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My daughter's fish is sick...help!
Old 01-01-2008, 11:56 AM   #1
 
My daughter's fish is sick...help!

My husband bought our 3 year old daughter a betta fish about 6 months ago. It did fine until this last month. It stopped eating and just lays on it's side at the bottom of the tank. I thought it was dead a few times, but when I moved the filter in the tank it shot up to the top and settled back down on the bottom. We have a 1.5 gallon tank and we try to change it once a month (it has a filter) or when it gets cloudy. I checked the temp of the water and it was 72 degrees. We also put in water conditioner. We leave the light on over the tank all the time. Is this bad too? Does anyone know what is wrong?
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Old 01-01-2008, 12:02 PM   #2
 
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My husband bought our 3 year old daughter a betta fish about 6 months ago. It did fine until this last month. It stopped eating and just lays on it's side at the bottom of the tank. I thought it was dead a few times, but when I moved the filter in the tank it shot up to the top and settled back down on the bottom. We have a 1.5 gallon tank and we try to change it once a month (it has a filter) or when it gets cloudy. I checked the temp of the water and it was 72 degrees. We also put in water conditioner. We leave the light on over the tank all the time. Is this bad too? Does anyone know what is wrong?
72 degrees is a little cold for a betta. They like temps at at least 76.

Does he have any noticeable "defections" anywhere? Spots? Fin Rot? Etc.

Do a 1/4 to 1/4 water change with warm dechlroinated water, and see if that will do anything.
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Old 01-01-2008, 05:20 PM   #3
 
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Once a month water changes in a small tank like that is not enough. If the guy was living in 10 gallons you could get away with it but in 1 1/2 gallons, he needs at least weekly water changes. If you are not using a filter on his little tank, you will need to change water even more often.
Some suggestions:
As has been said, his water should be at least 76F and would be best at about 80F.
When you feed him, make sure its only what he will eat right away. If there is any food left, siphon it off the bottom and give only him half as much the next time. You will soon get a feel for how much he will eat but don't be surprised if it is not much at all.
The light should only need to be on for lighting when you want to watch him or when he is being fed. If you are growing aquarium plants in his tank, the plants will determine the lighting needs. If it is the thing keeping him warm, then the temperature matters more than the light. A small heater would allow you to control the temperature better and would end up costing less to power than the light.
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