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Old 05-08-2011, 11:13 AM   #1 
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Exclamation Help please!!!!

I HAVE ATTACHED A PICTURE OF THE TANK AND OF MY BOY, POW WHO IS STAYING AT THE BOTTOM

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What size is your tank? 2 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 79-80
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? yes
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? Top Fin, color enhansing betta bits
How often do you feed your betta fish? daily. usually a few pellets in the Am/PM

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? bi-weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? none

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

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

not tested.

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? no
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? yes, he just stays at the bottom and open and shuts his mouth alot. He doesn't look distressed but he usually swims around and puffs out at anything that moves.He usually eat like a pig and lately hes just eating a pellet or two and ignoring the rest.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? last night
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? no
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? not sure
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So the lid is off because his light burn out two days ago and I havnt had a chance to get another one yet...You can see him laying at the bottom in the second picture. ANY help or suggestions would be very very appreciated!!




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Old 05-08-2011, 11:51 AM   #2 
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hmmm...how long have you had him?
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Old 05-08-2011, 12:12 PM   #3 
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about 7 months..
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Old 05-08-2011, 06:12 PM   #4 
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In a 2gal filtered tank I would do twice weekly water changes of 50%..1-50% water only and 1-50% to include the substrate cleaning with vacuum or stir and dip method....

Right now, I would make 50% daily water changes with like temp dechlorinated water for 3 days and see if that will perk him up....

Keep us posted.....
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Old 05-08-2011, 09:39 PM   #5 
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I went in the pet store to pick up some test strips and I was looking at their Bettas when I realized how big POW is compared to the ones in the stores.I guess because I see him daily I just didnt realize how much hes grown. I decided to splurge (being a poor college student lol) and upgrade his tank from the 2gal to the 5gal with a bigger "playground" and some live plants.

He has been swimming non stop since I put him in. He seems very happy! :)

I also picked up some blood worms and some Betta flakes. I was feeding just the color enhancing pellets everyday but i would like to mix it up and give him some variety. Any suggestions on a feeding schedule/amounts/ variations?

Heres a picture of POW in his new home!

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Old 05-08-2011, 09:46 PM   #6 
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Whoa! He makes a 5g look like a 2g! Glad he seems to be feeling better :) With the hood on the tank, you can raise your water level unless your filter doesnt allow it :)
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Old 05-08-2011, 09:55 PM   #7 
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If I raise it anymore it touches the filter and doesn't let the water really flow.
I actually had to plug up the long part of the filter. The part that sticks down
In the water with aquarium sponge to help slow it down. The current from it was pushing him all over!


Any suggestions on feeding?

Yea- he's a big boy. I've never been able to get a picture that does him justice. When he's swimming around his fins are massive and just gorgeous!
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Old 05-08-2011, 10:09 PM   #8 
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feed him mostly the pellets. flakes, aren't all that great for bettas, since they can bloat up in his belly. are the bloodworms frozen, or freeze-dried?
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They are freeze dried. I tried two flakes and he won't touch them so there goes 4$ lol. How much/ how often?
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freeze dried are like flakes. they bloat up in the tummy. i feed mine one or two freeze dried worms, once a month, as a treat. >.>; try getting him frozen blood worms. i heard they go crazy for those. :d
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