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Old 03-10-2011, 10:21 PM   #1 
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My betta seems sick, need help diagnosing

Had my betta for a few days. Something seems wrong. He hasnt ate, he only swims when he darts, he is always at the bottom of the tank, or top, pretty much motionless, he seems to be losing some boyuncy and his fins are "clamped" or "closed"

Housing
What size is your tank? 3 Gallon
What temperature is your tank? 76-78~
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Air stone, but took it out
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Aqueon betta pellets, bloodworms
How often do you feed your betta fish? daily

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? had the fish for 3 days, just preformed a 100% 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? Prime, aquarium salt

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? When I bought him, his fins were out, now theyre closed
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 03-10-2011, 10:23 PM   #2 
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edit: NVM XD

This is an odd one. He may just be adjusting.

Id do a 50% change twice a week, one day for a full 100% since its not filtered..

When you do a change, he must be properly acclimated.

Put him in his cup with old tank water, change the water, then bob him in the tank for 5mins, then add every 5 minutes for at least 20 minutes new tank water to the cup. Once you do, make sure none of the icky water gets back in the tank, or as little as possible.

Not doing this can result in shock or stress that will cause your betta to do as youre disribing.

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Old 03-10-2011, 10:26 PM   #3 
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Prime is a water conditioner. c:

Does he have any cover in his tank? He may just be stressed. It's common for a fish to refuse food for a few days when in a brand new environment.

I would definitely do a water test, though. If that comes back clean, it's possible that he had something when he was in the store and stress has made him vulnerable.
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Old 03-10-2011, 10:29 PM   #4 
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I know, I didnt read close enough XD A'durrrrr today.
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Old 03-10-2011, 10:32 PM   #5 
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The thing that worries me is I bought 2 bettas the same time at the same store. My other is in a 1.5 gallon tank and he is HAPPY. Right now my sick bettas is just motionless at the top of the tank.
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Old 03-10-2011, 10:41 PM   #6 
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Pew - I have days like that... all the time. xD

Princebetta - Bettas are surprisingly different from one another. My first was a big grouch, hated me, and liked to just laze around. My second is a hyper ball of begging and nose-rubbing.

Could you post a photo of the sick fish? Maybe someone on here will notice something.
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Old 03-10-2011, 11:34 PM   #7 
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I second this picture motion! :B
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Old 03-10-2011, 11:38 PM   #8 
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Just went to the tank, and he was floating on top laying on his side... Hes dying.
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Old 03-11-2011, 01:07 AM   #9 
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Try another food source. Frozen brine shrimp is a fav. Get him out of sunlight. And love him. :)
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Old 03-11-2011, 10:00 AM   #10 
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Idk y or how.....but he died
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