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Old 10-15-2010, 06:28 PM   #1 
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Othello

I think there's something up with him. I did a minor w/c last Thursday before I left town for Thanksgiving. I gave both my bettas a small freezedried bloodworm and a pellet.

I got back on Tuesday night, and Othello was pretty pale and inactive. It was late at night, though, so I thought he was probably asleep.

Next day, he was still pretty pale...fairly active though, and ate.

Thursday, I did a 50% w/c...he spent most of the day hiding, not active...still ate after a while in his cup.

Today, he's also hiding, and he's looking more gaunt/thin...still pale. He didn't eat his bloodworm either.

My tank is 10 gallons, split in 3 between my three boys. The heater hasn't been working so well lately, it keeps the water around 73-75 degrees...I think that may be a reason of why he's been weird lately.

PH and other water parameters are normal.
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Old 10-15-2010, 06:33 PM   #2 
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A picture would help. Does he look any different besides from being pale?
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Old 10-15-2010, 06:46 PM   #3 
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Could be the temperature change stressing them out and making them lethargic. Inactivity, hiding, and loss of appetite are never good signs. I would isolate him--you can get a 2-4 gallon rubbermaid/sterilite plastic storage bin for about $3 and a small 25 watt adjustable heater for around $15-$25 depending on whether you buy online or in store. This is what I do for my sick fish. If you have tanks where fish cohabitate, you should really have some kind of hospital setup.
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Old 10-15-2010, 08:22 PM   #4 
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I know, I'm kicking myself over not bringing one of my smaller tanks with me to use...well, I'll try to buy a new heater and see if he perks up.
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