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Old 04-12-2011, 12:04 AM   #1 
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Fins shreading.

Housing
What size is your tank? 5 gal
What temperature is your tank? 79.6
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? Betta Pellets
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: 2.0


Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Fins are shredding

When did you start noticing the symptoms? Today


This is my friends betta. his name is Ryden She says that The ammonia level of her tank has been at 2.0 for the last 4 days. She has tried water changes and ammonia neutralizer but nothing helps. She uses bottled water instead of tap water because her sister had 4 bettas and went to college in a different city. All 4 of her bettas were happy and healthy using tap water in the other city but as soon as she brought the fish back home they instantly died. They were acclimated properly and everything. Any ideas on what might be wrong and what to do to help Ryden?
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Old 04-12-2011, 12:31 AM   #2 
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It is very important that you fill in all of the questions. Also 2.0 ppm ammonia is very high so I suggest you do a water change right now.

EDIT: It definitely seems like a water issue. I suggest they try spring water for a few days and see if that makes any difference.
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Old 04-12-2011, 12:36 AM   #3 
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Gahhh, emphasis on the RIGHT NOW of that water change, do a full one, 100% of that water OUT! 1ppm is deadly, Im surprised your fish is alive, at least if this has been going on a while.
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Old 04-12-2011, 12:42 AM   #4 
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She did a water change already earlier today and the ammonia level was still the same.
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Old 04-12-2011, 12:45 AM   #5 
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She did a water change already earlier today and the ammonia level was still the same.
Can she switch to spring water in the meantime?
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:03 AM   #6 
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That's the thing she has been using spring water. she has never used tap water.
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:07 AM   #7 
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That's the thing she has been using spring water. she has never used tap water.
That is odd, spring water shouldn't have ammonia in it. She should try the tap instead then, and see how much ammonia is in that. What do you use to test the water?
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Old 04-12-2011, 04:43 PM   #8 
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I would use tap water and get a good conditioner like Prime. Also, make sure when she is feeding the betta that he eats everything that is put in, otherwise it will sink and build up ammonia.How often and what percent of water does she change during water changes?Does she have live plants or fake?
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