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Old 08-23-2011, 03:26 PM   #1 
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Worried about my new friend

My sister wasn't taking care of her betta at all (several months without a water change and sometimes a week in between feedings) so I took over. I'm not very knowledgeable when it comes to fish so I thought I'd submit some pictures and ask some of you who are. The particular area that worries me is the red coloration on his head and anal fin. His pectoral fins also look a bit frayed to me in that there are a few "random" see-through spots in them.

I can't even begin to thank you guys for any help you may offer.

Housing
What size is your tank? He is currently in a 1 gallon plastic container undergoing daily 100% water changes
What temperature is your tank? 74.1F
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? yes
Is your tank heated? no
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? n/a

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

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? every day as of right now
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? Aquasafe water conditioner

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? I'm unsure
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? hes fairly active
When did you start noticing the symptoms? when I got him
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? 1 tsp of salt with each water change
Does your fish have any history of being ill? unsure
How old is your fish (approximately)? unsure
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Old 08-23-2011, 03:30 PM   #2 
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Awww. how sad! :<
The red looks like his normal coloring to me. :) So no worries there.
You can treat his fins with nice clean water. :) They will grow back on their own.

May I ask what kind of tank he's in? And what is the temp. at?
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Old 08-23-2011, 03:34 PM   #3 
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Sorry about that, the standard questions were edited in.
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Old 08-23-2011, 03:41 PM   #4 
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Ok sounds all good to me :) The temp. could be a little higher though. Anywhere in the 76-82 range is good for bettas, but 74 isn't terrible.

And for the salt, are you using table salt or AQ salt?
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Old 08-23-2011, 03:51 PM   #5 
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Aquarium salt
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Old 08-23-2011, 03:55 PM   #6 
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:) Ok just checking.
Don't exceed 10 days on salt.
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Old 08-23-2011, 03:55 PM   #7 
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Welcome to the forum and to the wonderful world of Betta keeping......

I can't really tell much by the pic, but the coloration on the head does look to be natural pigment and nothing to worry about....

Once you complete the 10 day aquarium salt/100% daily water change treatment....

I would change to just fresh dechlorinated water and make regular twice weekly water changes in the 1gal unfiltered tank of 1-50% and 1-100% a week to maintain water quality and fin health.....

Nutrition-a good quality varied diet fed in small frequent meals....

You may or may not need a heater, however, its a good idea to have one on hand to maintain a somewhat stable water temp in the 76-80F range....

Good that you have a thermometer to monitor the tank water temp and to use to check the water temp of the replacement water used for water changes....

Its important to try and keep the water temp within a few degrees between new and old water with water changes...especially the 100% water changes and be sure to acclimate him to both the chemistry and temp with the 100% water changes by adding small amount of new tank water to the holding container he is in for the 100% water changes over 10-15 min before you add him to the tank.......

Love to see some full body shot and pic of the tank.......
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Old 08-23-2011, 05:16 PM   #8 
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I know the container is quite pathetic. I actually have a 5 gallon aquarium with a heater on standby that I was going to place him in after his treatment. That leads me to my next question, should I treat him in the aquarium? If so would the water changes still have to be 100% daily?

Also, that was the best body shot I could get.
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Old 08-23-2011, 05:34 PM   #9 
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No, just keep him in the 1 gal. thing (which is perfect for treatment). If you had him in the 5 gal. you'd have to to daily changes because of the salt @_@ that'd be a loottt of work!

When your done with treatment, just put him in the 5 gal. with the heat up to 78-80-ish :)
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Old 08-23-2011, 08:32 PM   #10 
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Thanks for the help guys, makes me feel a little better about what I'm doing.
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