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Old 04-27-2011, 08:56 PM   #1 
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Betta suddently Lethargic

Ive had my betta for about maybe 2 years now. Shes always been active and hunting for food and playing amongst her heavily planted 10 gallon tank.

my family just moved to a larger house and i noticed that the ph of the new water from the house is 7.4 compared to the old houses ph of 6.8. Anyway, i asked an associate to fill the tank for me (i saved some water from the old tank) and anway, 80% of the water became new water suddenly and withuot being conditioned...

longstory short, many fish died in the process.
the only survivors were the betta and an amano shrimp.

i was able to shift some water from the other tanks to this tank (older water) which made the betta seem like she recovered.

few weeks past and she seems back to her old self. i introduced 3 cherry barbs to the tank. SHe got along well with them and hunted them when she gets bored XD some weekds later i introduced 5 dwarf cories to the tank. Again all is well. cherry barbs constanly mating, cories swimming along happily, betta chasing everyone around.

I noticed that her color is greatly dulled and her fins are severely clamped and she doesnt chase anyone around anymore. for a day i noticed she has small white spots on her. but now they are gone. what could be wrong with her?

also, i noticed she has a white shade on her eyes...like catoracts (however you spell)

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Old 04-27-2011, 09:27 PM   #2 
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I'm not sure, but you have all those in a 10gal tank? It sounds like it might be a bit overcrowded.
Please fill out the sticky at the top of the forum so we can better diagnose.
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Old 04-27-2011, 10:51 PM   #3 
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Can you fill out these questions from the sticky at the top of the forum to give us more information to try to help you....

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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Old 04-28-2011, 12:43 AM   #4 
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I'm not sure, but you have all those in a 10gal tank? It sounds like it might be a bit overcrowded.
Please fill out the sticky at the top of the forum so we can better diagnose.
I agree, pick either the barbs or the pygmies, although I think the barbs might need a larger tank, I am not sure though.
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Old 04-28-2011, 07:14 PM   #5 
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Can you fill out these questions from the sticky at the top of the forum to give us more information to try to help you....

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)?

10 gallon tank
filtered
80 degrees F
filter outake is the areation process
tankmates are an amano shrimp, 3 cherry barbs, 5 dwarf cories
FOOD
Hikari gold pellets for the betta
tetra color flakes
frozen bloodworms
frozen tubifex worms
Fed twice a day

MAINTENANCE
1, 25% water change ever sunday
water is conditioed with Prime
i add comprehensive flourish twice a week and excel every day

PARAMETERS
Ammonia 0
nitrite 0
nitrate 5 or lower
pH 7.5
hardiness unknown
alkalinity unknown


Heres the tank King - 10 gallon Freshwater fish tank
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Old 04-29-2011, 12:43 PM   #6 
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In my opinion, I don't think your betta likes the tank mates. She may seem like he enjoys swimming with them, but from the symptoms you are describing I believe she is stressed by his environment, especially since it is overcrowded.

I suggest you separate her immediately.
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Old 04-29-2011, 01:10 PM   #7 
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In my opinion, I don't think your betta likes the tank mates. She may seem like he enjoys swimming with them, but from the symptoms you are describing I believe she is stressed by his environment, especially since it is overcrowded.

I suggest you separate her immediately.

ima start working on another tank then. What about her cataracts on her eyes?
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Old 04-29-2011, 06:57 PM   #8 
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I am really not sure, I have never dealt with anything like that before, sorry :/
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Old 04-29-2011, 11:10 PM   #9 
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about the "cataracts" - i'm not sure, but i know that when bettas get "popeye", they sometimes also have a blurriness over their eyes. i know that popeye is a symptom of some other disease. some people treat this with antibiotics, but since you don't know what is going on, maybe you could start adding aquarium salt gradually? this helps with stress as well as any bacterial thing that may be going on..
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Old 05-02-2011, 11:28 AM   #10 
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He has Pop eye and he need to treat him because it bacterial infection. And since he is also lethargic i really think he needs to treat him or he can die.

It can be treated with antibiotic. It TETRACYCLINE API. or MARACYN together with MARACYN 2. Together those med’s can treats gram negative and gram positive bacteria.
It also can be treated with aquarium salt. When u treating with aquarium salt it has to be correct dose though. It 1 tsp/gall to 3tsp/gall depending on the symptoms WITH 100% water changes every day.And u can do it only for 10 days.
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