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I bought a betta fish back in May. He's all white, beautiful fins & I really really like him. He used to swim around a 1 gallon tank but then I changed him to a 3 gallon for some extra space. His tank has plastic plants, rocks, a light, and heater to keep the temp at a solid 79-80 degrees.

I've noticed lately that he's been floating around the bottom of the tank, seeming to breathe heavily. He doesn't eat, at all... He can't swim horizontally as well as he can vertically. He goes straight to the top of the tank every once in a LONG while and takes a gasp of air & just lets himself fall to the bottom of the tank again. I've tried everything, from changing the water temp to changing the water period. I always treat the water & use a little of his old water to help acclimate him to the new water. Please help me. I don't wanna lose my little guy :-(
 

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Does he use his fins? If you have a flash light gently flash him over and look for a gold dusting type thingie. If he has that it probably is velvet.

Hows his tummy? Is it swollen?


As a general rule look for something out of place in his body.

I would recommend posting pics so the experts here can offer a more educated opinion.
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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?
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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?

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What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
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Please fill those out so we can help you ^^
 

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Thanks but he didn't make it. He started convulsing on his plant and then started twitching and stopped breathing. :( I'm sad. But for my next betta, because I will try again...

3 gallon cylindrical tank. Kept at 79 degrees with small heater. Small aerator. No filter. Water changes once a week with 25% of water. No tan mates. Tetra brand fish flakes, shrimp and pellets. Once a day a few flakes and take out what he didn't eat. When I change water I always treat with tetra brand water neutralizer. Always let old water ad new water acclimate and float fish in it before releasing completely into new water. And I'm not sure about the ammonia and stuff. Am I doing something wrong?? Please advise so I can do better with my next betta. Thanks.

Rest in Peace Castiel. :'(
 

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for a 3 gallon you needed to do 50% water changes every other day and then a 100% once a week.

It sounds like he might have had ammonia poisoning, the current water changes you were doing just couldn't keep up with the building ammonia.

I'm sorry you lost him, he sounded like a wonderful fish
 

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Wow I didn't know had to do them that often. I heard doing too many could stress them out. How exactly do I change the water? Do I remove tw fish into a separate container and just pour out the 25% and refill it? Do I treat the water every single time? I would like to keep one alive for a long time. Please help me out! Thank you!!!!
 

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what I recommend is investing in some cheap gallon jugs (drinking water gallon at grocery stores are only like 93 cents) and some air tubing. What you do is fill 1 gallon full and the other half (1.5 is half of 3) and put your chemicals in. Let that sit for at least 2 hours so it can get room temp. Then siphon out about half of the water out. (set a bucket up below your fish tank, put one end of hose into your fish tank and put the other in the bucket. Gently suck on the end in the bucket and once water goes over the tank and heads down it creates a steady flow.) This method will also allow you to suck up poop and left over foods. Now once you have the old water out do the same thing but in reverse for putting water back in. (Put the gallon jug above the water level of the tank, put one end of the hose in the jug. Suck on the other end and put that into your tank). If this is confusing let me know, I'll draw a diagram.
 

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That sounds easy enough... Do I have to remove my betta from the tank prior to the water change??

& thank you, everyone. I was very upset about the little guy. So much that I couldn't even flush him ): my 11 year old brother had to do it for me. :cry:
 

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No, you don't.
Why did your brother flush him?!?!! :mad: You're treating it like crap if you made him flush it!! You could've buried it! I'm a 11 year old too. I didn't flush my st Betta when it died of Ich.
 

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I flushed him because I live basically in the woods & he would have been dug up by the neighborhood cats & other animals... Believe me, it's happened before in my back yard... So I flushed him to save the misery of him being eaten by the animals out back.

Does anyone else have any suggestions as to changing the water? Sorry, but you're only 11 and I need a professionals advice on changing water!
 

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I AM a professional!! Well, not to be conceited but I have experience. Mo is 12 years old. He breeds Bettas. I am a responsible owner and people thought I was an adult when they didn't know I was young. It doesn't matter of the age, trust me. I know what I'm doing.
 

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BTW, water changes aren't even that hard.
 

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Does anyone else have any suggestions as to changing the water? Sorry, but you're only 11 and I need a professionals advice on changing water!
Lebron knows what their talking about. Their trying to help you and your shooting them down and calling them not experience enough :/ Thats kinda harsh.
 

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I hope this helps. Water changes are not that hard, it just takes time. If you don't have time to do water changes then I hate to say it but you don't have time for fish
 

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Okay, kiddies. Sorry I said he isn't experienced enough, but let's be honest, he's only 11. (or she?) I am simply saying that if someone else has another opinion, I'd like to hear it. Also, I never said I didn't have time to do them. I just want to know the most efficient way to do them. & you want to talk about harsh? How about two kids ganging up on someone who's only trying to do something right & help a betta fish live a long, happy life? That seems harsh. I never owned fish as a young kid, now that I am interested I'm trying to get the most professional help I can. With that being said, thank you for your input & I will consider doing water changes that way.
 

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Also, harsh is some kid saying that I'm an awful person for flushing my fish. Sorry, I don't want my fish eaten by the neighborhood animals that roam around.. Anyways, thanks, again for your input.
 

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I'm not a kid. I'm 22. I was trying to give you advice, you seemed to have ignored it. Someone else gave you advice and you didn't like it because they were 11. We're trying to help you save your fish and your putting us down. How do you expect us to react? If we just wanted to put you down we wouldn't have tried to help you first. If you want professional help (From someone that is older than "kids" pm OldFishLady)

Edit: a lot of people find flushing fish is horrible, all for different reasons. Some feel their fish deserved better than a flush and others are appalled by the fact your flushing a dead animal into the sewers and water systems.
 
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