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4 years ago#1
Kim/Igor
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I am so worried, I love my fish and they were doing great at first I have had two male bettas for about 2 months, in the same small betta tank with the divider of course. I had a crowntail that i bought at walmart and he was the hardy guy. then i had a red/blue male from petsmart who was sick in the begining and i nursed him to health. Three days ago the crowntail died. Now my other fella is sick laying at the bottom of the tank, wont move or eat! I am scared for his life! what can I do so I dont lose my Igor!, thats his name Igor he was kind of scrappy and ugly when i got him and i felt sorry for him. PLEASE HELP QUICK!

I just did a 75% water change and cleaned all the gravel and tank.

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4 years ago#2
dkpate
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Yikes. If you cleaned everything in the tank, you probably got rid of all the good bacteria. How big is the tank? How often do you do water changes? Do you use dechlorinator? Is there a heater in the tank? Filter?

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4 years ago#3
Kim/Igor
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I clean it about every week and a half! its small its the small plastic tanks they sell at walmart or petco! It does not have a filter or a heater! and i usually use part distitilled water, and part tap. Thats what the guy at the pet store told me! As of this morning Igor is doing better he is active and he agressivley ate his food! what should i do from her to secure his saftey?

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4 years ago#4
johnarthur
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Thanks for visiting.

The aquarium really needs a filter of some sort or at the very least an air stone connected to a small pump. Bettas don't do well in turbulent water, so the air pump may need an extra valve to bleed off some of the pressure. Bettas don't eat very much, so don't give them any more than they eat in a couple of minutes. Uneaten food quickly turns into toxic ammonia.

Before buying anything, you may want to read about the nitrogen cycle. The search button at the top of the page will help get you started. Very few pet stores tell people about the nitrogen cycle, but you cannot keep a healthy aquarium without it.

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4 years ago#5
dkpate
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+1 for the nitrogen cycle.
Do you know how many gallons it is? In my smaller divided betta tank, I actually have 2 filters, both the internal Whisper filters rated for 1-5 gallons, and they work great, and don't have much flow. In a small tank, you should be doing paratial water changes (25-50%) twice a week. And I would just get a good dechlorinator and use tap water. Water from bottles lack the essential minerals needed.
I would also get a heater, (rated for 1G), bettas need a temp of 78-80*F, since they are tropical fish. And if at all possible in the future, I would think about a 2-5 gallon tank.
What do you feed him? Pellets? If so, get an old coffee cup or something, and fill it with tank water, get 3 pellets out and put them in the cup to soak for about 5 minutes. Then feed them to him. I feed my bettas 3 pellets, twice a day, and they get boiled, de-shelld peas on Thursday night, and a couple frozen bloodworms as a treat on Friday along with their pellets. Bettas stomachs are only as big as they eye, so they don't need much food, although they will pretend they are STARVING every time you go near the tank .

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4 years ago#6
fyregyrl
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75% water change seems a bit drastic...you may have removed too much of the "good"bacteria and you can shock the fish if you aren't careful. What size is the tank with the divider? Just because the pet shops keep them in those little teeny cute containers("betta bowls&quot doesn't necessarily mean that it is good for the fish. they need lots of room to flourish. Check for ammonia levels in your water, and fungus or parasites.

P.s. I know Walmart makes a killing selling these fish, but they ARE NOT a pet store and usually the fish are in HORRIBLE condition when you buy them at these chain stores. I personally hate to see Walmart's pet section...The fish are almost always sick and I have "rescued" several because I couldn't stand to see them in such deplorable states.

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4 years ago#7
fyregyrl
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I use aquarium salt in all of my betta tanks...it drastically cuts down on problems and illness, and you should probably have atleast 2 gallons of water PER FISH. I keep gallons of prepped(or bottled) water on hand for just these kinds of emergencies and you need to keep them close to your regular tank so the water will be the same temp if you have to do an emergency change...

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4 years ago#8
cichlidboy
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hii just add one ripened almond leaf and allow the water to get browny.or put a tea bag in to the tank till it get browny. Actually the tannins are very good for betta. It make them hardy and also very happy.
.i tried it few times and it work wonders.

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4 years ago#9
Idiot In Mask
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the water might be stagnate!

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3 years ago#10
vanahardy
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I think distilled water is very bad. Use tap water and water conditioner, just scoop out about half of his water and slowly add clean condition water back to his tank. He may be bloated if he is staying at the bottom make sure to keep his water on the low side till he gets better. Don't wash his rocks they have stuff I'm guessing bacteria that helps them. Fast him for a day and feed him a small piece if a frozen pea that is boild skinned and cooled. I'm sure that will help, if you don't have a heater put him somewhere warm maybe next to a sunny window or above the fridge its kinda warm up there. You can get a thermometer from pet store for a couple bucks..make sue when he gets well don't over feed, feed super small amounts every other day

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3 years ago#11
Grateful
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I had my 2 yr old Betta doing the same thing. Very lethargic, never moved off the bottom as if his stomach so heavy. I learned on another site he was probably overfed or constipated. Remedy: do not feed for a couple of days, then peel a cooked pea and feed it to him. Be mindful how small their stomachs are. I followed this and fed him peas for 4 feedings (two /day) and tonight he's bright and happy and swimming up and around again. Much different than he was. Also, keep in warmer area not near cold window etc. (I rarely change the water and use reverse osmosis water) Good luck!
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2 years ago#12
cookk
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i feel bad for the betta some people put in those little bowls. its not right for the fish. i have atleast three gallons for each betta i have. my tanks have a filter a hideout and atleast four plants. my resent betta is a veiltale and has a halfmoon tank. i save him from a pet store that didnt take good care of there bettas. he was the last surviver in a cup. the cup was about the size of a soft ball and i felt so bad for him. he green, blue, and red. hes beutiful!

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2 years ago#13
bettababes
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You need a proper tank with a filter and heater. All fish need a filter and since bettas are tropical they will need a heater. Something is definitely wrong with your water quality. Do you have a test kit? He may also be constipated and have swim bladder. If this is the case, try feeding him a thawed and de-skinned pea. When I was new to bettas I overfed my crowntail and the pea worked like a charm.

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2 years ago#14
Elblingo
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As everyones been saying, they really need atleast 10 gallons once they hit ful maturity. And they need the special Betta Basics soloution by Seachem to remove harmful chemicals in tapped water like chlorine,ammonia and flouride.
I have kept Bettas for 2+ years in a large tank, no filter and weekly water changes, but for best results, do get a filter. If you decide to get a fiter buy one with minimal turbulence/flow, as it will blow your fish around, exauhst him and tear his fins.
Good luck.

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2 years ago#15
Blonde /blue
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Had our betta for 2 years. 5 gal filtered heated tank lives alone .. Sitting on bottom of tank and pale. Only comes up for air..I drained half tank so she would not have to work so hard for air...filled with a little walmart water that we have always used... strips say water good...nothing like stress..no obvious betta illnesses ...added a little salt. No appetite ...help. We love this little fish

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2 years ago#16
Bev
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Try putting on a heating Lamp under the tank, it worked for me. My betta wasnt doing any thing until the heating lamp, were getting a bigger tank though.

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2 years ago#17
Blondie/blue
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Thanks for the reply. Wish had been sooner I had a heater in tank. My thought was age. ? Blondie blue Did not survive. We took her to the mangroves of Florida and had a
Memorial.
Xoxo

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1 year ago#18
greenfish
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wallmart sells horribly sick fish! you shuldent buy fish from wallmart if your not prepared! i suggust you feed it a mushed up inside of a pea. and take off the skin.
it will help.

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1 year ago#19
Stanley
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Thanks you helped save Stanley our beta fish. He too had been lying lethargic on the bottom of the tank for a few days. We didn't realize he was too cold now that it is October, we changed his water as usual then put him on a chair in front of our fire place. Within the first hour his tail started spreading open again, he started moving slightly, and swam to the top and now seems to be doing well again.

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1 year ago#20
bea
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tell me more about the tea bag trick....My male beta...Batman...is in a 2 gallon tank..and used to swim sideways till someone told me he had a bladder infection and to put a pea in there...he ate it and it worked...now he is almost 3 years old and laying on the rocks at the bottom but i dont want o flush him cause every time i check...he blows little bubbles to let me know he still there... now what?

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10 months ago#21
Diane
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First of all the people at Walmart should have told you that all you need to buy is dechlorinator Aqua Safe is good. Clean your tank and fill it up with tap water then follow the directions on the bottle one tsp for every ten gallons or about 12-15 drops for a beta bowl or container

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10 months ago#22
bea
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thank you!!!

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5 months ago#23
justinla
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I just put my betta in a 5 gallon tank and out of the vase (which I now know is no good). I have a small filter and a air stone strip in the back of the tank. Is this not a good idea since you said they don't do well in turbulent water? will that filter make enough oxygen for him? Thanks for all your knowledge.

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5 months ago#24
Blondie blue
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Air pump. That is turbulent. Makes for
stressed fish.. hard for them to
Swim.
Think. Calm water. Calm conditions.

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5 months ago#25
Fins2MyHeart
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Plz don't post on old posts but I'll quickly ell u out

The betta should be fine unless there is to mutch current (They like still water) Anyways I personally don't use air pumps (There not mandatory but it's still really good cause it helps with gas exchange!!

Next time tap or click that Ask a question button

You will get slot more answers that way

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2 months ago#26
CALYO
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Can't afford 10 gallon tank. That's way way way too much water for 1 fish.

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2 months ago#27
Blondie blue
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How do you know what is an old post? Clearly we are upset about our fish at that time! Whenever that might be??? Old or new???

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2 months ago#28
Vickysauer
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I agree about old post, getting a conversation going. When I look up things for me. I think they are just yesterday and you look it is like 4 years ago.

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2 months ago#29
Blondie blue
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Thanks for understanding! Even though not yesterday still sad for the loss of our fish!

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1 month ago#30
ZOZO-IS-DIEING
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My fish is doing the same thing, and my friend's fish did the same thing, then died 2 days later. My fish has been doing this for like 2ish weeks and only moves if I poke it. I think it has fish vertigo or something. Why is this happening? I NEED HELP! IF YOU REPLY YOU COULD BE SAVING A LIFE!!!! SAVE THE FISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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