Aquatic Emergency Template

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If you have a sick fish or any aquarium emergency that needs our help, then please use this emergency template by answering the questions in each segment.

These questions were specifically designed to make it easier for us to help you with your fish. Copy the template and paste it into a new thread, and put your answers in plain text after each question.

Please begin copying the guide starting at the tank section below, and stop after the prompt for the detailed explanation paragraph at the foot of the template. Please answer all questions to the best of your ability. Also, please be sure to type your answers in standard text, (not bold, or italics), so when others are reading they will be able to easily distinguish your answers from the text of the template. Providing full and clear information in a way that is easy for others to understand is the best way to help us help you.

Note: Please create a new thread for your sick fish, do not post directly here for help.
These questions were all designed to help us figure out the problem with your fish, and it is crucial that you answer all of them, but please specify if you are unable to list the water parameters.

Copy the template starting below the dotted line, and stop at the top of the line at the bottom of this template.

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Tank
What is the water volume of the tank?
How long has the tank been running?
Does it have a filter?
Does it have a heater?
What is the water temperature?
What is the entire stocking of this tank? (Please list all fish and inverts.)

Maintenance
How often do you change the water?
How much of the water do you change?
What do you use to treat your water?
Do you vacuum the substrate or just the water?

*Parameters - Very Important
Did you cycle your tank before adding fish?
What do you use to test the water?
What are your parameters? We need to know the exact numbers, not just “fine” or “safe”.
Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:

Feeding
How often do you feed your fish?
How much do you feed your fish?
What brand of food do you feed your fish?
Do you feed frozen?
Do you feed freeze-dried foods?

Illness & Symptoms
How long have you had this fish?
How long ago did you first notice these symptoms?
In a few words, can you explain the symptoms?
Have you started any treatment for the illness?
Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase?
How has its behavior and appearance changed, if at all?

Explain your emergency situation in detail. (Please give a clear explanation of what is going on, include details from the beginning of the illness leading up to now)

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If you are not aware of what the aquarium nitrogen cycle is, then please read about it here!
Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle
Important - Important Cycling Information
 
WTFish?
Member
Great! But should be a template for EVERY sick fish question.
 
BettaMaxx
Member
I wish there was a way to pin this on the front page or something.
 
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Fanatic
Member
I made this with Mike's approval for a sticky.
 
bizaliz3
Member
This is great, thanks for putting it together! But I also agree that it would be beneficial as a template for ANY sick fish. Not just bettas.
 
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Fanatic
Member
bizaliz3 said:
This is great, thanks for putting it together! But I also agree that it would be beneficial as a template for ANY sick fish. Not just bettas.
I understand, but this one is specifically designed for bettas, but that'd be great if we could have a template for general fish.
 
bizaliz3
Member
Fanatic said:
I understand, but this one is specifically designed for bettas, but that'd be great if we could have a template for general fish.
You may have designed it with bettas in mind....but every single one of those questions you included would be beneficial for any sick fish in my opinion. I would want to know all those answers regardless what kind of fish was in question.

If you were to put together a template for a fish other than a betta, what would you remove or add to that template? Genuinely curious!!
 
WTFish?
Member
Maybe use the word fish instead of Betta? Or “water-baby” to cover everything. Haha. I’m also curious of what would change if it were generalized.
Great template though, you did a thorough job!
 
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Fanatic
Member
It's now updated, and can apply to any fish.
 
WTFish?
Member
Fanatic said:
It's now updated, and can apply to any fish.
This is awesome...I hope you didn’t think some of us were too critical. I just wish everyone would use this for all illnesses/fish. Nice work and thanks for putting it together!
 
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smee82
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Member
What brand of food??? I don't get how brand helps to diagnose what's wrong with someones fish or how its important.
 
WTFish?
Member
smee82 said:
What brand of food??? I don't get how brand helps to diagnose what's wrong with someones fish or how its important.
It does help, some foods aren’t as great as others or may be known to cause problems. As a consensus it can possibly help with what not to feed...or plead the 5th if you do not want to tell.
 
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Fanatic
Member
I have updated the template, a new question was added to the top of the last section on the template.
 
BettaNovice101
Member
I love the template. Now that you generalized the fish, though from just Betta, a question needs to be asked as to the stock -- betta, chiclid, shrimp, etc. etc. And then ask if there are other types in the aquarium. Agreed?
 
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Fanatic
Member
BettaNovice101 said:
I love the template. Now that you generalized the fish, though from just Betta, a question needs to be asked as to the stock -- betta, chiclid, shrimp, etc. etc. And then ask if there are other types in the aquarium. Agreed?
I am always wanting to hear back from other members, as it really helps me develop this to be as descriptive as possible.
Your suggestions were put into the template, and I also added a guide to the aquarium nitrogen cycle at the footer of the template.
 
richiep
Member
Well it payed of for one I answered today along with others the information put on the form was useful from the start it stopped everyone asking those questions and dragging things out, all the answers were stright to the point. So it's working and like all things new you listened to constructive criticism and altered where necessary
Great job Fanatic
 
ValerieAdams
Member
Mike could we possibly get this moved to "Freshwater Fish Disease"? It's somewhat hard to find here (I never think betta fish, I think sick fish) and I think more people may use it if it was in that sub forum.
 
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Coradee
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Member
Mike has already added it as an announcement with link when you go to post a new thread it’s at the top of the page
 
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Fanatic
Member
I have updated this template to a more organized and easily readable form, it should be less confusing now.
 
Erin Busch
Member
How do I copy
 
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Fanatic
Member
Try not to post your filled out template here, as it won't be seen, please post a new thread in the correct category
 
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Coradee
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Member
Can I also remind members about their manners when requesting this form be filled in.
Too often I see a demanded ’Fill this in‘ or worse just the link with no explanation.
A please goes a long way to help make people feel welcome & how advice is received.
As the saying goes...’you catch more bees with honey than vinegar’ so please remember your P’s & Q’s, thank you .
 
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