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Old 07-27-2012, 05:29 PM   #1 
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Help! Is this normal?

Do fish sleep? If not, is it normal for my fish not to be moving too much? I bought him today, he is a pretty guy, but he is just sort of hovering near the water surface and just comes up for air. He was swimming ok when I let him in, was flaring up a bit, and now this happened :( I don't know if it's because it's dark and he thinks it's time to sleep?
Please tell me he will be ok? :(

Housing

What size is your tank? 29 litres - that's about 6.5 gallons I think
What temperature is your tank? The heater is set to 78F
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None.

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? None yet. I was told he was fed today in the store.
How often do you feed your betta fish? N/A

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? None yet
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? N/A
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? The water he is in only had water conditioner added (the one you add to tap water to make it ok for fish)

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

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
pH: 7.6
Hardness: Don't know. Certainly not extremely hard, nor extremely soft
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? It hasn't
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He stopped moving and swimming about
When did you start noticing the symptoms? About an hour after putting him in the tank. He was put in at about 6.30 pm, I noticed he stopped moving about 7.30 pm
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Don't know.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Don't know.

Here is a picture of him as he was when he was happy:
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:45 PM   #2 
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He could be really stressed out from the move/new place and needs to adjust. Keep an eye on him but he should be ok. Very pretty guy.
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:47 PM   #3 
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Thanks. I really hope it's just stress.
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:50 PM   #4 
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And yes, fish do sleep. My old betta would veg out for 20 min at a time provided he wasn't disturbed at night.
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:52 PM   #5 
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Did he sort of stop in water and just came up for air?
How do they look when they sleep?
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:58 PM   #6 
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Location: The Dells :) i wish
I agree with millefiore, he is probably just shocked from the transition, and is still recovering. while sleeping they dont move much. Breathing surface air is completely normal betta behavior, he will continue to do this for the rest of his happy life. he will probably be feeling better tomorrow, until then just keep an eye on him.
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:59 PM   #7 
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It's probably just stress. Let him be and it'll take a while for your little guy to get used to his new tank.

They would sleep if they are resting under the cave or on rock/gravel. I'm sure your fish is fine. My five bettas do that lol. If I'm not there, they would just stuff themselves into small space for just to sleep. If I come to them and feed them, they always know and wake up and swim fast as they could to get the food lol.

by the way, your betta fish is pretty! (:
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Old 07-27-2012, 06:03 PM   #8 
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Thank you for the reassurance and the compliments guys.
This is a special little fish-guy. We went to three different pet shops and he was the only fish available in our city :) I wanted a veiled one, but I liked the look of him (still nameless - we're looking for the right name for him)
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Old 07-27-2012, 06:10 PM   #9 
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He is very pretty and like all the others have said he is just stressed from the move and all. Keeping the room he is in dim right now will help till he is used to his new home. They do sleep, Perseus sleeps in his plant ..I turn off the light at around 10 and sometimes when I get up extra early like around 6 in the morning he is in his plant snoozing away..lol
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Old 07-28-2012, 04:42 AM   #10 
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He's still not moving :( How long should I give him to adjust?
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