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Old 09-07-2011, 09:11 AM   #1 
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My sister's female betta is acting strange. Her one eye is comepletely red., a couple weeks ago she had a bump on her face. She barely moves!! (Infact she only moves if you pick the tank up!!) PLEASE HELP!!!
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:30 AM   #2 
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Welcome to the forum and sorry your sisters Betta is not well...we need some more information.....

Fill this out and copy paste it in this post...the more information we have the better....
http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=49233
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:58 AM   #3 
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Here you go!!:

Housing
What size is your tank?-Not sure, It's small though
What temperature is your tank?-78 degrees F
Does your tank have a filter?-No
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?-Wardley Betta Food
How often do you feed your betta fish?-4 pellets everyday

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change?-Once a month
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?-ALL
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?-None

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water?-I have not tested

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?-Gotten "stiff', one eye red, other bulging
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?-Does not move often
When did you start noticing the symptoms?-2 weeks ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?-Ni
Does your fish have any history of being ill?-No
How old is your fish (approximately)-2 years old

Here is alink to a picture of our bowl:http://reviews.petco.com/3554/109885...ws/reviews.htm

Note:The divider is not in, since there us only one fish in the bowl.
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:11 AM   #4 
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Its most likely water quality issue-I would get her started on an Epsom salt (Not aquarium salt) 2tsp/gal and tannins along with 100% daily water changes for 10-14 days.....

Premix the treatment water in a 1gal jug of dechlorinated water-Add Epsom salt 2tsp/gal and tannins-either IAL or dried oak leaf and let this steep for 30min-1hr...Shake well before use....and use this premixed treatment water for 50% water changes every hour for 2 hours today and tomorrow start 100% water changes for 14 more days......On day 5/6 you may need to increase the Epsom salt to 3tsp/gal if the swelling hasn't reduced by at least half.......

You need to get a thermometer to check the water temp and try to keep this in the 75-76F range and check the treatment water before water changes so that it is within a few degrees between the tank water and premixed treatment water so not to temp shock the Betta.....

Once the treatment is completed and she is better-to prevent this from happening....Increase the water changes to-2-50% and 1-100% a week using like temp dechlorinated water......

Since this is a tropical fish-they need a somewhat stable water temp at least 76-80F....the tank you have is too small to add a heater.....often as the fish gets older they can be more sensitive to cool water temps and you may need to upgrade to at least a 1gal container so that you can safely heat it....

Good luck and keep us posted.....
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:23 AM   #5 
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Alrighty.

It seems that you need to up the water changes to one 50% and one 100% every week.
I think that she might also have pop-eye...which can be caused by dirty water.
Do you not add water conditioner after you change that water? You might want to start doing that as well.

EDIT: Ah, looks like OFL gotcha covered!

Good Luck!! :)
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:27 AM   #6 
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Oh...but I missed the no dechlorinator.......good question......why do you not use dechlorinator....are you on well water......
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:42 AM   #7 
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What is a dechlorinator? Oh, and I thought she had popeye.

Oh, and we asked an employee at PetCo. He thought we should put anti-biodicts in th tank. My mother wants to follow this rather than what OLF posted. Any suggestions on how to convince her
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:49 AM   #8 
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Petstore worker rarely know what they're talking about. They had goldfish in with betas in their stock tanks, and said they were fine. Not only do goldfish and bettas have totally different needs, the amount of ammonia goldies put out would kill the bettas.

De-chlorinator (water conditioner) is an additive that you should be putting in the water after each water change. It helps to get rid of metals and harmful toxins in water that would normally kill fish.
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:53 AM   #9 
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THAT'S WHAT I THOUGHT!! Can somebody please explain OLF's treatment in a way my sister can understand!!
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:58 AM   #10 
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.36 gallons?!!!!!!! WHAT
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