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What's wrong with her?
Old 06-30-2008, 04:52 AM   #11
 
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OK, with the complete water change you're likely to set off another cycle so it's important you monitor the parameters in the tank. With her being the only one in there I'm not really sure how much of a cycle you'll get but still...it would have been better if you'd done a partial water change. Don't feed her for now, it's possible this is a swim bladder problem and food will at the very least press up against it and make it worse. Were you feeding her betta pellets or was she eating the same thing as the other fish?
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Old 07-01-2008, 11:26 PM   #12
 
She was eating flakes that are specially formulated for Bettas.
The complete water change was necessary as there was nasty bacteria in the rocks that would spread to the sides of the tank.
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Old 07-02-2008, 01:31 PM   #13
 
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Complete water changes are never needed and will do more harm then good. The gunk growing on your rocks was probably nothing to worry about. But the beneficial bacteria lost in the tank cleaning is a concern. Watch your water parameters very closely over the next couple of weeks and don't be surprised if you get a mini cycle.

It sounds like your fish could have a swim bladder problem, You said she looks bloated? What does her poo look like?

When I clean my ten gallon, I just do 10 - 15% water change twice every week. You should try that, or like 20-25% once a week. It never fails and keeps your tank in good balance.
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Old 07-02-2008, 03:06 PM   #14
 
I've actually never seen my Betta's poo.
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Old 07-02-2008, 03:18 PM   #15
 
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How long have you had this betta for? Is it possible to get a picture?

You've never actually posted your water parameters? Do you have a water testing kit? If not, nows the time to get one. I recommend API liquid water tester, with ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, and pH.

Please post your water parameters asap.

And watch out for your betta passing any poo. Like when you vacuum the gravel do you not see bits of waste getting sucked out?

If her poo looks like her food, thats good. If its white and stringy we have problems.
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Old 07-02-2008, 11:15 PM   #16
 
I agree, 100% water changes are never necessary they always cause harm. If you ever get algae or bacteria growth again, take out the decorations and scrub them good in hot water and scrub the sides of the tank, but don't change all the water.

Since you did the 100% water change you need to test the parameters ASAP like has already been suggested. Once we know those we can help you more.
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Old 07-03-2008, 06:17 PM   #17
 
I don't own a test kit or a gravel vacuum. I'm only in high school with a part time job so acquiring these things isn't very easy. I can't drive either.

I did a 100% water change because I don't have a vacuum.

I've had this Betta for about 7 to 8 months. I have older pictures yet I don't think they would help.

I'll get a test kit as soon as I can. When that will be I cannot tell.
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Old 07-03-2008, 08:35 PM   #18
 
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Well I'm only in high school and completely jobless, I do alright. Lol nor do I drive.

But thats alright, I understand now isn't the best time but you should really use some of your money for your fish, Like a gravel vacuum won't cost more then 15 bucks. And the water tester... I don't even know, mine was kinda pricey. It depends on your location. But we can't really help you until you can give us more information, we don't really have much to go on, sorry.
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Old 07-03-2008, 09:43 PM   #19
 
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If you can get to the pet store, most will test your water for free. Just make sure they give you the exact numbers and don't just say "it's fine".
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Old 07-04-2008, 04:36 PM   #20
 
I've looked at test kits at Wal-mart and they're around $15 but they're test strips not liquid...which are better?
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