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I just purchased one today which came from Thailand and everything seemed fine with it until I just went not too long ago to look at it and it died. This is the second time this has happened in less than two months. I had to pay for the fish then I had to pay the transshipped which cost nearly $50 smh. Now it was just a waste of money. The previous beta before I had lasted over a year before passion away. The water wasn't even hot. The water was at a cool temp but not colds. I'm expecting another one tomorrow and I just even feel so excited about it anymore...
 

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Do you know the exact temperature of your water and other parameters such as ammonia and nitrite?

Imports can be sensitive. It is quite stressful for fish to go from one continent to another, and without proper acclimation and maintenance, they can become sick or even die.
 

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Do you know the exact temperature of your water and other parameters such as ammonia and nitrite?

Imports can be sensitive. It is quite stressful for fish to go from one continent to another, and without proper acclimation and maintenance, they can become sick or even die.
I mean it did look healthy and was swimming and everything earlier in the afternoon. That probably wouldn't meaning nothing right? I'm just so upset right now. I paid over $70 for this betta and for the one that's coming later on today.
 

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Do you have a test kit for your water? The first thing anyone will ask you about your fish dying is about your water levels - temperature, ammonia, nitrite/nitrate, and pH. Especially when your fish has been imported, any issues with those things could cause it to die quickly.
 

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A stable 76-80 is desirable for bettas.

Imports should be acclimated slowly. Drip method is generally a good way.

Any Petco or Petsmart will test your water for free. Ask them for an exact number when you test.
 

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+1 Kithy.

With tanks that small, when things go wrong, they go wrong FAST...sometimes in just a few hours. Your Betta may be fine when you leave for work/school and you come home to a dead fish.

For your problem it's all a guessing game unless you help us by answering these questions:

1. How often did you change water?
2. Did you use a water "conditioner" that neutralizes ammonia or just the sea salt?
3. Did temperature stay even? Fluctuating temperatures kill fish. That is why BettaFish.com care guides stress the importance of heaters and thermometers.
4. How long did you have the Betta which just died?

The fish you bought from Thailand were used to different water; traveled thousands of miles; repacked by a transhipper and shipped to you. This can cause stress which weakens the Betta. It is imperative that when they reach you they are provided with a stable environment so they can adjust and destress.

As said before, red gills are an indication of ammonia poisoning.
 
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