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Old 03-31-2011, 03:57 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Emergency! On the verge of death!

My fish is lying on the bottom of the tank gasping for air. He has been kind of laying around the tank for the last couple days. I thought maybe 76 degree water was too cold, now he is barely alive. I did a partial water change today and used the water conditioner. Nothin else has changed. HELP!!!!
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Old 03-31-2011, 04:07 PM   #2 
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Oh no! What went wrong? I'm so confussed what I did to kill him.
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Old 03-31-2011, 04:09 PM   #3 
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Please answer the following questions so we can help you out. It would also help if you had a picture of him.

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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If he is having difficulty swimming and/or breathing, I would lower the water level so it is easier for him to surface and get air. Beyond that, we'll need more info about the situation.
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Old 03-31-2011, 04:14 PM   #4 
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Housing
What size is your tank? 10 gal
What temperature is your tank? 78
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
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? bettamin flakes
How often do you feed your betta fish? once a day, though i don't think he ate today or yesterday

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? twice this week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 1/3
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? water conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? Haven't tested yet

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

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? nothin different
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? he has been laying around a lot recently. just recently he laid on the gravel and began gasping for air
When did you start noticing the symptoms? when i got back to work minutes ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? i don't know what to do!!!
Does your fish have any history of being ill? just his funny actions this week
How old is your fish (approximately)? i've had him almost two weeks, other than that, i don't know
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Old 03-31-2011, 04:21 PM   #5 
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He's not dead yet. In fact, I just took out some of his water and he got up off the gravel and started swimming around like i startled HIM. Now he has his fins all flaired up and he's just kinded stationary. I have no clue what is going on with this dang fish!
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Old 03-31-2011, 04:23 PM   #6 
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Really I would imagine that it is the fault of the petstore he came from or he just wasn't a healthy betta to begin with. I do not believe that you had anything to do with it. I would put him back in the cup you got him in and with a couple of inches of water so he doesn't have to work so hard to get air. Float the cup in the tank with some tape on it to attach to the side.

I am honestly at a loss!
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Old 03-31-2011, 04:27 PM   #7 
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I don't have the cup he came in any more. I think my fish is crazy. I'm convinced he is playing like he is dying for some reason. I'm worried.
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Old 03-31-2011, 04:33 PM   #8 
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maybe it's something in the water? not really sure, I'm pretty much just making a guess based on the fact you just did a water change and he got worse, but probably wouldn't hurt to get it tested
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Old 03-31-2011, 04:33 PM   #9 
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You seem to be taking great care of him, I can't imagine what could be causing this either. Have you added anything new to his tank recently? Has his temp always remained relatively stable? Maybe he had some sort of underlying illness before you got him, unless there's something weird going on with your source water...that could be a possibility. If he's still struggling to breathe, I think it's definitely a good idea to put him in a smaller container and float it in the main tank. A ten gallon is a great home, but if he's having trouble breathing or surfacing, a smaller container will make it easier for him to get air. Hopefully it's just a weird fluke, and he recovers quickly.
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Old 03-31-2011, 04:41 PM   #10 
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Well, we make jokes that the water in this town will make you glow. However, I've used the water conditioner as it read on the label. Perhaps I'll start buying water or bringing different water into the office.

I probably shouldn't have done this, but I put my net in the tank and tried to nab him. I just wated to see what he would do. He put up quite the fight. I left him alone. He has been kind of floating around the tanks since. He isn't really swimming around. He kind just moves his fins a little bit and coasts about. He still has his fins spread out. I guess he's trying to tell me to back off?

I even tried feeding him again, but he has no interest in food.

Now he's back at the bottom of the tank with his fins spread. Just kind of sitting there. I'm going to the pet store tonight. I'll see what they say. Perhaps they can test my water for me. I hope he isn't dead when I come back into work tomorrow.
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