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Old 06-22-2011, 10:41 PM   #1 
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No idea what happened :(

Smaug, my orange VT died today. I have no idea why. :( I had only had him for 4 months, but he started getting lethargic a few days ago, then today began to just lay on his side on the bottom of his QT cup before he died. No change in food, and his water parameters were great. I have no idea what happened, he had no outward signs of illness (no velvet, ick, or bloatedness, just very pale.)

He was such a healthy fish up until 2 days ago. I'm pretty depressed now and feel like a betta-failure. :(
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Old 06-22-2011, 11:46 PM   #2 
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Sorry you lost your fish! That's always tough.
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Old 06-23-2011, 05:02 AM   #3 
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I'm sorry to hear you lost Smaug. You gave him a good four months that he wouldn't have had otherwise. You're only a betta-failure if you fail to love your betta and I know you loved Smaug or you wouldn't have posted about him. And Smaug wouldn't want you to feel like a failure either.
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Thanks Sakura. :')
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Old 06-23-2011, 09:40 AM   #5 
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You're welcome. And everything I said is true so if you keep thinking you're a betta-failure, Smaug will be sad wherever he is. By the way, I like the name of your bunny. She's named after the Star Wars character from Timothy Zahn's books, right?
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Yes she is! I'm a huge Star Wars fan :D
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I greet you, fellow Star Wars fan.
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Old 06-23-2011, 10:50 AM   #8 
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I'm so sorry smaug died.

I'm a Star.....*drumroll*....TREK fan haha I love star trek, especially The Next Generation. Pardon my nerd spazzum
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Old 06-23-2011, 11:40 PM   #9 
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Have you guys heard of fish getting parasites from frozen brine shrimp? I gave smaug some maybe a week before he died (he got brine shrimp once or twice a week). I'm wondering if maybe there was something in there that caused him to go down so hard and fast.

I'm leaving for an internship monday and I'll be gone for 6 weeks, but I'm gonna go betta-shopping when I get home and give it another try.

Both of my parents are trekkies ^_^ And by trekkies, I mean my dad has the entire original series that he taped off TV in the 70's. They're hardcore. So I do appreciate Star Trek.
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I suppose it could happen but most frozen foods go through a pretty rigorous sterilization process to remove any parasites. And the only real food out there that carries a significant danger of parasite infection is live tubifex worms. There are some diseases that do get a fish really fast but I'm not familiar with the details of Smaug's case. He didn't have a black or grayish spot on his tail that moved progressively up his body in less than 30 hours, did he?
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