Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-26-2012, 08:16 PM   #1 
Meldiane
New Member
 
Meldiane's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
New betta - He's sick :(

Ok got my Betta from petsmart on Friday. The tank had been running for a day or so with some good media filter from my other tank. The water levels were all good to go. Put him in there and he was ok the first night and seemed to be active with flaring at his reflection. It's been downhill since then.

I saw some white spots on him so I started treating (today) for A fungal infection with some aq salt. Temp is steady around 79. He will swim up to the top for air then just float down to the bottom and lay there (see pic). He will not stop himself from hitting the bottom.

He will have quick bursts of energy and swim around the tank like normal but it's quick lived and he will then float sideways or sink to the bottom again. He seems to be breathing heavy as well.

I have him in a 3.5 gallon tank with a heater and filter. I put a baffle on the filter as the flow was too hard.

Any help would be very much appreciated. I'm so sad :(
Attached Images
 
Meldiane is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2012, 08:21 PM   #2 
SwimmR
New Member
 
SwimmR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: East Coast USA
Sounds like you're doing the right things - heat, salt. But you're right, he does not look good. Maybe an expert will chime in with more suggestions. You can raise the temp a little more while he's sick (up to around 82).
SwimmR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2012, 08:26 PM   #3 
Meldiane
New Member
 
Meldiane's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Thanks! I hope he will make it. I just raised the temp to be 82
Meldiane is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2012, 08:30 PM   #4 
Meldiane
New Member
 
Meldiane's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Here he is now :(
Attached Images
 
Meldiane is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2012, 08:35 PM   #5 
Meldiane
New Member
 
Meldiane's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
I also just noticed this. He has these patches on his face. They are shiny in the light.
Attached Images
 
Meldiane is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2012, 08:36 PM   #6 
Pataflafla
Member
 
Pataflafla's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Lake Havasu, Arizona
Be careful when changing temperatures. Too fast and you'll shock their system. you have to be slow to let them adjust.

Keep it at a constant temperature right now and lower the water level to a few inches. I would cup him in the betta cup he came in and float that in his tank.

Stop with the aquarium salt and have him on fresh water and water conditioner. Give him a day or two to rest before starting epsom salt at 1 tsp/gal (Dissolve in conditioned water first). Do this for a max of 14 days, but I suggest 7-10 days minimum. 100% daily changes to whatever water he's in, recondition it, and add in the same amount of epsom salt (Plain, no scents or colors)

Did you acclimate him to the new temperature and water source when you first got him? Also, have you rinsed everything under warm water before adding it to the tank and adding him?
Pataflafla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2012, 08:42 PM   #7 
Meldiane
New Member
 
Meldiane's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pataflafla View Post
Be careful when changing temperatures. Too fast and you'll shock their system. you have to be slow to let them adjust.

Keep it at a constant temperature right now and lower the water level to a few inches. I would cup him in the betta cup he came in and float that in his tank.

Stop with the aquarium salt and have him on fresh water and water conditioner. Give him a day or two to rest before starting epsom salt at 1 tsp/gal (Dissolve in conditioned water first). Do this for a max of 14 days, but I suggest 7-10 days minimum. 100% daily changes to whatever water he's in, recondition it, and add in the same amount of epsom salt (Plain, no scents or colors)

Did you acclimate him to the new temperature and water source when you first got him? Also, have you rinsed everything under warm water before adding it to the tank and adding him?
I threw away the cup he came in already. Yes I acclimated him to the temp before putting him in. For about 35 minutes. I washed everything in warm water, including the filter before adding him.

So I have a solo cup I could float him in. How long should I keep him in the cup for? Thank you so much for your help.
Meldiane is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2012, 08:45 PM   #8 
Pataflafla
Member
 
Pataflafla's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Lake Havasu, Arizona
Keep him floating in the cup until he's stronger. You'll know when he's ready to be out. If he's still having issues with energy or generally being lethargic, then keep him in. Rinse out the cup before putting him in it though.

he might be in shock if your water parameters are off from what the store used. Usually it's levels that the store doesn't measure that are different. Like pH and such.

Give him time to adjust and keep things dark for him.

For the pale spots on his face, that usually happens when a betta is stressed and their colors pale up. When he's feeling better, they should go away.
Pataflafla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2012, 08:47 PM   #9 
Meldiane
New Member
 
Meldiane's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pataflafla View Post
Keep him floating in the cup until he's stronger. You'll know when he's ready to be out. If he's still having issues with energy or generally being lethargic, then keep him in. Rinse out the cup before putting him in it though.

he might be in shock if your water parameters are off from what the store used. Usually it's levels that the store doesn't measure that are different. Like pH and such.

Give him time to adjust and keep things dark for him.

For the pale spots on his face, that usually happens when a betta is stressed and their colors pale up. When he's feeling better, they should go away.
So I should put some of the tank water in the cup or new water all together (conditioned of course)
Meldiane is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2012, 08:48 PM   #10 
Pataflafla
Member
 
Pataflafla's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Lake Havasu, Arizona
New water altogether. Start with the cleanest and you'll get the best result.
Pataflafla is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Help! My betta is sick nitab89 Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies 10 01-08-2012 01:13 PM
New Betta Owner With a Sick Baby Betta! Aguamenti Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies 13 01-06-2012 03:09 PM
Help! Betta sick? jewledrose Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies 6 11-14-2010 06:57 PM
SICK BETTA, PLEASE HELP steph5 Betta Fish Care 4 07-10-2008 11:25 PM
Sick betta, still! lilameski Betta Fish Care 3 07-01-2008 05:34 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:13 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.