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Old 07-23-2011, 01:52 AM   #1 
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Unhappy My Grapes is SICK :( HELP!

So, after searching google for anything to help me with my Betta, I came across this site. I've read a few posts and realize now, I am not a very good Betta owner and should've never listened to the Pet store when they told me Bucks would be okay in a little plastic tank :( I think I've hurt my poor fish. I don't know if Bucks is a boy or girl... and I own two of them (they live sep)
Anyways, about 3 months ago I noticed Bucks had starting getting ick looking or so I thought - on his fin he has a large mass of white growing. I've attached a picture.
PLEASE HELP :( I've had Bucks for over 2 years now... He has a friend in a sep tank who isn't sick, but now I'm worried about how I have them living.

Housing
What size is your tank? A small tank, size of a medium bowl
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? Lives alone, with his plant

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Betta pellets - about 5
How often do you feed your betta fish? in the morning

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? every 3 weeks
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? the whole thing
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? water purifier

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? no

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
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Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Yes
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? stays in one spot, doesn't like to swim and is starting to turn a little to the side
When did you start noticing the symptoms? about 3 months ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No, i thought it was ick, but it's not
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? 27 months
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Old 07-23-2011, 02:02 AM   #2 
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Start changing his water everyday for the next 10 days. Make sure you dechlorinate the new water. Try to keep the water temp. at 78 to 80 degrees. Add 1 teaspoon aquarium salt per gallon of water. This should start to cure that fuzzy white fungus on his fin. If not...you may have to resort to antibiotic...try this first though. It should work.

Note: In a tank as small as you're using...you should make water changes AT LEAST every other day. Daily wouldn't hurt. If you can...try to find a larger tank, 2.5 gallons or larger. Filter and heater also help a great deal.

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Old 07-23-2011, 02:06 AM   #3 
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Thanks Berk! I admit, I bought 2 Betta's as they were not looking to happy in the pet store, I know now for the last 2 years I haven't treated them right. Dr. Drew should be knocking on my door. I have kids, I would never want them to live in fungus.
I'll start those steps right away (along with providing Bucks and Grapes new Tanks!)
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You've done something right...Grapes and Bucks have lived for quite some time in your care. Don't be too hard on yourself. Good Luck.
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Old 07-23-2011, 08:49 AM   #5 
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If you are worried about the size of the bowl, which I am guessing is under 1 gallon? and you cant get a bigger proper tank for some reason, you can use a rubbermaid or sterlite storage container. They are much cheaper (at least where I live), then actual tanks, and they come in various sizes. I use one that about 2 gallons for new fish. Then when I can, I get a bigger home for the betta. The longer, shallow ones seems to work better then the taller ones.

If you kept them alive for 2 years you can't be that bad of a betta parent.
I would say just do more frequent water changes.
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