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Old 04-19-2013, 04:17 PM   #1 
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Should I move my elephant ear?

I previously posted about my elephant ear betta being sick. After moving him to a 5g tank, he got really sick, lost his color, tore his fins, and lost scales. My assumption was that he was stressed. I moved him to a smaller 1.5g tank for him to recover, treating him with aquarium salt
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:20 PM   #2 
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Sorry I accidentally submitted this before I was finished. Continuing:

He's recovered a lot, his scales and fins seem to be healing and hes regained all of his color and calmed down a lot (he also became aggressive while he was stressed).
I feel I may not have provided enough places for him to hide in the 5g as it had a relatively large open space in the middle with a lot of plants on the sides. If I were to provide him with more things to hide behind and swim through, would it be okay if I moved him back? I'm afraid the same thing as before will happen again when I move him to the 5g.
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:28 PM   #3 
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Did you test the water in your 5g?
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:32 PM   #4 
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Yes, it was slightly soft but still well within the acceptable range
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:17 PM   #5 
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I've heard of bettas being happier in a smaller tank. If he seems to be better in the 1.5 gallon tank, I'd keep him in it.
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:20 PM   #6 
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If there's open space in the tank he might be scared. Best to fill in empty spaces so he feels more secure.
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Old 04-19-2013, 06:24 PM   #7 
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Betta fish that have excessively long fins may struggle to live in large-volume tanks because it can be difficult for them to swim. Unless your 5 gallon is shallow and long, the difficulty of swimming with such heavy fins can be detrimental for your fish's health. As long as the tank is at least 1 gallon and is regularly cleaned, your fish will have a quality life.
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Old 04-19-2013, 06:33 PM   #8 
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I just rescued an elephant ear he is posted in fish emergencies now. I was wondering if your fish is pretty unwieldy when he tries to swim. Even without his other problems swimming seems to big effort for him.

In regard to your fish I thinks it's true some fish might like the smaller space. I have a crowntail in large container that seem much happier in a one gallon. In the big container he has stress stripes often and seems jumpy. I have say this particular crown tail does not have good form so he does have to expend a great deal of energy to swim. In the small tank he was much friendlier. Maybe you could go with 2 gallon or 2.5 instead. I think in the end that is where my Crowntail Curly will go.
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