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Old 08-11-2011, 02:57 PM   #11 
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I agree about the water movement, males can get very stressy about it especially if it hinders them :/
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Old 08-11-2011, 02:59 PM   #12 
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Okay I will read up on the bacteria bloom, thanks for the advice there.

I will see if I can find anything left of the shrimp @_@

He isn't bothers by the minimal current so much as he is trying to stay in the one spot and keeps floating away so he swims back to it.
He is acting a little better since the water change. He is reacting to things a bit now.
Thank you for your advice and thoughts they will be taken into account. ^_^

Should I do another 50% change this evening or wait till morning? The water still looks a little cloudy though much better.
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Old 08-11-2011, 03:02 PM   #13 
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You could do a 25% in the evening just to be on the safe side :)
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Old 08-11-2011, 03:02 PM   #14 
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Well if the cloudiness is a bloom, it will clear up when the nitrifiers are established, because they will outcompete the heterotrophs that are causing the cloudiness. The bigger concern in such a situation as that the same heterotrophs are using up oxygen in the water; but bettas get that from the air too.

I'd continue with the water change schedule that was suggested; I have a strong suspicion that dead shrimp are the culprit here.
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Old 08-11-2011, 07:07 PM   #15 
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Since you just got him...the first thing come to mind is how you acclimated him to the new source water....did you acclimate to both temp and chemistry by adding small amount of tank water to the holding container and pet shop water for 20-30 min until he was in 100% tank water/source water......

Good that you did a water change, however, I would QT if you want to do the salt and dose the salt at 1tsp/gal along with 100% water changes for 3-4 days.....

If this is chemistry shock...sometimes they don't recover and sometimes they do......sadly not a lot you can do other than what you are doing......

Good luck and keep us posted.....
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:39 PM   #16 
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Amphibianite, I'm really sorry to hear the new guy isn't doing so well. It sounds like shock, just like OFL said. Keep up with the small but frequent water changes to get rid of the cloudy water and look reallllly hard for those shrimp. I have a feeling they may be a part of the problem. I'll keep my fingers crossed for the little guy.
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Old 08-11-2011, 10:05 PM   #17 
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Okay Sakura, and thanks. IF I find them I will put them in there own bowl.
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Old 08-12-2011, 12:39 AM   #18 
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update

He seems a bit more active but he is still at the top of his tank. he seems to be swimming around the surface of his tank and not submerging. Other than the fact he has been lethargic and not submerging more than an inch he seem okay. I will be doing a full water change in the morning and hunting for those shrimp/remains @_@.
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Old 08-12-2011, 02:17 AM   #19 
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I'll just repeat what I wrote over on the Self-Control thread. Epsom salts, 1 tsp per gallon, keep him in his own tank with the water level lowered so he can reach the surface. I hope the salts help him.
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Old 08-12-2011, 02:31 AM   #20 
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Well we have determined it is SBD probably because of stress. Tomorrow will begin his treatment. Thank you all for advice, suggestions, and help.
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