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Fahn said:
It works almost instantly.
Are there any other precautions I should take when transporting my fish?
I have the tank ready. I had the filter running for a bit but my dad suggested that I should turn it off because the cartridge is old and we need to get a new one. After I turned it off, I added the water conditioner that I use (AquaSafe from the brand Tetra).
 

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Janelie said:
Are there any other precautions I should take when transporting my fish?
I have the tank ready. I had the filter running for a bit but my dad suggested that I should turn it off because the cartridge is old and we need to get a new one. After I turned it off, I added the water conditioner that I use (AquaSafe from the brand Tetra).
Keep the filter running but put the cartridge from the 1 gallon in if you still have it.
 
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Fahn said:
Keep the filter running but put the cartridge from the 1 gallon in if you still have it.
The cartridge is small. The filter for the 10gal tank is different than the other one.
 

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The cartridge is small. The filter for the 10gal tank is different than the other one.
I know, but it might still harbor some beneficial bacteria and will help seed the new cartridge. If it hasn't been thrown away or left to dry, go ahead and put it in.
 
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I know, but it might still harbor some beneficial bacteria and will help seed the new cartridge. If it hasn't been thrown away or left to dry, go ahead and put it in.
So, what if it was left to dry? Should I wet it in the new tank's water?
 

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So, what if it was left to dry? Should I wet it in the new tank's water?
If it's dried out don't worry. All the bacteria on it will have died, just wait to get a new cartridge.
 
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If it's dried out don't worry. All the bacteria on it will have died, just wait to get a new cartridge.
Okay, thank you so much for your help! I really appreciate it.

I just added her in after acclimating her for about 5 minutes (I made sure the temperatures were the same). She swam around for a bit, which I would think is a good sign. Now, she's at the bottom of the tank resting. Hopefully, she prospers in her new tank, thank you all so much for the advice and the help. I truly appreciate it, have a wonderful night.
 

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Janelie said:
Okay, thank you so much for your help! I really appreciate it.

I just added her in after acclimating her for about 5 minutes (I made sure the temperatures were the same). She swam around for a bit, which I would think is a good sign. Now, she's at the bottom of the tank resting. Hopefully, she prospers in her new tank, thank you all so much for the advice and the help. I truly appreciate it, have a wonderful night.
Keep us updated!!
 
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UPDATE: As soon as I added her in the 10-gallon tank, Bertram seemed much happier and she swam around for a bit. When I woke up this morning, however, she was at the bottom of the tank sleeping and she was very pale (almost translucent). I tapped the glass lightly just to make sure she was alive, and, luckily, she was; she started swimming around and got a little bit of color back to her. I gave her some food, which she ate. I noticed that the temperature was 72 degrees Fahrenheit so I added in the heater. When the temperature was 72 degrees, Bertram spent most of her time at the bottom of the tank. Now the temperature is about 80 degrees and she is at the top of the water in a corner. She is definitely still alive, but she's just floating there. Should I be worried?

Thank you again for your help!
 

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UPDATE: As soon as I added her in the 10-gallon tank, Bertram seemed much happier and she swam around for a bit. When I woke up this morning, however, she was at the bottom of the tank sleeping and she was very pale (almost translucent). I tapped the glass lightly just to make sure she was alive, and, luckily, she was; she started swimming around and got a little bit of color back to her. I gave her some food, which she ate. I noticed that the temperature was 72 degrees Fahrenheit so I added in the heater. When the temperature was 72 degrees, Bertram spent most of her time at the bottom of the tank. Now the temperature is about 80 degrees and she is at the top of the water in a corner. She is definitely still alive, but she's just floating there. Should I be worried?

Thank you again for your help!
She is not coming down at all? Mmm she shouldn’t stay at the top for so long, the only go up to get oxygen. So there could be a problem with the oxygen in the tank. Can you post a pic? Also, did you check the water? And do you know the watts for your heater? Since your house is hot, it might be higher than 80 degrees. We need to make sure it’s not too hot for her, also the water temperature cannot be changing so fast and drastically, she can go into shock.
 

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Also never change your filter cartridge for a new one never ever just rinse them with old tank water while doing a water change every month or so never use tap water or you'll kill all bacteria you've worked to get!
 
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Frankieflowaz said:
Also never change your filter cartridge for a new one never ever just rinse them with old tank water while doing a water change every month or so never use tap water or you'll kill all bacteria you've worked to get!
Alright, I will do that from now on, thank you for the advice!

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She is not coming down at all? Mmm she shouldn’t stay at the top for so long, the only go up to get oxygen. So there could be a problem with the oxygen in the tank. Can you post a pic? Also, did you check the water? And do you know the watts for your heater? Since your house is hot, it might be higher than 80 degrees. We need to make sure it’s not too hot for her, also the water temperature cannot be changing so fast and drastically, she can go into shock.
Since I last wrote the message, she has swum down to the bottom a few times. However, she does spend the majority of her time in the same corner. Right now, she's at the bottom of her tank by her plant. She is definitely moving around more.
I don't know the watts of my heater, the numbers of the settings wore off over the years (it was a hand-me-down from my uncle); I have it at a low setting so that the temperature gradually would get higher.
How can I make the oxygen better for her? Will removing the lid of the tank help?

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She is not coming down at all? Mmm she shouldn’t stay at the top for so long, the only go up to get oxygen. So there could be a problem with the oxygen in the tank. Can you post a pic? Also, did you check the water? And do you know the watts for your heater? Since your house is hot, it might be higher than 80 degrees. We need to make sure it’s not too hot for her, also the water temperature cannot be changing so fast and drastically, she can go into shock.
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The first two (they're the same lol) are her resting at the bottom of her tank. The last one is her swimming around. She usually gets excited when she sees me, so I was glad when she started to swim towards me.
 

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The first two (they're the same lol) are her resting at the bottom of her tank. The last one is her swimming around. She usually gets excited when she sees me, so I was glad when she started to swim towards me.
Yayy that means she is feeling better! Let’s hope she gets better. And about the oxygen, if the water is too hot the oxygen will decrease, so make sure the water is not too hot! Other than that you just need to wait and see if she goes back to normal You are doing everything good now
 
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Yayy that means she is feeling better! Let’s hope she gets better. And about the oxygen, if the water is too hot the oxygen will decrease, so make sure the water is not too hot! Other than that you just need to wait and see if she goes back to normal You are doing everything good now
Alright, thank you so much!! I will continue to update until she feels better.
 

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Also could be stress from moving tanks some fish take time to settle in a new surrounding
 
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Also could be stress from moving tanks some fish take time to settle in a new surrounding
Is there anything I can do to make her less stressed or should I just wait it out?
 

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Is there anything I can do to make her less stressed or should I just wait it out?
Turn out the lights, give her some peace and quiet, and just wait. She'll perk up once she adjusts.
 

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I've had my Betta fish for almost a year. I bought her from Petco as a baby and I keep her in a 1-gallon tank. For about a month or two, she has been super lethargic and when I gave her food today she didn't have the strength to go to the top of the tank to eat it like she usually does. She tends to sit at the bottom of the tank or on top of her favorite rock. She is also very pale.

I did a full tank cleaning two days ago and added two new plants to the aquarium. She has a total of three plants.

Another thing that worries me is that she tends to stick herself between the glass and the filter. I just figured it was a quirk of hers, but lately, she has been spending all her time there.

Please help me! I love Bertram so much and I would do anything to make her happy again. #PrayForBertram

P.S: Keep in mind that this is my first fish ever. If you could please advise me on any mistakes that I made so I can learn from them, that would be greatly appreciated.

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I don't believe you made any mistakes. Sounds like you did everything right. My instant thought is something changed where you lost some of your cycles. You shouldn't be seeing any Nitrites and you should have Nitrates. Ammonia and Nitrites can destroy a fish in no time. The symptoms start out so slow and overnight the fish looks like death. Unfortunately, that's what this is. The best advice I can give do small water changes daily and add Quick Start and a stress reducer. Fresh Trace also if you have. It'll add nutrients to the water, kinda like vitamins.
 

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