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Old 08-31-2011, 12:36 AM   #1 
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Hi, in my QT when I was changing the water today I noticed for the first time a very foul odor coming from it (it smelt like rotting mussels or clams) I've never noticed this before and have no clue why it would smell so bad, (it made ME gag and I'm usually VERY tollerant of odors as I'm a country guy). If it could make a difference I was using a Pro Balance 7 Day Betta Block (However the water was clear so It didn't cloud it or anything).

Housing
What size is your tank? 1 Gallon QT
What temperature is your tank? 80 Degrees
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? Nothing

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Betta Bite Pellets + Tetra Freeze Dried Bloodworms
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 pellets twice daily

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? Every 3-4 Days
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? Conditioner

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

Ammonia: X
Nitrite: X
Nitrate: X
pH: X
Hardness: X
Alkalinity: X

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Hasn't
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Hasn't
When did you start noticing the symptoms? No Symptoms
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Don't think so
How old is your fish (approximately)? 5 Months about
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Old 08-31-2011, 12:42 AM   #2 
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It might have been a combination of the ammonia build up of 3-4 days unchanged water in qt and the betta block you used. Or it might have jut been the betta block. If your betta's not showing any side effects, I'd say he's fine and to just use dechlorinated water and maybe change the water a little more often, like every other day or so since he's in quarantine.

Is he in there before you add him to a tank because he's new or was he sick? I know some illnesses in bettas leave the water smelling like sulfur if it isn't changed frequently.
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Old 08-31-2011, 12:47 AM   #3 
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He's just in there recovering from when his tail fell of from a jump.....but it's growing like a weed so he'll be in a bigger one soon
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Old 08-31-2011, 12:58 AM   #4 
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Alright. I'd just change his water a little more frequently and skip out on the block. My quarter gallon hospital tank that I once didn't change for 2 days didn't smell bad with just plain water, so I don't think it would be ammonia build up.
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Old 08-31-2011, 10:05 AM   #5 
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Why are you using this Pro Balance 7 Day Betta Block......is he still on the salt treatment?
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Old 08-31-2011, 11:52 AM   #6 
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no salt treatment was done a long time ago. And I was using the block because I was going away for a while
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Old 08-31-2011, 02:42 PM   #7 
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Unless you are going to be gone for longer than 2 weeks...I wouldn't use the feeding blocks.....water quality issues will kill the fish faster than lack of food.....anything else in the tank...like tannins...if so what kind was used....
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:09 PM   #8 
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Nothing else, and these blocks are for bettas and they don't cloud the water at all and I've used them quite a bit and many friends have also with no quality issues because they are specially fomulated for bettas and to nutralize their water also.
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