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Old 08-08-2009, 06:40 PM   #1 
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Do I have a problem?

My friend's on vacation at the moment, so I'm taking care of her betta. This afternoon, he wasn't swimming around like he usually was, and seemed a bit pale around the gills and front fins. He ate his food, but still seems lethargic and pale. Do I have a problem?
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Old 08-08-2009, 06:43 PM   #2 
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Hello and welcome to FishForum. What size container is he in and when was the water last changed?
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Old 08-08-2009, 06:44 PM   #3 
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hello and welcome to the Forum! hmm... how much are you feeding him? do you have water conditioner? what size tank/bowl is he in? Does it have a heater? Filter?
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Old 08-08-2009, 06:48 PM   #4 
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The container's a small vase, not sure of capacity. Water was last changed a few days ago, just before she brought him over. No heater, no filter. He gets fed twice a day, a small pinch of food each time. Not sure about water conditioner. I've taken care of him once before and he was fine that time.
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Old 08-08-2009, 08:58 PM   #5 
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If it is small, like less then a gallon then the water needs to be changed often. I'd say about ever other day or so.
I highly suggest that the Betta get moved to something that is at least 2 gallons (not sure if your friend would go for that).
Do a 100% water change and use water conditioner.
Oh, and is the water around 78-80 degrees? That's where it needs to be since Betta are tropical fish.
Good luck!
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Old 08-09-2009, 10:32 AM   #6 
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His color's looking a bit better this morning, but he's still lethargic. Did eat all his food.

The temp might be an issue. We open the windows at night to save on AC, and it can get pretty chilly. I'll try moving him to a warmer room.

The water conditioner's the stuff that dechlorinates, correct?
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Yes, the water conditioner will dechlorinate the water. Putting him in a warmer room is a good idea.
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