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Betta

I have my Betta for about 1 month. He has slowly been fading to a white color and becoming less and less active. He has white marks unders his eyes that look like cataracks. Should I be concerned about this? My tank is a 3 gallon heated tank and is cleaned regularly. He is fed betta flakes and pellets.
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
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Desvin
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That's a interesting question. About the "cataracts", my betta has the same... I was worried at first, but I almost think its normal. It doesn't seem to bother mine, but it could be different for yours. What do his eyes look like? Is the white speck cloudy or defined? For mine its defined and reflective. Could be an ulcer?! If its cloudy it could be eye flukes in which case you need antibiotics. What color is he? Is his belly bloated? Does he seem constipated? Does he still come up for air and food?
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
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Penelope
USA
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Of course it is next to impossible to tell a specific problem and even more difficult if you can not see the fish. It could be a disease or water quality in a new tank. The best thing to do is a 25% water change, wait a day or two and then do another 25% water change. The water changes will help reduce any problems with water quality and help the fish combat parasites plus reduce any harmful bacteria. After the second water change you could check the symptoms again and look for the proper medication at a pet store.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
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My betta keeps falling to the bottom of the tank??He stays there until I nudge the tank?He acts like he needs help to get going again.HELP ME!!

How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
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candydoll
charlotte
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How long have you had him? It sounds like it could be a swim bladder disorder.... if this is the case them I'm afraid their isn't anything you can do for him. It might be kinder, if he's having so much trouble, to euthanaize him. But lets not rush to that, I just want to let you know that it is a possibility. Is he getting up to get food? Can he get up and take a breath? Like is he taking a breath and sinking back down or is he not moving at all? Is he on his side? What temp do you keep the water at? Have you made any sudden changes, esp in the temp?
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
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Penelope
USA
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Of course it is next to impossible to tell a specific problem and even more difficult if you can not see the fish. It could be a disease or water quality in a new tank. The best thing to do is a 25% water change, wait a day or two and then do another 25% water change. The water changes will help reduce any problems with water quality and help the fish combat parasites plus reduce any harmful bacteria. After the second water change you could check the symptoms again and look for the proper medication at a pet store.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
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could someone help me?

My corydora keeps rubbing on the glass and looks very streesd how can i stop it? and what do corydoras eat? i feed them wafers but it dosent eat it.......
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: 11 to 20 gallons
asked 2 years, 4 months ago
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kyubeen
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Hello!

I have a corry too and and I feed him flake food (I sprinkle some near the filter to push it down).
I did have a group of corries and he is the only one left and mine is acting simmilar because corries are a social fish and enjoy groups of there own kind, my guess is that we both need more corries.
How long have you owned an aquarium? 6-12 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
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If the catfish is rubbing, most likely it has a parasite that is bothering it and you need to treat the tank. First, do a thorough vacuuming, and change 25% of the water, replacing it with new, conditioned water. Then treat the tank with a product such as Parasite Guard or Lifeguard to kill off the parasites. Be sure to follow dosing instructions carefully.

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answered 2 years, 4 months ago
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betta fin torn

are there any remedies for healing a torn betta fin? my male betta tore his top fin but the rest still look great. Ive only had him a month so far so hes not very old yet.
Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks! :D
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 2 years, 4 months ago
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Hello!
If your betta fin is torn there is a couple of reasons it may be torn.
One possiblity is that your fish has an early stage of fin rot, this is treatable with medication.
The other possibility is that the current in your tank is to high, to solve this you can turn down your bubbler or if your filter has the opption turn down the flow rate.

Hope this helped!
How long have you owned an aquarium? 6-12 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
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Bettas can grow their fins back you just might want to put it in a separate tank till it heals. Do partial water changes every other day and ( just in case ) use an antibacterial medicine called Myxazin by Waterlife. He might have some scarring when healed and if it happens again you might want to keep a close eye on the fishes because they might be fighting or nipping a lot at his fins.Hope this helps? From, Brenda246810
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Larger than 50 gallons
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
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California
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Whats wrong with my red eye tetra?

Hi, i have a 1 gallon fish tank with 4 red eye tetras in it, and 1 red gold tuxedo. Recently i have been noticing the one of my tetras belly's is increasingly getting bigger as the days go on. sometimes he swims straight up and down too.. maybe cause there is something wrong with his stomach i don' know HELP! i'm not very experienced with fish when it comes to breeding too.. -_-
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 2 years, 4 months ago
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1.your fish tank is way TOO small for all those fish to live happily, i recommend a 5 gallon tank or bigger
2. The Tetra is probably going to have babies, so when you get the bigger tank put her in your one gallon, and when she lays the eggs take her out or she will more than likely eat them

Good Luck!!
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: 21 to 50 gallons
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
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emily
boise
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It could be egg bound, if it is a female, but most likely it is ill. Possible problems include internal parasites (doubtful because the fish usually looks very thin), and a tumor or growth of some sort. The latter is most likely. You can try treating with Parasite Guard, but if it does not improve, it may need to be humanely destroyed.

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answered 2 years, 4 months ago
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Tropical Flakes food OK for Goldfish?

I have a pond that has goldfish and koi fish. Is it OK to feed them TetraMin Tropical flakes fish food? If not your recomendation.
How long have you owned an aquarium? 1-3 years
Type of tank: Goldfish
Size of tank: Larger than 50 gallons
asked 2 years, 4 months ago
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senorprez
san antonio tx
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Goldfish will eat almost anything, but that doesn't mean you should feed them everything.
I don't own a pond but I do know that sinking and floating pellets for goldfish and koi will work very well.
How long have you owned an aquarium? 6-12 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
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pike
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They should be fed only TetraFin goldfish flakes but, if you are just using tropical flakes until you buy the goldfish food, then that's ok.
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: 11 to 20 gallons
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
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emily
boise
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My fish is taking a turn for the worse, can someone tell us what's wrong?

my goldfish Joey got very sick a few weeks ago and we tried everything we could think of to help him. We already feed him peas do regular water changes have him in the right tank 10 gallons. We had the water tested, tried parasite guard, nothing worked. We finally tried tetra lifeguard and he seemed much better by the 3rd day of treatment. He was showing external signs of septicemia so we that was what he must have had. He had been only showing behavioral symptoms, clamped fins, seizures, so we originally had a hard time diagnosing him. We did the tetra treatment for 5 days and then put the carbon filter back in and did the 25 percent change. I thought we should have kept him on lifeguard longer because he still was showing the red vein look of septicemia. Over the next week the red faded on his fin but not his tail. Then yesterday he seemed a little in a funk. This morning we gotbup and he's pail, wobbling around in his tank, clamped fins and he keeps stretching his mouth incessantly, almost to the point where his whole body is convulsing. I know thats a sign if ammonua poisoning, but we had the water tested and it's fine. Then he just floats with fins clamped. He is also not eating, which is the only thing that cheered him up the last time he was sick. his left eye also looks swollen. He is a mess and we started him on lifeguard again, but he looks so sick we are worried it won't help as much. Can we keep him on lifeguard longer than 5 days this time? Can I also give him stress coat? Why is he pale and not eating and stretching his mouth? These are symptoms he did not show last time. He is a common goldfish but he's a tough little guy! We only have him in the tank. If someone can help us figure this out and how to treat him and save his life we'd really appreciate it!
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Goldfish
Size of tank: 11 to 20 gallons
asked 2 years ago
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Thanks Brex,
I'm not sure if this is the way you'll see this but I figured I would try to respond to you by "answering my own question" as well. He got a lot worse after I asked this first question so we took him off lifeguard, waited a day then started Maracyn two. He hated it and was getting worse. As soon as I put the maracyn in the tank he would clamp his fins lay at the bottom and not move.
We started noticing that he was only using one gill and when he did the yawning thing he would thrash like he was in a lot of pain. I looked very closely and noticed that he had threadlike white puffs on his body. He also wasn't eating and when he tried to eat he couldn't swallow it. He acted like he was starving, he'd go after every ounce of food but couldn't ingest anything. I kept trying to look into his throat but couldn't see anything. We deduced that maybe he had a parasite like flukes or something. So we took him off the maracyn, waited as prescribed, then tried the Tetra parasite tablets. After 2 days the water turned very cloudy so we ended up having to do an entire water change because the water was dirty underneath the rocks and the medication made the water cloudy. We made everything match perfectly and treated it before we put him in. While we were changing the water he would thrash and swim erractically then lay down and not move. He managed to eat a few pieces of pea though and only spit out a few of those pieces. As this was 2 days after the first parasite tablet, we dissolved another tablet, then poured it into his new water before putting him in. At first he seemed kind of happy about the water change, but not for long. He went into his corner behind his tree, has not been eating and has been laying at the bottom opening his mouth only slightly and quickly ever since. It's been an entire day now that he hasn't moved. Every once in a while he comes to the surface again and makes some bubbles then lays back down. He tried to eat this morning but we think he spit it out.
I'm at a complete and total loss. I don't want to overdose him on medication, but I can't figure out what is wrong. First it seemed like septicemia, now maybe ick or fluke?? He uses both his gills, then he doesn't use them, then he thrashes, then he lays down and doesn't move. He eats and then doesnt eat. He has white threads coming off of him. He gets pale and then gets his color back. His tail is losing color, but the tips are red and the very tips are black and fraying. The PH level is 7.2. no ammonia in the water either. Everything tests perfect, but he's dying. :(
answered 2 years ago
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Make sure Joey has a pH of 7.2 or higher as goldfish do not like acidic water. Add 2 tablespoons of aquarium salt to help with stress, nitrites, and overall health. It can really make it easier for the fish to function, if salt is in the water.

In regards to the Lifeguard, treat for 5 days, then on the 6th day, do a partial water change, and put in fresh carbon. On day 7, take out the carbon and start another 5 days of treatment. In other words, give him a break for 24 hours before starting again. Septicemia is really difficult to eradicate. If Lifeguard does not completely clear it in two treatments, then you may need something much stronger.

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answered 2 years ago
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adding fish

Happy New Year. The good news is my Yellow cichlid is doing well and is almost 5" long now. the bad news is he's the last survivor of 7 that i purchased 3 years ago. now that I only have 1 fish, i want to add more. what options do i have?
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: 21 to 50 gallons
asked 1 year, 11 months ago
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NJ
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buy 5 to 8 more of the same species diffrent colors if u want
if u can find an albino buy it they are extreamly rare
i have an albino cichlid from walmart and it is worth more than what i got it for
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Marine
Size of tank: Larger than 50 gallons
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
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albinocichlid
colorado springs
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None. Not to be mean, but he will be way too aggressive and kill anything you put in with him now, especially as big as he is. It would need to be larger and meaner than him and that is not a guarantee.

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answered 1 year, 11 months ago
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Is my Dalmation Molly Sick

We just got an aquarium last week. We used Quick Start and Stress Zyme as we were told that they are good for immediately starting the aquarium. We have one swordtail and one dalmation molly in there. We were noticing that the molly has been less active and also was not interested in eating, but will eat when we let it stay. We use the tetra flakes. I checked the pH once and since it was acidic, I added the pH adjuster. This morning I saw the dalmation molly stuck under the water pump and won't move if we tapped on the wall etc. Afraid that it may have got sucked there due to the pump, I turned it off and lifted it slightly. It then either got freed or may be it was not stuck at all and just moved away. Then it rested against the aquarium wall vertically and is not moving since. What is wrong? What should I treat it with?
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 1 year, 11 months ago
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Patel
Salem, OR
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it is too late man it is dead
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Marine
Size of tank: Larger than 50 gallons
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
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albinocichlid
colorado springs
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In case someone has the same symptoms, the fish died. I took it back to petco, and the rep this time I talked to told me that the mollies are not usually very happy and adaptive in new aquariums especially fresh water as they prefer salt water aquariums. They are very sensitive to pH and nitrates and therefore in new aquariums where the pH is still very low and nitrates are high too, it may be better to get it cycle for 2-3 weeks and when it has a good pH - add the molly. I will get the new fish in a couple of weeks. I was surprised that the swordtail was doing good though. Anyhow, as a precaution I have added aquarium salts in there for prevention from parasites etc. so I don't loose the second one too.
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
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Salem, OR
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when or how would you know when its time to feed your fish

i have two guppies in the tetra 1.8 gallon globe water fall aquarium. when or how would i know when is the best time to feed them? 2) what other fish can i put in this tank with the guppies, that would get along with the guppies? 3)what is the maximum number of fish should i have in this tank? 4)because of the waterfall effect sometimes(most) the feed would sink to the bottom before the guppies can get to it ,would the guppies eat the food from the bottom of the tank?
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 1 year, 11 months ago
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west indies
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first of all u should only have 1 fish in that small of a tank
second guppies are brackish
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Marine
Size of tank: Larger than 50 gallons
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
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albinocichlid
colorado springs
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Feed once a day at a time that is regularly convenient for you. The 2 guppies are all the tank can hold. If food is getting pushed to the bottom before they can eat it, cut back on the amount. It should be one flake per fish, once a day.

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answered 1 year, 11 months ago
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what fish could this be

I have 4 silver dollers that are four years old, and about 6 weeks ago i added 4 rainbowes but only for a week, because i did not like the way it botherd my silver dollars. Now just yesterday i saw 3 fry in my tank with my silver dollars could these be rainbow or silver dollar fry,and in any case would not there be more than three?
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: 11 to 20 gallons
asked 1 year, 11 months ago
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central Wisconsin
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THANK YOU!! Alot BREX that it sort of the answer I cam up with, but i though my Silver dollars where vegetarians, I'm thinking the filter got the rest, they are rainbows.
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: 11 to 20 gallons
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
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We suspect they are rainbows, but they could be either as they are both egg layers, and while they lay lots of eggs, whatever they are, they are susceptible to being eaten, once born. Neither species makes a good parent. So the 3 that are there, are just lucky they did not get eaten by the silver dollars, and were able to find enough infusoria and other microscopic food to survive.

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Goldfish turning colors

My sons goldfish has turned silver except for a few streaks on fins. Is this normal? He don't act sick or anything. Still has a healthy appitite. Have I done something wrong?
How long have you owned an aquarium? 6-12 months
Type of tank: Goldfish
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 1 year, 11 months ago
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Cats
K-town
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it is normal
it is going through "puberty"
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Marine
Size of tank: Larger than 50 gallons
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
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colorado springs
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No, probably not. Goldfish tend to change colors 2 or 3 times over their lifespan. Older goldfish will lose all of their pigment and turn snowy white due to a decrease in certain cells in their body, as they age. Younger goldfish, approximately 2 months to 2 years, simply change colors. Why I'm not sure. They start out coppery brown, and then may turn black and orange, and later on, another color even. It is one of their traits that tends to make them quite interesting. :-)

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White spots on my fish HELP

I have a five gallon fish tank. I woke up one morning and all my fish (4 to be exact) had white spots!! What do I do!?!?!?!! Please help me!!
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 1 year, 11 months ago
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Coconut Creek, FL
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have u ever heard about VELVET or ICH
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Marine
Size of tank: Larger than 50 gallons
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
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colorado springs
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If the spots are basically on the fins and tail, with maybe a sprinkling of them on the body, and they are far apart from each other, they have ich. If they are everywhere and close together, almost giving the fish a "velvety" appearance, they have velvet. The two look a lot alike. In any case, do a partial water change, add 1 tablespoon of aquarium salt and treat with Tetra Lifeguard. The spots should begin improving in 24-48 hours. If they do not, then your fish have velvet and you will need a copper based product such as Coppersafe.

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Why are my bettas contracting bloat?

I have a 5 gal tank that has been running for 5 years. There are 4 rasboras and one male betta as normal residents of this tank. The Rasboras seem eternally fine, but the male beta (who was 3 yo) developed bloat. I thoroughly cleaned the tank, moved the betta to a hospital tank, (where he lasted an additional 5 months, but even with treatment, passed) and the Rasboras are still fine. I put a different male beta (who was already a 4 year resident of our home) into the tank in his place. Within a month, he too developed bloat. Again the Rasboras are fine. Am I missing something? I have used Melafix, I have treated for fungus, the water tests fine in all areas. Any clues? I have several tanks, larger and smaller, and have never experienced this kind of problem before.
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 1 year, 11 months ago
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Colorado
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it has a disease called dropsey
it will die within1 to 2 weeks if it is not quarintiened and heavly medicated
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Marine
Size of tank: Larger than 50 gallons
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
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Bettas are a special species of fish, and are often not properly housed or cared for. You may have a diet or environmental issue that you are unaware of so here is what bettas need:

- 78-84 degrees temperature
- small, partial water changes weekly
- food once a day in the amount of 1 or 2 pieces of either a betta granule food (preferably) or betta flake food

If you are feeding a lot of bloodworms or do not clean the tank often, for example, this can lead to bloat. When cleaning the tank, vacuum the gravel and remove 25% of the water. If you see anything in this response that indicates you may need a change, make the necessary adjustment to the care or environment you are providing all of your bettas.

Bloat is an internal infection that is caused by improper diet and infrequent water changes for the most part. It can lead to dropsy and both diseases need a much stronger medication than Melafix.

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What's going on with my fish?

I have a gold fantail and a black moor I bought a little over a week ago. this evening when I cam home from work I found my black moor lying at the bottom in a corner of the tank. He was shaking and opening and closing his mouth. I thought maybe he was stuck so I picked him up a little with my net but he sank back down. Now he's just sitting there kind of on his side and opening and closing his mouth like he's laboring for breath. They are in a ten-gallon tank. It has a filter and I have used aqua safe.
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Goldfish
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 1 year, 9 months ago
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Ohio
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Hi,
It can be one of 3 things or maybe all, first it can be that he is lacking oxygen with in the tank if you have a oxygen provider try adding another oxygen provider, If that has no result don't remove it (more oxygen your fish the better). Try cutting on your medication that can cause stress on them ( stress can cause your fish to act that way) try purchasing a stress reducer treatment and add it to your tank, if you can add salt to your fish add it to reduce the stress as well (not just any salt, crystalized salt for fish). The last one and usually the common one your Amonia may be to High, treat you amonia, change your fish tanks water 25% for new water and try that for a while see how that works.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
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You either have an ammonia spike going on (quite possible with two goldfish in a brand new 10 gallon, always best to start with only 1 fish) or he could be ill. There are many fish diseases, and we are not veterinarians, so we cannot diagnose your fish, but labored breathing is typically water quality or parasites, in most cases. Do a partial water change, test the ammonia, add 2 tablespoons of aquarium salt to the tank (dissolved in the new water prior to pouring it in), use your water conditioner, and treat with Parasite Guard.

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I don't want to be a breeder. Can I have all male fish in my 10 gal tank?

I have a 5.5 gal tank with two male guppies in it. They pick on each other from time to time, but they have manged to get along for a year now. I'm going to upgrade to a 10 gallon tank and want to add more fish. I don't want to bother with breeding, I just want a tank with pretty fish in it. Can I get more male guppies without starting an all out turf war? I also thought of getting some danios, black mollys or tetras. I could mix it up a little with the breeds, but I want to keep it small. How many fish can I keep in my 10 gallon tank? Also, we have very hard water where I live. What breeds of fish do OK with hard water, and which ones don't? Thanks in advance for your response.
How long have you owned an aquarium? 1-3 years
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P.S. For the community tank, build slowly to about 7 fish maximum. Take a couple of months to build to this number or add Tetra Safe Start Plus to help the tank cycle faster.

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Well, you can try to keep all males, and see how it goes. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. We can't offer a guarantee on that, unfortunately. I will say that guppies are less aggressive than some other species.

Other species I would recommend for very hard water and colorful fish would be African cichlids. They will not get along with guppies though. But if you want colorful fish without a lot of babies, African cichlids are the way to go. They do breed, but they are an aggressive lot and you won't get dozens of babies, maybe a few that actually survive. And it depends on which of the Africans you were to keep, that would breed much anyway. You could keep 4 or 5 of the smaller varieties like red zebra, blue zebra, auratus, jewel cichlid, or Brichardi.

If you prefer to keep the guppies, I would recommend cherry barbs, white cloud minnows, corydoras catfish, and rummy nosed tetras. Glofish are great too. None of these like hard water though, all of the hard water ones I would recommend are going to be big breeders and are a bit more pugnacious than guppies. Instead, add Tetra Blackwater Extract to soften your water, and your fish will thank you.

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I have a 5 gallon rectangle fish tank. And i have 2 Platys and 3 Cardinal tetra fish. is that a good amount of fish for a 5 gallon tank? and can i get any algae cleaners like snails or something? or something better. I have a filter and a heater. but can i get something? or am i fine?
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
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My tetras seem so fine though. I put salt in to keep stress levels down, and the tetras love it. Maybe they don't and I'm not seeing it. But I do salt monthly. And I had this tank for about a month and 4 weeks and my fish are doing so good.
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
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That would definitely be all we would recommend for the tank. You are going to have some issues though, in that the two species of fish like totally different types of water. Cardinals are literally about the hardest fish anyone can try to keep, and they like a pH around 5.0. Platys are much easier, but they like a pH between 7.2 and 8.0 and do best with some salt in the water, which the cardinals would hate.

For algae, we would recommend a small mystery snail only.

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Telescope eyed goldfish troubles

Is my telescope eyed goldfish sick it has been just sitting at the bottem of the tank is there a problem or just lazy ness it moves around when I feed it or walk by the tank
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
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Hi JNTHNWYN again I think i just needed to clean the tank he is just fine now
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It should definitely move about the tank at times other than feeding times. Make sure the pH is around 7.2-8.0, your ammonia and nitrite are at 0 and the nitrate is no more than 10 ppm. Water changes should be 25% once a week, filters cleaned monthly, and if he still acts like this, add some aquarium salt to the tank at a rate of 1 tablespoon per 10 gallons. Temperature should be betwen 68-72 degrees F.

If all of these tips do not help, then treat with Parasite Guard as he may have parasites or protozoa.

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does my fish have ich or another infection/fungus?

My fish has white dots on its body but an accumulation of white dots that seem to be on clumped together is this ich or another illness? The fish is a knight goby
How long have you owned an aquarium? 6-12 months
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It sounds like ich
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We really can't diagnose since we are not veterinarians and cannot view the fish as well. It does sound like a parasitic disease and it needs treating.

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What is wrong with my water?

My fish have been acting sad. My guppy acted like he was dead but came back alive. My hatchetfish died. I have been doing a lot of water changes. I thought it would fix it! But my fish are sick. I have tropical hatchetfish, guppies, and a tiny goldfish in the tank. The tank is only a few weeks old, and there has been a fair amount of waste about.
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It turns out that my fish had the ick. More of them were tropical than I had thought. I think the cold 70 degrees Fahrenheit was stressing them out. And also, oddly enough, my guppies are picking on the hatchetfish, not the goldfish. At any rate, they should all be more comfortable now with treatment, and at a balmy 80 degrees.
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Hatchet fish are very delicate as are some guppies. A goldfish is not a good tankmate for them. Check your water quality parameters, and add Tetra Safe Start to the tank, if the levels are not correct.

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