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I LOVE betta fish and have had several over the years with no problems. I have done more research and upped the living arrangements and care for my recent bettas and I keep having problems and cannot figure out why. Please help!

My very first betta lived in a tiny little glass jar, no heater, no filter and not a lot of room and lived for 3 years.

I got my 2nd betta some years later. Elmo was her name (red female). She was in a 2.5 gallon tank with a light, heater set at 78-80 degrees and a nano filter. She lived for about a year and a half before she started swimming sideways and sinking to the bottom. I had always fed her blood worms (that is what the pet store guy told me would be the best-don't believe everything they tell you). I read that it was probably swim bladder disease and treated with epsom salt to no avail. She did not eat for a month and at the end would sink to the bottom gasping for air. RIP Elmo.

Figuring it was probably the swim bladder disease, I did more research, got a bigger and better tank (3.0 gallon and a better lid that my cat could not get into) as well as a water testing kit and better food (high protein pellets). I got a beautiful red and black male betta, Soni. He was very active the first week and a half and then the past couple of days he would just sit near the top. He wasn't bloated, his fins were all spread out-not clamped. I did 25-50% water changes every 3 days, used water conditioner and he had a heater. I woke up this morning and he was upside down and dead on the bottom of the tank. I have increased the amount of research and been more conscientious about water conditions, etc and yet he still died within 2 weeks. :(

I would like to get another betta but do not want to kill yet another beautiful fish. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
 

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I had a friend who had a crowntail betta that did the same thing right before he died. She had him for five months and he was the most active fish that I have ever seen he would swim around his tank all day long and play with my friend's finger when she would wiggle it on the tank window. One day he just stopped moving and sat in the top corner of his tank. Her and I researched every disease imaginable but to no avail. We just could not figure out what was wrong with him. He appeared healthy but he stopped eating. We checked for Ich and swim bladder and tried some medications but he died anyway. I don't think your fish dying was anything you did wrong. Sometimes it's just their time to go and buying from a petstore you don't really know how old the fish is to begin with or how they were treated before you purchased them. I'm sorry I don't have any good advice to give but as far as I can see you do the same thing I do with my fish and I've had sixteen of them for nearly a year and a half.
 
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