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nicklovgren 01-14-2007 06:03 PM

my friends beta is really pale
She changed tanks and food. She cleans the tanks every week. I just feel bad for the poor guy and wish I could help. She did just change tanks last night. She had some lil office cubical tank in there but then she went to a normal glass tank. any suggestions?

Lupin 01-14-2007 06:12 PM


What is the size of her tank? How much water does she change? I hope she did not mean to strip down the whole tank over and over again as the bacteria will fail to break down the ammonia and stressing her betta repeatedly. Pls try to provide more info for us to understand the whole situation.:)

nicklovgren 01-14-2007 07:23 PM

well she changes all the water every week. I take it that is wrong. I will tell her that. She owns like 4 of them, and they all have 2 gallon tanks. I really don't know much about this so it's hard to give detail, now I know how other people feel when they come into a computer forum and I have to help them.

Lupin 01-14-2007 08:58 PM

That's the same as stripping down the tank unfortunately.:shake: Tell her to do a 10-20% water change instead and dose with dechlorinator the new water before adding it to the tank. Monitor the ammonia and nitrites and make sure they are zero. As for nitrates, don't allow it to exceed beyond 40 but don't accept the reading of zero either as this means the tank did not cycle at all. Her tanks I assume will be in cycling phase and at this rate, any detectable ammonia and nitrites will endanger the bettas' lives.

Kathryn 01-19-2007 08:23 AM

Also, I know you probably can't do anything about it, but Bettas prefer tanks larger than 5 Gallons. Although they can live in small tanks, the more space, the better. :)
Shr can buy test kits at her local fish shop, for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate, as Blue said. Even minimal traces of ammonia or nitrite is poisonous. :)

sazzy 01-20-2007 05:48 AM

Is it heated? or in a warm room? he will loose colour and seem lathargic if he is too cold.

Melissa 01-20-2007 11:08 AM

If they arent moving alot that means the water temp is to low. I have mine in a tank with a light. And it keeps the water just warm enough for it.

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