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sliker2 01-29-2007 05:21 PM

Sick betta
I have a betta that's acting really weird. He stays at the bottom of the tank almost all the time, usaully on his side. When he does finally go to the surface for air it's like he's swimming through molasses. His color is fine, everything looks ok. What could be wrong?

Matt 01-29-2007 05:25 PM

What are the water parimaters?
Ph Levels?
Ammonia Levels?
Size of Tank?
Has he been moved Recently?

musho3210 01-29-2007 05:27 PM

please state nitrite and nitrate levels as well, and dont forget temperature

flatcam1 01-29-2007 05:28 PM


if you have him in one of those small betta hotels or tiny tanks, you should remove him as fast as possible. put him into a good sized tank with some oxygen and that might help.....

hope this helps! :D

musho3210 01-29-2007 05:30 PM

flatcam, i have had no experiance with bettas but if it as a lack of oxygen problem, wouldnt it be gasping for air at the top, not lying down at the bottom?

flatcam1 01-29-2007 05:34 PM

sorry for being off topic,

i know it is hard to believe but i actually read it wrong :lol: :doh!:

i edited my post.... :D

musho3210 01-29-2007 05:35 PM

do you have a filter in the tank/bowl

sliker2 01-29-2007 05:55 PM

sick betta
I don't have a filter or anything. He is in about a 1/2 gallon tank. I have several other bettas as well, and have never had a problem with lack of filtration. I just got this betta about two weeks ago. He is eating fine, I just don't know if he's a weird betta that will always do this or if something is wrong with him.

musho3210 01-29-2007 06:00 PM

hmm, i would suggest you to get a betta starter bowl with filtration, a 2 gallon would be best with a heater. Your betta will love you for it. Now heres a good bit of information

Fish can Survive in a small bowl but they wont thrive in a small bowl.

sliker2 01-29-2007 06:39 PM

sick betta
I'll try it. What do I do if a larger tank with a filter doesn't help him?

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