I recently got a new betta. Hes fins were pretty normal, and now there liked scrunched up, and I noticed this with my old fish.
If you rember me, ((FROM Here, Crazy Thread)), Unfortunalty he did not make it, and passed away about 4 weeks later.
So anyways, back to the fins, anything to why this is happening?
Size of tank? Water changing schedule? Water Params? Water Temperature? Equipment (filter, heater, etc)? How long has the tank been running?
We need to know these to figure out what is wrong.
Tank Size: 1/2 gallon plastic aquarium
Water Change: Once A Week, Every Monday
Water Temp: 70 - 76
Running Time: Almost a Year, but the fish has been in it for only a week.
Just additional stuff: I did clean the tank before the new fish was put in. A plastic plant is still inside.
So it sounds like you never upgraded tank size, didn't get a heater, and no filter.
Your Betta is probably pretty stressed right about now (fins clamped is a dead giveaway). I'd read Cody's Sticky Post in the Anabantids section about proper Betta care.
-Your tank should be at least 2.5 gallons. More is better.
-Water changes in a 1/2 gallon tank should be every day.
-Temperature has to stay constant at above 78 degrees.
-You need a heater. I cannot stress on how importnt that is for a betta. A low-flow filter is nice also.
As said, other members and I have put together a sticky for general betta care in the Anabantids forum. It should target all of this.
I have a light for it (Made for heating). But I cannot keep it on all the time. I don't want my house to burn down.
And changing water everyday, no...I hope your not telling everyone that. Thats how you stress out a fish.
So...tell me what you intentions are on how to fix the issue at hand?
You need a heater. Need it, need it, need it.
Well, I have This Tank:
Maybe I need to clean everyday, but I'm not. I still think thats how you stress a fish out. Going from Tank to container or whatever day...Even at the bottom it says clean at least once a week....
As for the heater, I have this:
It says at the bottom its for heat.
If I need a heater, can you reccomend something? What would work for that size tank.
Im not gonna get another tank bigger just for one fish.
I will stop posting here because you obviously cannot meet the care requirements for your betta. Also, you dont need to place him in seperate containers. A 50% change in that thing would take 5 minutes a day.
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