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Old 06-15-2008, 01:18 PM   #11
 
betta with bulge in its side

Here are the answers to the questions:
1. I have a 1 gal. triangular-shaped tank bought at Petco that comes with an air stone and tube, light andno actual filter.

2. I use tap water that I dechlorinate with Wardley Watercare Chlor Out
and also a few drops of Stress Coat.

3. This has been the setup ever since we've had this fish, 2 years. I have natural aquarium rocks, approx. bean sized.

4. He is a single occupant, he ate 2 ghost shrimp and a cloud fish 2 years ago.

5. He has a plastic plant, the real one turned to mush. The plastic one has been in the tank for a year.

6. The temperature is room temp. When I change it I make sure, by touch, that it's not too warm and not too cold.

7. No filter, just the air stone that came with the tank.

8. What is a CO2 unit? I guess since I don't know the answer would be no.

9. It receives natural sunlight light all day long, indirectly. It's not sitting directly in the sun.

10. The last water change was done a 1 1/2 weeks ago.

11. I change the water approx. once a month. The tank doesn't really get dirty. I noticed that the plant leaves have gunk on them after just cleaning them, which is odd, so I know somethings up.

12. I feed my fish once a day in the evening, either Betta Bits or Blood worms, the blood worms not that often. This has been the only food I've ever used for my fish.

13. The lighting is the light the came with the tank and I don't really keep it on because he starts to get all aggressive because he sees his reflection and starts to attack the glass.

14. My concern is the bulge on his side. Lengthwise it goes from his side fin to almost his top fin and widthwise it goes from the bottom of him to just over his mid section, so just more than half his width. It developed a few weeks ago, out of nowhere. When I turned on the light right now and he was at the top I can see the light in it, like it's an air bubble so it's not a solid growth. It doesn't prevent him from going to the bottom and staying down there. But his demeanor is a bit stressed.

15. I don't test my water parameters, am I supposed to with this type of setup?

16. N/A

17. He's 2 years old and like all the other bettas he kind of just sat there due to the cramped confines of his cup but he did move around when we picked his cup up to get a good look at him.

Please help! I'm afraid if this bulge gets any bigger it's going to pop and that wouldn't be good.
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Old 06-15-2008, 03:41 PM   #12
 
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Betta baby i think you should add money too your list of requirements
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Old 06-15-2008, 06:38 PM   #13
 
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Re: betta with bulge in its side

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Originally Posted by Irene
Here are the answers to the questions:
1. I have a 1 gal. triangular-shaped tank bought at Petco that comes with an air stone and tube, light andno actual filter.

2. I use tap water that I dechlorinate with Wardley Watercare Chlor Out
and also a few drops of Stress Coat.

3. This has been the setup ever since we've had this fish, 2 years. I have natural aquarium rocks, approx. bean sized.

4. He is a single occupant, he ate 2 ghost shrimp and a cloud fish 2 years ago.

5. He has a plastic plant, the real one turned to mush. The plastic one has been in the tank for a year.

6. The temperature is room temp. When I change it I make sure, by touch, that it's not too warm and not too cold.

7. No filter, just the air stone that came with the tank.

8. What is a CO2 unit? I guess since I don't know the answer would be no.

9. It receives natural sunlight light all day long, indirectly. It's not sitting directly in the sun.

10. The last water change was done a 1 1/2 weeks ago.

11. I change the water approx. once a month. The tank doesn't really get dirty. I noticed that the plant leaves have gunk on them after just cleaning them, which is odd, so I know somethings up.

12. I feed my fish once a day in the evening, either Betta Bits or Blood worms, the blood worms not that often. This has been the only food I've ever used for my fish.

13. The lighting is the light the came with the tank and I don't really keep it on because he starts to get all aggressive because he sees his reflection and starts to attack the glass.

14. My concern is the bulge on his side. Lengthwise it goes from his side fin to almost his top fin and widthwise it goes from the bottom of him to just over his mid section, so just more than half his width. It developed a few weeks ago, out of nowhere. When I turned on the light right now and he was at the top I can see the light in it, like it's an air bubble so it's not a solid growth. It doesn't prevent him from going to the bottom and staying down there. But his demeanor is a bit stressed.

15. I don't test my water parameters, am I supposed to with this type of setup?

16. N/A

17. He's 2 years old and like all the other bettas he kind of just sat there due to the cramped confines of his cup but he did move around when we picked his cup up to get a good look at him.

Please help! I'm afraid if this bulge gets any bigger it's going to pop and that wouldn't be good.
Ooops, they meant you should take the "questionnaire" and copy/paste it to the post you already had and give the answers there.
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Old 06-15-2008, 07:21 PM   #14
 
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Betta baby i think you should add money too your list of requirements
What do you mean, Beweeb? Amount of cash just varies depending on the steps taken in treating the fish.
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Old 06-15-2008, 09:38 PM   #15
 
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it takes pretty much money to start an aquarium
fish keeping is kind of expensive especially if you have mts
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Old 04-15-2009, 11:54 PM   #16
 
Any suggestions needed for Betta lying down.

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Hi fellow members,

When you create a new topic we will need to ask a number of questions about your situation so we can best determine how to help you. To speed up the process, we ask that you have the following information available at the time of your first post:

1. Size of aquarium (# of gallons) 1 gal hospital. Prev 10 gal.
2. Is your aquarium setup freshwater or brackish water? Fresh
3. How long the aquarium has been set up? Hospital, 1 wk. Prev 6 mo.
4. What fish and how many are in the aquarium (species are important to know) 1. Prev 4 tetras and 3 guppies.
5. Are there live plants in the aquarium? No
6. What temperature is the tank water currently? 80 F.
7. What make/model filter are you using? None
8. Are you using a CO2 unit? No
9. Does your aquarium receive natural sunlight at any given part of the day? No
10. When did you perform your last water exchange, and how much water was changed? Daily 100% in hospital
11. How often do you perform water changes? Daily
12. How often and what foods do you feed your fish? Currently Fasting. Beta flakes
13. What type of lighting are you using and how long is it kept on? 7 watt light. 24/7
14. What specific concerns bring you here at this time? Betta has been lying on his side with his head propped up for 2 weeks.
15. What are your water parameters? Test your pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. PH 7.8, ammonia 0, nitrate .5
16. What test kit are you using and is it liquid or test strips? Jungle strips.
17. When was the last time you bought a fish and how did they behave while in the pet store tank? One month. Fine and frisky.

Thanks and good luck!:)
Mojo is in a 1 gal "hospital" with only a glass blob to prop his head on. On the advice of another forum, the tank is completely bare so I could see if he pooped. I haven't seen any, so a 3 day fast, ending with a pea was suggested. We are on the first day of that fast. The water is treated with Betta water conditioner and 1 drop per 2 gal of water Quick Cure. He's been hanging on, mostly resting. Doesn't seem to have labored breathing and gets to the top for air pretty easily. I first treated him with CopperSafe for 2 days, but I was told it's not truly safe and so I started the Quick Cure. He has been Quick Cure for 4 days.
Tonight, I posted a picture on that site and got the message that this was "not good" and I might need to consider euthanasia. I found this site and am posting for a second opinion because I care for this fish and, though I don't want to be selfish and keep him alive if he's suffering and should pass on, I don't want to be hasty if he has a chance.
We thought he had velvet, so the Quick Cure was used. I'm not seeing the gold on the sides of his head, behind his gills, that I was seeing. However, he seems to be less active, now.
We can't discern any bloating, no raised scales. His eyes are very cloudy.
He seemed quite happy in his previous tank for the last 4 months, since I brought him home. Then, a couple of weeks ago, he became steadily less active, so we bought the hospital and moved him in.
If I could figure out how to post a picture here, I would do so. Even if the sight of him makes my second opinion the same as the first.

thanks,
janilee
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Old 06-07-2009, 06:10 AM   #17
 
red gelitanous blob

My brother and sister in law have a 55 gal freshwater tank with two african chiclids two african clawed frogs and an oscar. Tonight my sister in law Kelly found a red blob of gelatanous material hooked on a plastic plant in the tank. It looked like it may have something in the middle of it sort of like a blod clot. Is this an egg sac or some sort of parasite or what? Does anyone know?
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Old 12-06-2009, 12:56 AM   #18
 
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thanks for that input...it helps newbies like me to know what info applies when we post.
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