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Old 05-22-2011, 07:30 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Help?!?

I have a veil tailed male betta fish named Bluey (he's blue). For about a week and 1/2 now he has been lying at the bottom of the tank. I have moved him to a separate hospital tank. He has refused any food. At first his belly was swollen, but he went to the bathroom and then his belly went away. He has been looking worse still. The man at petco said to try the pea treatment, but Bluey refused to try it. I have been doing water changes about every six days. It appears as if he is struggling to breathe and he looks as if he is in a lot of pain...
Anybody have any ideas on how to help?

What size is your tank? 1 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 80
Does your tank have a filter? no
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

What type of food do you feed your betta fish? hikari pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? once a day

How often do you perform a water change? every 6 days
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? Aqua safe water conditioner and aquarium salt

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


Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? extreme loss of color
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He is laying at the bottom on the tank with gills moving quickly. when comes to top, struggles to stay a float and swims very sporadically
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 1 1/2 weeks ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? hospital tank, pea treatment.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? had a fungus a couple months ago.
How old is your fish (approximately)? 6 months- year

I wasn't able to get pictures up but i will asap
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Old 05-22-2011, 07:55 PM   #2 
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For a 1 gallon bowl, you need to do 100% water changes at least every other day. Your fish is probably suffering from ammonia poisoning. Very slowly change his water to clean water and after he is acclimated, increase your water change schedule. In addition, it's not good to put in aquarium salt all of the time. It's really only for when you are treating your fish, not for everyday use.
I think you should see an improvement with these changes, but if you're still having trouble getting him to eat, you might try frozen bloodworms. Usually fish love those.
Good luck!
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