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Old 09-07-2011, 11:06 AM   #11 
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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.....
Buy Epsom Salt (you can get it at your local drug store) and 2 teaspoons for each gallon of water. Tannins, which is in Oak Leaves and Indian Almond Leaves. You can collect oak leaves and crumple & soak them in water and them add that water to the 'tank'.

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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.......
^ Explained right here. Do 50% water changes with the pre-mix every hour for 2 hours a day for today and tomorrow. Then do 100% water changes everyday for 14 more days. I think the salt explains itself.

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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.....
^Speaks for itself.

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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.....
Do two 50% water changes and one 100% water change once a week from now on. Your 'tank' is way too small to be doing any less than that.
Honestly, to make it easier on your sister, or you, you should upgrade to something around 2-3 gallons.
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Old 09-07-2011, 01:41 PM   #12 
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My sister/Mom went to the pet store (PetCo). The "fish specialist" told them to clean the tank, and put Epsom salt in once!!! (Only 18 grains)!! I tried to tell them OLF's treatment, but they didn't listen. Which treatment is better???
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Old 09-07-2011, 01:48 PM   #13 
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You need to follow what OFL said. You need to be changing the water every day...don't follow what the "fish specialists" said. They're almost never right. Heck, I was told to house two males together once!
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Old 09-07-2011, 05:06 PM   #14 
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The chain pet stores are mostly in it for money. Sometimes you may find someone who honestly cares and is knowledgeable when it comes to bettas. But in general, it's best to ask the people who care/breed them on a regular basis. Even the link you showed us, just have your mom read the comments alone and she can see it is a rather small tank. It's a living, breathing animal with a personality, pain, emotions. It's like putting a large dog in a small crate and having it live there it's life without much room to thrive. Now that is just my opinion, nothing smaller then a 1gal. But if doing the proper, recommended water changes that was stated previously, it can still live somewhat comfortably in that tank.
OFL is very knowledgeable. She raises and breeds bettas along with many other types of animals. She definatly knows what she is talking about. Even if your mom won't go as far as doing the tannins treatment, everything else needs to be done to help your sister's poor fish.
Sadly there are a lot of misconceptions about bettas out there, and people who aren't hobbyists don't really know and need to read up on them. Things have changed over the years and people are starting to see that these beautiful fish may be hardy, but they do need a lot of TLC and proper care.

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