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Old 07-25-2011, 08:23 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Help! He might die=[

PLEASE HELP TWITCHY!!! his scales are falling off, and he is just sitting at the bottom of the tank, and it looks like he's struggling to breathe... not eating... should i euthanize him?
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Old 07-25-2011, 08:32 PM   #2 
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Fill these out please.

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 07-25-2011, 08:37 PM   #3 
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Housing
What size is your tank? about 10 L
What temperature is your tank? room temp
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? no
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? flakes and freeze-dried bloodworms
How often do you feed your betta fish? twice a day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? once a week
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? tap water dechlorinator

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

Ammonia: n/a
Nitrite: n/a
Nitrate: n/a
pH: n/a
Hardness: n/a
Alkalinity: n/a

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? scales falling off, turning black
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? sits at bottom of tank, seems to struggle with breathing
When did you start noticing the symptoms? today
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? no
Does your fish have any history of being ill? not that i know of
How old is your fish (approximately)? don't know for sure, got him from a pet store, i'd say at least a year
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Old 07-25-2011, 08:47 PM   #4 
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what temp is room temp?
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Old 07-25-2011, 08:53 PM   #5 
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well, about 70 im guessing? i have no thermometer so i dunno for sure... can u help...?
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Old 07-25-2011, 08:55 PM   #6 
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ok well i'm kind of a newbie, but id say that if he's laying at the bottom of the tank and struggling with breathing, maybe you should lower the water level so its easier for him to reach the surface and breath
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:00 PM   #7 
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Bring the water temperature up slowly to around 78-80*F and do more frequent changes. Instead of a bunch of 100% changes that are stressful, do a few 50% changes per week.

Has he been showing any other signs that something may be off?

You can out 1tsp/gallon of aquarium salt to prevent any infections he might get from scales falling off, but you'll have to up your water changes because too much of it hurts them and lets bacteria build up a resistance to it.

Have you actually seen his scales fall off or is he just getting darker?
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:01 PM   #8 
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Well, he for one is to cold. He needs to be about 78-82*. So do what you can to get his water warmer.

Take a large container, like a gallon milk jug (well cleaned out), and mix together Aquarium salt, which you can get at the Pet store, and water. 1Tsp per gallon usually.Then you need to fill a smaller container, (about 1/2 full if he is having trouble breathing) that you can provide 100% water changes on every day, with the pre-mixed salt treatment. This container needs to be floated in water that can keep him at about 80*.
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:03 PM   #9 
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i have no treatment, i am sorry but i am a newbie!!! and we have no milk jugs, i am from canada! our milk comes in bags!
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:04 PM   #10 
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can you get to a pet store?
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