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Old 06-15-2011, 10:52 PM   #1 
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HM Dragging His Tail and VT female won't eat

I have 2 new fish.

The male is a HM who I just received today from Thailand. The breeder told me prior to shipping him that he was not active, just laying on the bottom of the tank... Well, today I acclimated him to a small quarantine tank (critter keeper)... He seems ok, except that when he swims he is dragging his bottom... Almost like it is too heavy for him? He is swimming around though. He saw the other bettas and got excited. I plan to just do frequent water changes and feed him lots of yummy food... I know I could add salt too but I've never had much luck with that, so kinda hesitant to try it... Any other suggestions?

My female I got about 3-4 days ago from Petco. She is also in a critter keeper for now, getting 80-90% water changes every other day. Umm... she won't eat. Anything. Tried betta pellets, tried crushing them smaller, tried bloodworms, and beefheart... The only thing she KINDA ate was the beefheart, but only the very small pieces. She completely ignores the other food... Also, she seems a bit oval when looking down on her, almost like bloat but her scales are not protruding at all, just looks oval. Ideas? She is kinda sticking near the top of the water.

Housing
What size is your tank? 1/2 gallon and 1/4 gallon?
What temperature is your tank? About 76 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? No x 2
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No x 2
Is your tank heated? No x 2
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Omega One pellets, bloodworms, other types of frozen fish food
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2x a day

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? Every other day
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 80-90%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Stress Coat and Stress Zyme

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia:
Nitrite: None
Nitrate: None
pH: High
Hardness: Soft
Alkalinity: High -----> test strips...

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? No
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? No
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Day 1...
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No, just water changes
Does your fish have any history of being ill? ???
How old is your fish (approximately)? Probably 3.5-4 months for both
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Old 06-15-2011, 11:14 PM   #2 
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The female is probably stressed a little after being put in a new home, but I don't know what is wrong with the dude. If you can, get bigger tanks or critters things. Bettas prefer 2.5 gallons or 1 gallon, somewhere between that. That is all I can say.
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Old 06-15-2011, 11:27 PM   #3 
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These are just temp homes, smaller to make water changes easier... and the female is so small, it's a pretty big home for her.
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My male from ninebettas is doing the same. He just lays on the bottom. I haven't even attempted feeding. I am really disappointed with the entire process. :(
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Old 06-16-2011, 02:01 PM   #5 
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Really? This is your "replacement" for the red white and blue guy? Today mine seems perkier but still draggy. He will eat though. He just doesn't look strong. The other 2 I got from ninebettas are fine. These are some HUGE bettas though. Very long....... I'm not used to that.
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