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post #1 of 13 Old 01-29-2007, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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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?
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post #2 of 13 Old 01-29-2007, 05:25 PM
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What are the water parimaters?
Ph Levels?
Ammonia Levels?
Size of Tank?
Has he been moved Recently?
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post #3 of 13 Old 01-29-2007, 05:27 PM
please state nitrite and nitrate levels as well, and dont forget temperature
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post #4 of 13 Old 01-29-2007, 05:28 PM
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hello,

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.....

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post #5 of 13 Old 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?
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post #6 of 13 Old 01-29-2007, 05:34 PM
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sorry for being off topic,

i know it is hard to believe but i actually read it wrong

i edited my post.... :D

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post #7 of 13 Old 01-29-2007, 05:35 PM
do you have a filter in the tank/bowl
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post #8 of 13 Old 01-29-2007, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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post #9 of 13 Old 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.
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post #10 of 13 Old 01-29-2007, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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I'll try it. What do I do if a larger tank with a filter doesn't help him?
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