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Old 10-21-2011, 10:44 AM   #11 
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They can recover, yes. But that all depends on how clean you keep his water.

He should eventually eat. You can try adding garlic juice to his pellets and see if he'll eat. Garlic makes the food taste better.
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:46 AM   #12 
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+100, ylg. garlic also makes it smell better. or, rather... smell stronger.
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:50 AM   #13 
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What is the wattage on your heater? For a tank that small it should only be around 10watts. If it's anything larger it might be overheating your tank, causing wild fluctuations. High temperatures make ammonia more toxic than it already is.

I hope he gets well soon
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Old 10-21-2011, 11:00 AM   #14 
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Ah, just informed by a more knowledgeable source that if unless your tank is cycled, you need to be doing one 100% and one 50% a week. The 100% is so that you can get all of the particles in the gravel and such.
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Old 10-21-2011, 11:11 AM   #15 
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Until he gets better should it be 100% change daily?

The heater is one of those flat round disk heaters for betta tanks.
It doesn't seem to be very consistent. I was thinking of taking it back and getting the Elite Submersible Preset Heater Mini, 25-Watt that seems to be recommended here.

From what I read you can't cycle a 2.5 gallon tank. Ugh that's why I bought that model.

Thanks for the help. As long has he's hanging in there I will keep trying.
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Old 10-21-2011, 11:22 AM   #16 
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It is possible to cycle a tank of any size; the smaller, the more difficult. Due to the size, ammonia reaches toxic levels before bacteria can establish itself. In larger tanks, bacteria starts setting up even when the ammonia levels are still at safe levels.

A lot of people (myself included) generally tell beginners they are unable to cycle a smaller tank, due to the difficulty and upkeep levels required to establish and maintain it.

Larger tanks are much easier to care for.


And yes, I recommend changing the water everyday until he gets better. Make sure the temperature is consistent and you're allowing him time to acclimate him to the new water in a floating cup before releasing him into his squeaky clean tank.
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Old 10-22-2011, 12:26 AM   #17 
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Ok finally got a photo to show up.
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He passed away today.
Thanks for everyone's help.
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Old 10-22-2011, 11:49 PM   #19 
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Kamsmommy, so sorry your betta has passed away. From the look of the photo, it appeared to have been ammonia poisoning, someone correct me if I am wrong. This is likely due to your infrequent/incorrect water change schedule and/or the malfunction of your filter. This type of poisoning take a while for the symptoms to manifest, but if no appropriate intervention is forthcoming on time, the internal organs would have been damaged and is irreparable. I hope you will not be discouraged by this, Betta fish is really a hardy type of fish, all they really need is pristine clean water in a spacious tank.

Good luck on your next betta if you decide to go for it again.

Cheers!
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Old 10-23-2011, 12:06 AM   #20 
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Is there something in his appearance that makes you say that or the lack of anything else?

Thanks for the help. I think we will and this will all help in the future.
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