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Old 10-01-2011, 10:22 AM   #11 
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I'm happy to report that Elliott feels much better, though he is still not himself. He is swimming and almost breathing normally, but he still is prone to mope about in the dark corners. I was wondering if these symptoms could have been caused by constipation, as I replaced one of his meals with mosquito larva only a few days ago? Or, is this a very sensitive fish going into shock over a bad water change?
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Old 10-01-2011, 11:20 AM   #12 
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water with higher temp have less O2 !! maybe this was a reason ... by adding ice the temp comes down but the O2 level does not come back to the original level.
hope ur fish gets well soon !
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Old 10-01-2011, 12:40 PM   #13 
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That makes perfect sense. I just looked it up. THANK YOU. And thank you to everyone else, too. I'm pretty sure Elliott will pull through. :)
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Old 10-01-2011, 01:42 PM   #14 
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Something similar has happened to my fish twice. The first time, I found out that my sister had spritzed on some perfume nearby and some had fallen into the tank. The second time, I was using a new water conditioner that must not have affected some chemical in my water. Both times I took him out and gave him new water with slime coat, and he was fine.
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Old 10-01-2011, 02:46 PM   #15 
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Freeflow, that also makes sense. My sister is the queen of perfume...
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Old 10-01-2011, 07:21 PM   #16 
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Glad to hear Elliott's on the road to recovery! I hope my fellow gets over his bloat soon too. Poor thing is jamming himself under the clip that is holding his QT tank in the big tank. He knows this is the only way he can keep himself upright. Poor thing, if it wasn't so heartbreaking I'd laugh at how he's using his brains. lol
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Old 10-01-2011, 07:51 PM   #17 
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To all of you who think bettas need oxygen in their water- this is incorrect. They have these special organs for breathing oxygen from directly the surface. This allows them to live in warmer waters with less oxygen.
Having more or less oxygen in the water will not affect their breathing.
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