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Old 02-15-2012, 05:40 PM   #1 
ToniDaniel
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Jack is a sick baby

Housing
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

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

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)? Housing
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

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

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)? Housing
What size is your tank? 1 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 75
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? yes
Is your tank heated? no
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? blood worms
How often do you feed your betta fish? once daily
Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? once weekly
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? complete water conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? Don't have a test kit

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? His color is very dull. How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He used to be so happy when I came to the tank but now he acts terrified and either hides somewhere or floats at the top.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 6 days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I cleaned his tank and moved him to a brighter spot in the room and tried to keep him warmer. he stopped eating for a few days but now he'll eat a little but shows no interest in anything going on around him.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? i've only had him for a month or so
How old is your fish (approximately)? a baby
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Old 02-16-2012, 04:33 PM   #2 
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I can't help much since I'm not an expert, but I'll do my best.

What do you mean by baby? Does he have long fins, or is he small with short, stubby fins? If he has long fins, than he is an adult.

You didn't clean the tank with soap, right? I know you probably didn't, but I just wanted to make sure.

In a one gallon, you need to do two 100% changes a week. The ammonia will get too high otherwise.

Bettas need a heater. They're tropical fish and need water 76-80, preferably 78-79. You can get a good heater fairly cheap. Hydor is a good brand, but look on the web for a good heater for a 1 gallon. If you upgraded to a 2.5 gallon, it would be easier to heat and the fish would enjoy the space. I use a 1 gallon for one of my bettas, but it is hard to heat.

Bloodworms are not a good diet for bettas. They are not nutritious, although they are loaded with protein. Get a good pellet food to feed him. New Life Spectrum Betta Formula is good. Feed it to him in two meals a day, about 3 pellets per meal. Once a week he needs a day without food to clean out his system. You can feed him bloodworms two days a week in place of the pellets and the extra protein will be good for him. That's what I do, 4-6 bloodworms split up between two meals.

I hope that helps, probably someone who can help you more will come along soon.
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Old 02-16-2012, 05:50 PM   #3 
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Welcome, sorry your little one isn't feeling so well...

In a 1 gallon it is recommended only 1 50% and 1 100% water change per week with water conditioner- more then that then you run the risk of the tank being too clean, which in the long run can affect the health of your fish.

I would go ahead and get a heater of 7.5 watts to 25 watts to keep his temp a little higher and stable- fluctuations in temp that are too drastic in too short of a time can cause shock and death. Lower temp water over time will also affect their health- lowered immune system, slower metabolism, lethargy.

As mentioned above, pellets are recommended- NLS betta or New pellets, or Omega One Betta Buffet is even a little better.. Freeze dried may have protein, but it's empty carbs, no nutrition and just not ideal to feed more then 1 or two meals a week of it.

Now, here is the tricky part.. you said baby, did the cup say "Baby Betta" on it? If so, then their requirements are different then adults, and novelists tend to have a hard time keeping them alive.

As for his actions- sounds like stress.. could be from being moved to a new location, temps fluctuating, or even the bubbles you have from an air stone- which I am assuming you have since you said you have no filter, yet have aeration.
In a 1 gallon, an airstone can become too much for them to be comfortable with- bettas don't need aeration, just a calm, current-free surface to breathe. The bubbles may be causing too much ripples at the surface for him to breathe comfortably, highly recommended to not use an air stone in a one gallon.

Is there a way for you to post a picture so we can see him?
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:35 PM   #4 
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Thanks for the info. I will try all of your suggestions. Jack is an adult. Today his tummy looks a little bloated and the scales around the tummy are sticking out like with dropsy. I will take a picture tomorrow in the daylight.
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:53 PM   #5 
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I forgot to say that his water gets cloudy 2 or 3 days after the water is changed. I'm very new to this and feel awful for the poor little guy.
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