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Old 09-04-2011, 11:01 AM   #1 
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help my bettA is sideways and struggling to breathe. hes moving his fins but cant move`. please help asap!
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Old 09-04-2011, 11:05 AM   #2 
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please please please help i dont want him to die! he's my first betta
plz help!!! :'-(
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Old 09-04-2011, 11:08 AM   #3 
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hes breathing heavily hurry!!
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Old 09-04-2011, 11:11 AM   #4 
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bumping the thread will not help you. we dont have enough info to help you either way, not trying to be rude, its just no one is going to be able to help you unless you fill out the sticky at the top of this section, and post pictures if possible, that will make it easier to figure out whats wrong and help you faster
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Old 09-04-2011, 11:13 AM   #5 
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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)?

fill this out as best you can
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Old 09-04-2011, 11:15 AM   #6 
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There is a sticky you could fill out, 3rd from top. It will help us help you better. Make a QT tank with the water low; 3-4 inches so your fish can breathe easily if needed. Make sure it is warm, 80-82F. Put in the proper chemicals to treat the chlorine. If you have stress coat or tannis, put that in. Epsom salt if you have that 1tsp/gal.

Unsure why he is doing that with no info. Could be a number of things. =(

whoops, Maggie beat me.. fill that out =)
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Old 09-04-2011, 11:31 AM   #7 
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What size is your tank? 10 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 72 F
Does your tank have a filter? yes
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? Betta bites or bloodworm treats
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1-2 times a day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? every week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? water conditoner and Aquarium salt.

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

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

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? he turned a little paler today
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? hes sideways on the gravel and breathing heavily
When did you start noticing the symptoms? a while ago when i just woke up
Have you started treating your fish? no the only medicine i have is bettafix but i read that its bad. If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Yes
How old is your fish (approximately)? I dont know, but hes pretty small so im guessing hes a baby.
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Old 09-04-2011, 11:40 AM   #8 
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i feel so sad. hes still doing the same thing in the little tank. he looks like me when i get asthma. well i dont turn sideways but i cant move when i get it. Q: can fish get asthma? If they can, maybe he has asthma. But i doubt they can get it.
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Old 09-04-2011, 01:11 PM   #9 
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I wouldn't be using AQ salt regularly in the tank when you do water changes... that can/will harm the fish and when it is needed to heal, the fish will be pretty much immune to the benefits that it gives when treating.
Temp is also way too low, which will cause them to become lethargic, among other problems. Need to raise it to 78-82F.
And no, he doesn't have asthma.
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Old 09-04-2011, 01:20 PM   #10 
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wow 72 is tooo cold as myates said. and the aq salt also doesnt need to be added every time. im not sure what it could be. alot of things can cause the pale color and being lethargic.

Is he eating still? like does he have an interest in food still? are his fins clamped? as if they were all clumped together not spread out. what do you use to condition his water?

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