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Old 10-31-2007, 02:52 PM   #1 
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My 1 year old Betta is sick, I guess. He won't eat, won't swim, just sits on the bottom of the bowl and does nothing. He hasn't eaten since Sunday night. Once in a while he comes up, looks at me, then sinks back down. What do I do? I need help! He's an adorable little betta, and I don't want anything bad to happen to him.....

I did change his water yesterday, and it is still clean.
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Old 10-31-2007, 05:32 PM   #2 
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hi
i don't know anything about Bettas,but i hate to see
people who are in need.
did you use de-chlorinator in the new water ?
has he been to the bathroom(pooped)
if he has,what does it look like?
if he has not been,then perhaps he is a little constipated
perhaps ? maybe try dropping in a cooked shelled pea.
any good ?
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Old 10-31-2007, 06:03 PM   #3 
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He looks like he's pooped, and it looks normal. I've been told he could be moving on to the big aquarium in another astral plane. Any comments? Anyone?
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Old 10-31-2007, 09:02 PM   #4 
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Welcome to Fishforum.com.

What size is the tank and how long has he been with you?:)
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Old 11-01-2007, 01:28 AM   #5 
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Hi Lupin,

I've had him for a year, and I have him in a 1/2 gallon container I bought at the pet store. It's one of those that has a divider in it so you can keep 2 bettas, but I took out the divider to give him more room.

I change his water frequently, use the chemical to condition the water, and he prefers pellets to flakes. He's coming up a little and he's eaten 3 pellets this evening.

Thanks for any imput you can give me.
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Old 11-01-2007, 04:00 AM   #6 
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Is the water heated? because betta's often lay on the bottom if the water is too cold.
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Old 11-01-2007, 06:12 AM   #7 
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i find bettas depressing when they have no room to move, he needs more space.


when u think bout it, the "general" (finger quotations cuz not very accurate) rule is one gallon per inch of fish, and the betta can grow 3'' long...

i think its his living space, get him bigger and he will get so excited :)
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Old 11-01-2007, 08:07 AM   #8 
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Do you have a test kit? I'd recommend a liquid test kit to test for amonia, nitrite and nitrate, the test strips are very unreliable. If you can, post your results for the 3 parameters I mentioned. You should have 0 amonia, 0 nitrite and a low reading of nitrate.

The water needs to be heated if your room temperature is not warm enough. They are tropical fish and need a temp of around 24-28 to be active.

The size of his tank could be an issue. If you can, get him a tank of at least 5g and I think you will really see a difference in him.
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Old 11-01-2007, 09:41 AM   #9 
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Thanks!

I will try everything that has been suggested! Thank you so much! I know, some people think he's just a fish, but I've grown very fond of my little guy! You are all so wonderful! Thank you!
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