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So Betta Fish people of Tumblr. 

My 2 year old Fishy seems to be in trouble. I’m concerned because his colour is perfect, and he’s eating well.  His water temperature is between 75-80,  His eyes are clear, theres no specks, fin rot, or bloating. I do twice weekly water changes because he’s currently in 2.5 gallon followed by a full water change in order to clean out his tank due to a lack of a filter that fits that size of the tank. I use a water conditioner because city water is full of nasties and I always wait before putting him in to ensure he won’t be harmed as well as proper procedure like floating him so its not a shock when he’s put back in. 

I ordered him a 5 gallon, so his current tank is temporary because his old one broke.  

The issue is that he can’t seem to right himself in the water and swims like he’s really struggling. He was fine two weeks ago but I’m not sure what it could be, and as a result spends a LOT of time at the top of his tank in the tree-like decoration. 

If anyone has an idea of what it could be could you tell me? I’m worried. 

Hey, there. :)

It sounds like it could be a swim bladder problem. Is he very bloated? If so, you can try fasting him for a day or two first to help clear his gut.

Alone or combined with the fasting, you can also try a treatment of Epsom salt (with absolutely NO additives — I used the Equate brand from Walmart). You can do a teaspoon/gallon with 100% changes daily for 7-10 days or baths with a tablespoon/gallon for 10-15 minutes one to three times a day. Just remember to dissolve the salt completely in a bit of tank water or clean, conditioned water before adding it to your fish’s main or quarantine tank.

If none of that works, let the community know since it could be a sign of infection.

Hope this helps, good luck!

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bwron asked: Hi there! Thanks so much for the advice. I was wondering how much the 5 gallon tank cost you including all the accessories?

No prob. :)

The 5-gallon aquarium (I bought three) cost me between $20-30. However, it didn’t come with any accessories. I initially used the filter from the 3-gallon tanks that I had first but switched to sponge media later (that were only a few dollars). Even to buy that and the aerator alone is pretty cheap (about $15-20).

Heaters are a must, too, and you can get a decent one for around $15-20. I use regulated Hydor submersible heaters that I love so very much. Walmart sells unregulated Tetra heaters for relatively cheap (around $15, too, I believe). In a 3-5 gallon tank, the Tetra for smaller aquariums typically seem to warm the water consistently around 76 degrees, from my personal experience.

If you want to get gravel, good hiding decorations, accessories (such as betta leaves or logs) and silk plants to furnish the tank, the price will vary.

I think on average, for everything altogether that I listed, our setups were around $100 per tank. I think in general, most basic setups will be around this price. it’ll get more expensive once you go for different brands and try your hand at making your tank more fancy.

Hope this helps!

EDIT: Oh, and a thermometer, haha. Need one of those, too. You can get cheap ones that get the job done at Walmart, too. They’re only a few bucks.

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bwron:

I need a bigger tank for my betta but idk where I can get one that’s suitable for him (lid with holes so oxygen can go thru)
I think mine is 1 and half or 2 gallons and I want 3 or more
Any ideas??

I’ve used both the 3-Gallon Tetra Halfmoon and the 5-Gallon Aquatech. Both were around $30 at Walmart. If you click on the products, you can see my full review for both. :)

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peaceypanic:

Mass water change day update. Good friday.

iantojonesthebetta
thank you so much! I have made partial posts about some of the filtration but I’ve held off because I’ve been changing things up so much. It’s not much more than a stacked overflow system, drains into a sump which I just really use foam and some carbon, lots of filter floss. Then it returns with a sump pump. It’s a mag drive 900 or 700 I’m not sure. I could take the top off or just have 1 row of tanks with a sump, I’ve been thinking of redoing it.

I’m not familiar with even what “sumps” or “mag drives” are. Still got a long way to go before I have such an extensive setup, then. xD

Mag drives just are like power heads that pump water upward.

Google sump systems! It’s a very efficient way of filtration, adds water volume to the total system. You can heat and change media and have no pipes and equipment in the actual tank itself. If you have any question you can ask me :)))

I shall have to do more research. <3 I’d never be able to have this many tanks yet since I plan to still do a lot of moving around and traveling. Still doesn’t mean I can’t admire it. I am going to be trying my hand at my first planted shrimp tank soon, though. Whee, baby steps!

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peaceypanic:

peaceypanic:

Mass water change day update. Good friday.

iantojonesthebetta
thank you so much! I have made partial posts about some of the filtration but I’ve held off because I’ve been changing things up so much. It’s not much more than a stacked overflow system, drains into a sump which I just really use foam and some carbon, lots of filter floss. Then it returns with a sump pump. It’s a mag drive 900 or 700 I’m not sure. I could take the top off or just have 1 row of tanks with a sump, I’ve been thinking of redoing it.

I’m not familiar with even what “sumps” or “mag drives” are. Still got a long way to go before I have such an extensive setup, then. xD

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Life Update

So much on the go!

We’re moving to another province on April 30th so it’s been steady packing. We’re moving for a new job that will help us get the stability and finances we need to live abroad in the UK for 2015. Of course, on top of all that, I chose this month to be the month I write a novel (which I actually managed to complete but am now editing, so yay).

We won’t even get our home services (‘net, phone, cable) until May 3rd (we actually move in on the first). Incidentally, May 3rd will be my 28th birthday. <3 Any birthday money I get is so going toward the shrimp tank, hehe.

So, yep, that’s my life in a nutshell. Oh, and Flight Rising… Packing, running around everywhere to get things ready for the move, writing the novel, and breeding cute little dragons.

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