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Old 11-14-2011, 01:20 AM   #1 
KristinJoyful
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Exclamation Help! Benjamin losing his colour!

Benjamin has been acting "weird" for a week or two now.
My husband has a feeling its because we have relocated and he has been on a few too many trips.
He's been settled for a week now and I've noticed changes about him.
My main concern is his discolour. He's so pale and I'm so worried. My last friend "Jerry" was with us 3 years, and I don't need to lose another one.
We've moved from a house in the country, where no chlorine is present and now we have chlorine.
I am using a chlorine remover. I also bought him a heater, but it's only a few degrees than his tank already was.
He's been in the "heated" water for a day, and he's acting terrible.

Housing
What size is your tank? 2
What temperature is your tank? 75
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Filter
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? Frozen Bloodworms.
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once daily, sometime at night.

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? Weekly.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Chlorine remover.

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

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
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Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Pale colouring, found full fins in the tank, but no sign of damage on him.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Eats heartily, but slumps around.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Two weeks.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Month, from pet store.



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Old 11-14-2011, 01:34 AM   #2 
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He may be being affected by the change in water chemistry.

Did you acclimate him to the new chemistry, or just temperature?
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Old 11-14-2011, 07:32 PM   #3 
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He may be being affected by the change in water chemistry.

Did you acclimate him to the new chemistry, or just temperature?
I helped him to the temperature, how would I help him adjust to the new chemistry?
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Old 11-14-2011, 10:10 PM   #4 
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I helped him to the temperature, how would I help him adjust to the new chemistry?
When you acclimate to chemistry, you add a small amount of new water to his old water ever 15 minutes or so, while dumping the cup water out just a little bit at a time.
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Old 11-14-2011, 10:17 PM   #5 
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When you acclimate to chemistry, you add a small amount of new water to his old water ever 15 minutes or so, while dumping the cup water out just a little bit at a time.
Yeah I did that, he's acting terribly worse. His colour is fading completely, and he's just sitting at the bottom of his tank.
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Old 11-14-2011, 10:43 PM   #6 
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the first thing i would do is change his heater. try getting an aqueon water heater, 50 watt. one that you can set the temperature to and set it to around 79 or 80 degrees. I would also do a 50% water change daily for a week and also do a aquarium salt treatment. 1 teaspoon of aquarium salt per gallon (so for you it would be 2 teaspoons). do that for a week along with the water changes and see how he is feeling after that :) when you are doing the aquarium salt, make sure you dissolve the salt all the way in a seperate cup of water before you add it in. i would also try getting some Stress Coat by API. it doubles as a decholorinater and it also helps restore the fishes stress coat and helps heal fins. so that might make him feel better to. i know this is a lot of information..but just some advice that might help :) i hope he gets better with this advice. but i would definatly say that all the moving has made him stressed and made him a little depressed, so these things will def help him out a bit with the stress :) good luck! i hope your boy gets better, he is gorgeous!
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Old 11-14-2011, 10:46 PM   #7 
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Hi Kristinjoyful - Welcome to the forum. We're sorry to hear about your little guy. It's a little difficult to decipher, but he's acting as if he's experiencing some sort of shock. That is why Pataflafla was asking you about acclimation. I have a female that is currently experiencing osmotic shock and your guy sounds as if he's going through the exact same thing. Osmotic shock is caused from a quick swing in pH levels. Do you know the pH differences between your water in the country vs. your new water? It's very likely that your country water was low and your new water is high. Especially if you're saying that your country water didn't have chlorine and your new water does. I have a very high pH, but I accidentally lowered it a bit from a few plants that died in my tank. The dead organic matter only lowered it from 8.2 to 8.0 but my female is now sick. If this is the case with your guy, unfortuantly there isn't anything you can do for him. No matter what acclimation shock he may be experiencing, the best thing will be a good water conditioner (Prime by Seachem is advised) and the time to adjust. Keep his lights out for a day or two and don't feed him. Let him hide and de-stress. When it's time to do a water change, I was advised to only do 25% but dose the water with Prime as if you were doing a 100% water change. (Prime is a water conditioner that detoxifies as well as removes chemicals. You can purchase it almost all Pet Stores) So, for exampe: For a 2gal tank, you'd use 4 drops of Prime. For a 25% water change you'd usually only need 1 drop. However, do a 25% water change and use the full 4 drops. Also, on this forum we'll advise you to start doing 2x weekly water changes. One is 50% w/a light vaccum and the other is 100%. In such a small tank, their ammonia levels increase quickly and ammonia is lethal to our little friends. The reason why his color is pale is because he's stressed and sick. Once he acclimates he'll color-up again. If he's prety young and healthy, he should come through just fine. Keep us posted!
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