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Old 11-06-2011, 11:26 AM   #1 
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Behavior/Disease Question

My betta eats normally but for the past week or so he stays vertical. If you tap the glass or anything he swims fine and flares up fine. Can anyone help me with what may be wrong?

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Old 11-06-2011, 11:29 AM   #2 
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What is the tank temperature and how often do you change the water?
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Old 11-06-2011, 11:33 AM   #3 
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Hi and welcome to the forums..

A few questions, as being vertical can be caused by a few different things.

What size is the tank?

What is your cleaning schedule? And what % do you take out each time?

Do you use conditioner?

Is the tank heated? What is the temp?

To me it sounds as if possibly he is cold.. is there anything else going on with him like bloating or changing color? Fins look okay?

Also, is it happening just once in a while or is he like that all of the time? Could be he is also napping, and when they do sometimes their tails dip and they look like statues..
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Old 11-06-2011, 11:44 AM   #4 
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I change it about 2 times a week sometimes 3. I do not have a thermometer currently. I added some warm room temperature water and he seems to swim somewhat better and not be verticle.
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Old 11-06-2011, 11:47 AM   #5 
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1 gallon
2-3 times a week. I change all of it, I put him into a glass cup, clean it add conditioner for bettas and re-fill it back up. It is not heated. Once I had added some more warm water he is a little better but right now he is verticle again(it may take a few to change). I notice it about a week ago and it has been off and on during the day but I did notice the water seems colder than normal.
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Old 11-06-2011, 12:18 PM   #6 
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They need a heater unless you are putting it somewhere that is gets ambient heat ie near a space heater etc.. especially in winter.
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Old 11-06-2011, 01:14 PM   #7 
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He may be more sensitive to cold than other bettas, so consistently warmer water would probably be your best bet to fixing this issue.

It doesn't seem like water quality is your issue, just temperature.

He's not bloated or displaying any other sign of illness?
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Old 11-07-2011, 08:28 AM   #8 
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In a 1 gallon it is recommended to change the water 1 50% and 1 100% a week- as sometimes your water can become too clean (if you would like a little more detailed info on that I can post it).

And I agree, a constant warm temp would most likely perk him back up- fluctuations in the temp (such as day/night) can cause him to feel stressed, lethargic, etc. A 10-15 watt heater would be ideal for your tank size to keep it a constant temp.
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