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Old 01-27-2012, 10:46 AM   #1 
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Unhappy HELP! Ich or velvet!

My betta fish started acting funny about 3 weeks ago,
Just floating in the top corner of his tank, not eating, and swimming occasionally on his side. At first I though it was swim bladder so I fasted him for a few days.
Now his head is a going white from his lips down compared to its usual deep red. Also when he is breathing quite fast and you can see it all white under his gills when he lifts his head up. His body is starting to go bronze and sometimes he just goes crazy and attacks the side of the bowl. His find are fine.
I tried treating him once with a protozoan medication and have just repeated it.
His tank is over half a gallon and he has a silk plant. He also has a small heater and his temperature is usually 24degrees Celsius. His water is clean and conditioned, I've scrubbed his tank out since he's been like this a few times as well! I also feed him betta pelets. Please help I hate seeing him like he's suffering, what should I do?!
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Old 01-27-2012, 02:09 PM   #2 
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Welcome to the forum and sorry you are having problems....we need more info and a pic...complete this info list and add it to your post....

http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=49233
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Old 01-27-2012, 03:07 PM   #3 
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What size is your tank? 1/2 gallon
What temperature is your tank? Usually 24 now 27
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?no
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? Betta fish pellets ( mosquito larvae)
How often do you feed your betta fish? Every morning

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Once ever 10 days
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Water conditioner

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

Ammonia:N/A
Nitrite:N/A
Nitrate:N/A
pH:N/A
Hardness:N/A
Alkalinity: N/A

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Colour fading, white under gills
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Floats in the top corner, bursts of energy attacking the side of the bowl.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 3 weeks ago when he wasn't swimming much
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Fasted him for a few days inase of swim bladder, protozoan antibiotic
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? 6 months
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Old 01-27-2012, 03:21 PM   #4 
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What I would recommend at this point-make some 50% water changes daily for 2 days and double dose the dechlorinator-be sure the replacement water temp is within a few degrees of the tank water temp and see if this perks him up.

Then get on a regular schedule of 3 weekly water changes on half gallon unfiltered without live plants...2-50% and 1-100% a week to maintain water quality.....

If he doesn't perk up in 2 days or symptoms change-he may need a treatment...but I think maybe improved water quality and double dose dechlorinator may help-unless too much damage has been done and the immune response compromised due to long term water quality issues...

Nutrition-I would fast for 24hr-then offer good quality varied diet in small frequent meals-but since you have mosquito larva-I would offer several rinsed 2-3 times a day....

Can you post a pic....
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Old 01-27-2012, 03:25 PM   #5 
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Here is a picture of him :)
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