02-25-2011, 01:20 AM   #6 
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You can buy either test strips or a water chem kit to test your water. Also most pet stores that sell fish will test your water for free if you bring a sample to them.

I recommend the water chem kit that has little bottles (it looks like a chemistry set), because it is generally more accurate than the testing strips, with the obvious trade-off for the price, strips being cheaper.

I agree with turtle, I would say it's too cold. Your Buenos Aires tetras don't mind cooler temperatures, but they also love temperate temperatures, so getting a heater and bumping it up to 78F wouldn't bother them (or your snails) at all. So a heater is definitely a great investment :D

I would definitely also watch for ammonia, considering you said it's a new tank that you've had for 3 days, I doubt it is cycled.

I hope she gets well soon~ I would love to see pictures of her :)
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Old 02-25-2011, 12:33 PM   #7 
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Thanks so much, I think she is feeling much better today. I will try to get a test kit and also get my water tested at the pet supply shop.
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Old 02-25-2011, 04:42 PM   #8 
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Thanks so much, I think she is feeling much better today. I will try to get a test kit and also get my water tested at the pet supply shop.
If you go try to get some food made especially for bettas, they can't survive on tetra food alone.
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Old 02-25-2011, 04:47 PM   #9 
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the test strips are horridly inaccurate. best test kit is the liquid one.

also, since it's a new tank, it could by cycling. o.o best to cycle tanks, before getting fishies, imo.
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Old 02-25-2011, 05:54 PM   #10 
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What does cycling mean?
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