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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-18-2012, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
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New fish just chilling

So the betta I got yesterday seems fine as in he lasted the night, isn't floating upside down or sideways. He just seems to be chilling near the top.

He ate a pellet or two so I'm not worried, just curious if this is common behavior for the first few days in a much larger tank or if he's a bit stressed as this 20gallon has little cover right now.
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Well he's swam around a bit in a fluttery motion (best way I can describe lol). I walked into the room and as I'm getting closer to the tank I see water moving. I think he must just be trying to get used to all the space.
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They're all different, some will chill because they're overwhelmed & others will not stop moving! I would definitely get him some more cover, does he have a cave or two to hide out in? You can use a coffee cup or 2 turned on they're side for a cave.
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They're all different, some will chill because they're overwhelmed & others will not stop moving! I would definitely get him some more cover, does he have a cave or two to hide out in? You can use a coffee cup or 2 turned on they're side for a cave.
Ah coffee cup might be a good idea, thank you :3 He has a very large plant that he hid in as soon as he was put into the tank after acclimating. He did the wiggle dance when I got close so I guess that's a good thing.
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He hasn't investigated yet but I'll be watching :3 Thank you so much for the idea <3

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They take little bit to settle in so I'm sure he'll be fine. You've got a good sized tank for him now you just gotta fill it in a little bit. If you can get some taller silk plants he'll like that. Mine like to rest on leaves just below the water line.
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I can probably get 3-4 silks to put in there and put on the filter to help a bit after Christmas :3 He likes the thermometer it seems.
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LOL. Probably because its near the surface, he can rest there, reach up & get a breath. I have one that likes to hang out behind the heater on the top suction cup even though he has plants.
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