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Old 06-29-2012, 11:07 AM   #1 
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lifeless help!

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Any advice would be appreciated.
-I have a male VT Betta in a 10 gallon tank, cycled, about 78-80 degrees and filtered. I bought the lil survivor from wal-mart about a year ago... Good looking guy - anyway.

When I awoke this morning he was laying lifelessly around the bottom, thought he was sleeping funny at first... with his body slightly turned to the side and his nose kinda sticking up towards the top of the tank.
-First, I threw some worms in and he did not move - next I turned the light on (top) and no effect either.
-Then I tested the water stuff... no ammonia, no nitrites and the nitrates were around 20. He is normally a very active guy - swimming around high in the tank like he should be. He did move when I put the net in the tank (he hates that thing), but quickly sulked in the spot he was in, when he quit running from the net (about 2 seconds). At this point, I'm strongly considering moving him to his 1 gallon tank. However, if anyone knows why my guy is acting like a bum - I would love to hear about it, b/c im clueless. And of course, if more information about the set up is needed - id be happy to provide details.


Update:
Moved him to small 1 gallon back up tank... lethargic towards the top at first... periodically laying around the bottom - nose pointed up. Ignoring the lone Worm i tossed in (but did inspect it at one point). Seems to be moving around a little bit now. But very slow.

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Old 06-29-2012, 01:19 PM   #2 
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oh dear. how is his poop looking? it could be just that he is cictim to walmart fish abuse, and it's finally catching up to him. Anything else in ur 10g?
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he took a quick poop after i moved him into the reserve 1gal tank, scared it out of him. It looked like normal dark reddish brown poop... bout the size of a blood worm i guess. I think he might have been a lil backed up and i also noticed he looked a little thick. but he looked almost dead on the bottom of the tank...

In the 10g i have a cpl fake greek columns and some real soft plants. All have been there a long time and I last added water about a week ago.

since I moved him to the 1 gallon he looks like he is doing a lot better - specifically he is swimming around again. and he actually ate a few blood worms.
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thank you for your response
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Old 06-30-2012, 03:27 AM   #5 
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did you feed frozen or freeze dried? try to stick to pellets :) it's a better diet
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freeze dried.
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freeze dried worms are great for treats but not everyday feeding, see if you can feed him some pellets since pellets carry the necessary nutrition for bettas. Good luck :)
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Thanks again
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