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Old 05-13-2012, 10:15 PM   #1 
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Question Lethargic Betta!!

Hey! I've had my betta for almost a year now, he was in a five gallon for about 6 months with 3 little neon fish, which he gets along with wonderfully! I then moved him to my 20 gallon with a few other little fish. He's always gotten along great with all these fish and he loved to swim all over the water but recently for the last 2-3 days now he's been very lethargic and only wanting to stay inside logs that are in the tank. And he hardly ever comes up to eat anymore either. Does anyone have any suggestions for me? Could it just be old age or could it be something else? I rescued him from Walmart like I said about a year ago!
Please help!

Justine (caring for Candy Bar, the red crowntail)
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Old 05-14-2012, 04:45 AM   #2 
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1 isn't really old for a betta but the lack of care they get from petshops can shorten their lifespans. I think average lifespans of a betta are supposed to be 3-5 years...with 5 being like 100 for a human.

Answer as many of these as you can:

Housing
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

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

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?

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