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Old 06-30-2011, 02:46 AM   #1 
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Post Handicaps?

Ok I understand this will sound crazy, but i believe my betta Harley has a mental handicap. He does not eat, nor does he swim that often, he lays on the bottom of his tank on his stomach, usually laying against the wall, with his fins spread out beautifully. I feed him via vacation tablets since he does not seen to notice any food I put in. He is not blind, and one of his gills is slightly dented outward, and also he has a odd swim when he has his nervous energy spurts.I love him and I'm doing all that I can to care for him, but is that possible? because I want to know if there is anyway to treat him and make sure he gets the care he needs.
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Old 06-30-2011, 02:51 AM   #2 
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It's probably a disease, don't know what though. Hope he gets better ^.^
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Old 06-30-2011, 02:59 AM   #3 
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he's perfectly healthy tho, thats the problem. I see he has eye recognition, he knows where to look. He has not acted like any sick betta I have ever owned. Its just odd.
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Have you had him for a while or is he new?
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:06 AM   #5 
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I've had him for about a month- month and a half. he has no symptoms of any diseases I have looked up, which again, leaves me baffled O.o
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Old 06-30-2011, 04:07 AM   #6 
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i don't think bettas can have mental handicaps. it sounds more like he's not feeling well, to me. bettas can still wiggle excitedly at you, even when not feeling well. check your water quality, before you decide if he's special, or not. x:
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Old 06-30-2011, 12:02 PM   #7 
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i would check the water conditions.
just because there isn't any real symptoms of other common diseases, doesn't mean he's mental :P
and vacation feeders aren't always the best. have you tried live food?
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Old 06-30-2011, 02:38 PM   #8 
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It sounds more like he isn't doing well...

What is the temp of the water? Sometimes even if it's just a few degrees too cold they can get sluggish. I would suggest turning the heater temp up a few degrees (Slowly, so it doesn't shock the fish) and see if it helps.
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His water conditions and temp are perfectly normal, and he doesn't eat live food, or any other food in general :/ hence my usage of vacation tablets, I don't want to starve the poor boy, but I can't force feed him either. He's swimming now, but instead of the bottom, he floats a the top of the tank now, then swims. Still won't eat however, as if he can't see the food. That has happened to my other bettas, but only in the week or two after I bought them.
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Old 07-02-2011, 01:45 PM   #10 
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Hmm. He may very well have a defect that is internal. Don't know what it would be, but anything is possible.

Poor thing!! Just keep him cozy and he might decide to eat..
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