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Okay, so at 7AM maybe earlier then that! We foster this little girl named Maria, she's 3 years old. Anyways, she always does some worse things because she's going through what we call 'Terrible 2s' anyways, at 7AM I do not know HOW THE HECK she even did this, but got 2 containers of my fish food, the small "Betta fish food" there like these worm things ( not blood worms ) and then she got my huge container of flakes, she dumped both of them in the tank, my WHOLE tank was covered in fish food, all over the gravel, everywhere and I just did a 100% water change 2 days ago :-( My water was perfect.


I cleaned up the tank, but there's still pieces of fish food that will come up, or my Betta Flame will find them and eat them, it makes me so mad, he's pretty bloated, not the REALLY huge bloated, just a medium size round belly, kinda like something that's almost going obese :oops: don't know how to 'really' say this or explain...


What can I do? I don't want to do ANOTHER 100% water change? I don't have a gravel vaccum, my filter is a Whisper 40i or looks like that one, anyways it's not helping as much, the water is 'kinda' cloudy, but my fish is bloated, laying down, breathing little fast, and he will move if I come up to the tank and try to swim around, but then when I leave goes to lay down, I put a castle in his tank took out a plant just recently that had this green slime growing all over it, like Green Jello and a plant inside it, it was kinda weird so I threw it out, and replaced it with this castle I got for a $1 from the dollar store, he likes going in it, fits in it perfectly.

Anyways, what should I do?!?! :oops:
 

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I would cup the Betta and do another major cleaning on the tank with that much fish food being added all at once. Filter media might need to be cleaned really good or changed all together. The Betta is in distress from overeating and water quality due to the fish food.
I missed the tank size and how long it had been established-but you might need to start over or keep the Betta in QT while the tanks biofilters takes care of the mess biologically along with some manual help.

If she still seem distressed after a 24h fast in QT or she starts to get worse-I would start Epsom salt (Not aquarium salt) 2tsp/gal and tannin treatment.
 

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Agree- you really gotta keep doing those water changes in there, and get the betta out.. I recently lost 7 fish to someone in the house overfeeding them, no where near the amount your fish was fed. The toxins build up incredibly fast.
 

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So you guys want me to do another 100% water change until it's all out, I did get most of out, not all of it, but there are little tiny pieces, and I do know that ammonia level can build up, I am just low on Aqua+ which makes the water safe for him. It's so hard to get some of it out. Well the "Betta Fish Food" which are those worms, because they get all sticky.
 

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Get him out and do a 100% water change. I heard that if you leave the water sitting out for more than 24 hours, the chlorine gets evaporated.
 

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The tank is 3 Gallons, yes I know it's not big yet, but we do have a 10 gallon which recently housed my turtle, but we gave him to a friend, but we constantly see him anyways. So the tank is a 'bit' dirty, even after so much scrubbing & cleaning, also the light is very strong maybe like a UV light? And the filter is to powerful & we keep it downstairs, but in my opinion I rather not use it, and bringing it up stairs for our living room will bother my sister, because not only that but the tank which houses my betta replaced the lamp for our living room.
 

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Okay, right now I only I only have a cup, but I also have a 1/2 gallon which use to house my old betta which was old and pretty well lived in a cup his whole life, passed away after few days after a water change, but I am afraid to use it due, to that day after doing a water change >.<
 

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@Crowntails - Yes, chlorine evaporates. But municipal water may contain chloramines or heavy metals, which are also harmful to fish, and those don't evaporate. That's why it's best to use a conditioner that says it removes/neutralizes chlorine, chloramines and heavy metals.

@Link592 - How much conditioner do you have left? Can you measure it out, and determine how much water it will treat? If you're lucky, it'll be enough to treat 3 gallons, which means you can do the 100% water change..... If it isn't to treat the full amount, I'd still do a 100% water change, but only put in the amount of new water that you have conditioner for - then run out to the store and get another bottle, so you can replace the rest. For example, if you have enough to treat 2 gallons: remove all the current water, add 2 gal of new treated water, put the betta into this, and then go to the store to get a new bottle. When you get home, treat and add the 3rd gal.
 

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Just follow what OFL said.. place the fish in a container.. cup he came in, etc... do a 100% water change, rinse the gravel.. rinse the filter media really well - if you have a spare place it in the tank.. then place the fish back into the 3g tank. The 3g isn't cycled, don't rinse off the decorations, just place those back into the tank and any beneficial bacteria stuck on them will help seed the filter.. and since you rinsed off the gravel there should be no food left.

And there ya go.. clean tank and no worries.. keep an eye on her, don't feed her for a couple of days to make sure she digests the food she ate.
 

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don't just pull water out then add clean, pick up the tank, set it CAREFULLY on the floor of your tub or sink (if it fits) and keep rinsing that gravel and stirring it up until it ALL comes out!

Just be glad that it's a 3 gallon, and not a 55, and that it's a betta and not either a 7" piranha or 8" goldfish (happened to me twice!). My 3 yr old son tried feeding the piranha a whole canister of cichlid pellets, and my fiance accidentally dropped the piranha onto the carpet when she bit a hole in my net. The second time, my son stacked his toy box on top of something else to feed the fish a nice 1/4 bag of expensive goldfish food, then slipped and gave himself a nice bloody nose for his efforts. Those tanks were a mess to clean, I had to run the garden hose through the window to rinse, rinse, rinse while the piranha hung out in the tub, or the numerous goldfish in a bucket the second time.

Little kids mimic what other people do (that's how they learn), and seeing you feeding the fish, she's just trying to be like you. Don't blame her. I hate when people say "Oh what I would do to that kid". The concept of "too much" doesn't occur to them. Instead, teach her HOW, or, find a new place to hide the fish food.
 

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No Skye, because we foster her and another baby & another baby XD a nurse comes over and sees there progress, blah blah blah, and she said she was going threw her terrible 2s, which she didn't go threw and it's 'late' I really don't believe this "Terrible 2s" stuff, but apparently it's true.

She's never actually seen me feed my fish, and my fish food was on the top of my cabinet which takes at least a stool or chair to reach. And I'm 5"7 and I still can't reach it, unless I'm just to short.

Anyways, but it was about 6 or 7AM in the morning, and she was running around, last time I was taking a shower and I found her playing in the water with her hands, also she took my tank water and poured it on the baby who we foster whom is (1) years old, on his hair. And this happened many times, maybe about 5 times already? This is the 6th time, I do understand it's not my fault, but it angers me a lot.

By the way guys the fish is a "He" unless your pointing out to Maria, who's a girl xD I let the water run for 30 minutes, just to get it around room temperature, now I am just placing him in a plastic bag so he can float. Our local fish store uses bags instead of plastic cups, they rather keep the 'vases' they are in at the shop.


Also, his color is fading a bit, he use to be very, very bright red, now he's just a little bit fading, and his color is not as bright as it use to be, it it because of the food? Now that I have no more fish food left, I will be picking him up some pellets, I hope to god our pet store sells New Life Spectrum pellets.

Edit: My friend had 4 piranhas, when she was 4 till 8 years old, they were fed 'meat' she said, hard to believe and feeder goldfish they had a similar problem, while I was at her house that time.

Haha, I have 55 gallon, and honestly there is only 1 tetra that lives in there, poor little thing I am hoping I can go pick up 10 tetras for (s)he. And I had cleaned out a 55 gallon, so much gravel and plants to wash, it was hard :O Took me till 1PM to 9PM since it was that bad, due to no one cleaning it out.
 

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I would remove the betta and change the water again and run the filter at a higher speed f it adjustable and keep the filter media clean
 

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Just cleaned it out, I had 5mL of Aqua Plus left, good thing about Aqua Plus it has a stress coat in it, so it helps if he's stressed. The water is clear, and I don't see food floating around anymore, so hopefully everything is good.
 

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she had to see someone feeding him, especially if she knew where the food was! ;-)

Aren't toddlers FUN?
 

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Except they add bioload of their own, so they mean more water changes in the long run.
Do you have snails in your tank(s)? Since my plants and snail population have become established my need to change water has dropped drastically , according to my water test. I still change water every 7 -10 days but nitrates are never over 5ppm. I feel that snails are a valuable part of a tanks system, as they are in the wild.
 

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Snails make more waste than they eat so I don't think a snail will help. I have 2 in my 20G, they poo A LOT.
 

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Snails make more waste than they eat so I don't think a snail will help. I have 2 in my 20G, they poo A LOT.
How can they create more poo than they eat? They eat x amount of bio load, use a portion of that to sustain life and poo the rest. Nothing living can eat 1 lb of food and poo 2lbs. They eat poo , rotting food and dead plants. All of which are considered bad for the tank. Plants use their poo as food. I have at least 100 pond snails and 30 ramshorn and have had no ill effects from them. At times I have gone 3 weeks with no water change and nitrates never go over 5ppm. They perform a valuable function, but they have a bad reputation in some circles. They do a job in the wild and in the tank.
 
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