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I'm worried about Fishie. He's still refusing to eat anything that isn't blood worms, his fins all of a sudden look like their getting smaller, and he doesn't flare up AT ALL anymore. He's still swimming around fine and when blood worms do come around he goes insane for them. But something just doesn't seem right. His fins have some rips in them and I don't know where they came from, they appeared over night...
 

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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?

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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?
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Housing
What size is your tank? 1gal
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? no
Is your tank heated? yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? no mates

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? omega one (having trouble with him eating though) and blood worms
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2times a day morning and night

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? once a every 6-7 days
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 85-95%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? betta plus

Water Parameters: Don't know how to test it.


Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? only in the fact his fins started to flare
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? nope
When did you start noticing the symptoms? last night, April 8th
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? haven't started
Does your fish have any history of being ill? nope
How old is your fish (approximately)? unknown got him from petco a few weeks ago
 

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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)?
I've had bettas before in even .5gal tanks and they lived a few years as long as I was always on top of their water change...
 

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Have you tried soaking his pellet food in garlic juice? He might just be a really fussy eater and its making him a little sick. Like a child refusing to eat their veggies.
 

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I'm sorry you're having troubles :-(

In an aquarium that size you need to be doing at least one 50% water change and a 100% water change per week; one water change alone won't keep the toxins at a safe level (fish poop and uneaten food release a toxin known as ammonia, and fish release ammonia from their gills instead of urinating). It sounds like he may have fin rot, which is usually attributed to poor water quality.

With clean water you should find that his fins start to grow back. You may want to do, for now, two 50% water changes a week and one 100% water change (remember to acclimatize your fish back into his aquarium when doing a 100% water change; also remember to rinse the aquarium thoroughly to remove any fish waste/build up of toxins/bacteria).

If you have any questions or concerns please let us know, there are multitudes of topics available that can explain the vast majority of things about betta care!
 

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Have you tried soaking his pellet food in garlic juice? He might just be a really fussy eater and its making him a little sick. Like a child refusing to eat their veggies.
Garlic juice? I've never even heard that. He loves the blood worms and goes insane for them but anything else he refuses.):
 

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I'm sorry you're having troubles :-(

In an aquarium that size you need to be doing at least one 50% water change and a 100% water change per week; one water change alone won't keep the toxins at a safe level (fish poop and uneaten food release a toxin known as ammonia, and fish release ammonia from their gills instead of urinating). It sounds like he may have fin rot, which is usually attributed to poor water quality.

With clean water you should find that his fins start to grow back. You may want to do, for now, two 50% water changes a week and one 100% water change (remember to acclimatize your fish back into his aquarium when doing a 100% water change; also remember to rinse the aquarium thoroughly to remove any fish waste/build up of toxins/bacteria).

If you have any questions or concerns please let us know, there are multitudes of topics available that can explain the vast majority of things about betta care!
I'll start doing that. Thank you. At first I was told if was probably from flaring up to much because the rips weren't that big, but then when I woke up one day he started having all his fins down all the time and the tail fin had ripped more. I've never had this happen with my veil tail, and he lived a good 3-4years in a tank the same size.): I wish I had the space and money to get AT LEAST a 5gal for him
 

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Heres fishie now.
This happened over night. He's fins ripped more, he doesn't flare up AT ALL! Not even at the cats why they walk by. He dulled down, and he seems more lethargic then normal.): I'm really worried and really scared. I'm picking up a new tank, heater, filer, rocks, new everything today. Can you tell whats wrong with my Fishhie?

His "elephant ears" have always been like that and same with his two run fins under his little elephant fins... never owning an elephant ear I didn't think much of it. but now ALL his fins are down and ripping! This makes me want to cry I've never had this happen before!!! I should have suspected he didn't feel right when I first got him because he refused to eat. I haven't even had him for that long!);
 

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Here is another photo. He's a little camera shy. Even with the state he's in I have to sneak up to take a photo or else he darts into his plants
 

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His fins are what we often call "clamped", meaning he is holding them very close to his body. Bettas will do that if they are unwell or stressed (other species can do it too I think but it's more noticeable with bettas); I still believe it's toxin related. I'm very glad that you chose to get a bunch of new supplies for your betta, he'll absolutely love his new home!!!

I sent you some links via PM about cycling your new aquarium, but in the meantime I'd suggest keeping up with the extra water changes (make sure you dechlorinate the water each time you do a chage and re-acclimatize the fish to the water and chemistry if doing a 100% water change). His fins don't look rough, honestly, though it's hard to tell when they are clamped.

Not all bettas will flare all the time, though. Sometimes if they aren't feeling well they won't flare, or sometimes they'll only flare when they're feeling unwell - it varies between fish.
 

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Thank you! Now I don't feel so worried.<3 Never heard of clamping. When I got him and for the first week he was nothing but Look at me! and all big and mighty
 

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Im sorry your fishie is not feeling well. And I too am glad you are gettin all new stuff for him.

My fishie passed a few months ago and I started buying all new stuff, just got the new heater today. Maybe this weekend I will look for my new fish. ]

Hoping he gets better
 

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Fishies new tank, gonna add plants later. 10gal. 2 filters, 2 small heaters(one for each side) gonna let it run over night to filer everything:) Fishie you will get better and mommy will be sure of it!!! can't wait for him to be full of life<3
 

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When it's done cycling, make sure you get a hood too so he won't jump out.. Plants is a big + too! Most of use here love to use Prime as a water conditioner. I wish you luck and Keep us updated about fishy.
 

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When it's done cycling, make sure you get a hood too so he won't jump out.. Plants is a big + too! Most of use here love to use Prime as a water conditioner. I wish you luck and Keep us updated about fishy.
I have a lid for it already. Has lights and everything, but there's only 1spot in the hood for a filter. So I'll have to take one out, which their pretty strong so it should be ok:)
Gonna keep him alone for now until he gets better, then ill probably add a snail. I'm new to planted tanks, this would be my first time, so we will see how well that goes. Which by the way, does anyone know of a good moss to use to cover the WHOLE flooring?

I just know Fishie will be so happy in his new tank with lots of roaming space. PLUS the cats see it has a giant bath and don't wanna go next to it, so he wont be as scared by them.:)
 

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So Fishie has been moved into his new tank! And oh my! At first I was worried that it would stress him out with such a change. Boy was I wrong! The first thing he did was ram himself to try and get out of the baggy he was siting in! once it was long enough I let him go and hes swimming faster than hes ever swam before!!! He loves his little hiding rocks to! Can't wait to put in some plants and a little bottom feeder<3

But my question still remains... How long do you guys think until his fins unclamp and start to get better and the rips grow back? He'll be living by himself until he is 100%
 

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Congratulations on your new set up! I don't think you'll need two filters, especially if they aren't baffled as this may stress your betta further. Are you going to do regular water quality tests and water changes while the aquarium cycles?

I also don't think the aquarium is big enough for a bottom feeder; a snail, yes, but a bottom feeder would outgrow the environment pretty quickly. I'd really advise against adding any other livestock until the aquarium is cycled as I don't honestly believe anything else will be able to survive the stress.

If the aquarium is going to cycle while the fish is in it it may be a while before his fins grow back, it depends upon how often you'll test and change the water.
 

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Congratulations on your new set up! I don't think you'll need two filters, especially if they aren't baffled as this may stress your betta further. Are you going to do regular water quality tests and water changes while the aquarium cycles?

I also don't think the aquarium is big enough for a bottom feeder; a snail, yes, but a bottom feeder would outgrow the environment pretty quickly. I'd really advise against adding any other livestock until the aquarium is cycled as I don't honestly believe anything else will be able to survive the stress.

If the aquarium is going to cycle while the fish is in it it may be a while before his fins grow back, it depends upon how often you'll test and change the water.
By bottom feeder I do mean a snail. I've always considered them bottom feeders because, well... because their on the bottom of the tank! And yea, I'm gonna see if my local pet store has a test kit. I'm not adding anything until Fishie gets better. I don't want him to stress out any more then he has (although he doesn't seem stressed at all, in fact he already seems to be getting better!) He's enjoying being higher then the cats and see him now gets to look down at them instead of straight at them and he's swimming around his new tank a lot!
 

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That's fantastic! I'm ever so pleased, if you need any more help or advice then please let us know :) And your definition of snail makes sense to me; my assasin snails are always on the bottom (or the baby ones are scooting around on plants).
 
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