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Old 09-04-2011, 08:25 PM   #1 
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Calcifer is sick :( Please help

For the past few days he has been really lethargic and just kind of laying on the bottom of the tank. He was swimming up to eat when I would feed him though, until today. He was completely uninterested in food. He looks normal, no spots or anything. Any idea what might be wrong or how to fix it? :(

Housing
What size is your tank? 1.5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 82
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
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? None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? TetraMin tropical crisps
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1-2 crisps, twice a day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? Full
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Amquel water conditioner

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

Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 5-10 ppm
pH: ~7.5
Hardness: unknown
Alkalinity: unknown

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? None
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Very lethargic, lays on bottom of tank, no interest in food, breathing looks labored
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 2/3 days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Been adding 1/2 tablespoon of aquarium salt daily, hasn't really made a difference.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? 10/11 months, but I'm not sure how old he was when I got him.
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Old 09-04-2011, 08:38 PM   #2 
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He just kind of lays there. Either on his log or on the bottom.
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Old 09-04-2011, 10:37 PM   #3 
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He also sinks against the wall and doesn't move. Anyone have any advice? I'm freaking out a little
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Old 09-04-2011, 10:40 PM   #4 
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He just kind of lays there. Either on his log or on the bottom.
I dont know if its distortion or whatever but your betta looks like he has huge fins o.o
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He does have huge fins haha. They are easily two inches long. I really don't want to lose him :(
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Old 09-04-2011, 10:45 PM   #6 
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He does have huge fins haha. They are easily two inches long. I really don't want to lose him :(
Well Im not expert on betta fishes. D:
When my betta was lethargic I did the whole aquarium salt treatment.
He was good in about 3 days.
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Old 09-05-2011, 01:11 AM   #7 
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Update- his gills also look inflamed and the aquarium salt hasn't been helping so I gave him some triple sulfa. Don't know what else to do here...
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Old 09-05-2011, 01:23 AM   #8 
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Aq salt takes time to work. More than just a few hours. Lower his water level and do more frequent changes for now. If you can, take him off the medication and give the aq salt at least 2 days before switching him. It might be easier to premix the aq salt in a gallon of treated water, cup him, and do daily changes to the cup.

Once he's healthy, do a 50% and 100% every week to maintain water quality. He could be having some ammonia issues.

EDIT: Use 1-2 tsp/gal premixed. 1/2 a tsp will do nothing for treatment causes.
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Old 09-05-2011, 01:41 AM   #9 
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Thank you, I will try that.
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