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Old 08-19-2012, 09:41 PM   #1 
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Exclamation My fish bowl...

Is it bad, okay, or good? After reading some things on this site I'm going to assume it's bad, but I honestly don't know...

I grew up with my parents having a betta that was kept in a jar (like a jam jar), and always thought that was correct. So when I got my own betta, whose name is Entei by the way, I didn't get a super small bowl, but I got lower medium size. Let's just say, I was taken in by Walmart's boxing.

Now, I've successfully moved from South Dakota to Kansas, and brought Entei with me. Was a bit worrisome, but worth it. I bought him a new bowl. It's a 1 gallon from Walmart. [ LINK ] Unfortunately, after a week, my blue LED's are out (the ones I liked, go figure), and I'm not sure if Entei is happy or not. I know, there's no real way to know if they're happy, but I'm worried.

Originally I bought a filter, modified it, and had it in there. I was worried because Entei pretty much swam around the bowl all day, when he usually made bubble-nests back in SD. So, I did a 100% water change just a half hour ago, took the filter out (it barely fit anyway), and he's chilling at the top of the bowl. I can't tell if he's gulping for air, or if he's trying to make a bubble nest.

I'm attaching a picture of the bowl before I removed the filter.

Any help or advice would be appreciative. I am on a bit of a budget, so I can't go crazy, but I want to make sure Entei is happy too.
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:54 PM   #2 
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He could just be stressed from the change.

I'm fine with 1 gallons as long as the fish are getting the tank cleaned often and if it's not overly crowded :)
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I just took the top off, he kinda looks like he's breathing hard... Should I take him out, and redue the change, or let him adjust?
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:56 PM   #4 
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I have the exact tank for my elderly halfmoon. My female that I used to have in that tank needed a larger tank because of her energy level, so if your fish isn't very energetic it's fine.

I also have that exact plant in one of my other tanks. My fish tore his fin on it a few times, but I left it in and he stopped getting torn fins, so... Yeah. :P
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:59 PM   #5 
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It could be ammonia poisoning, if I'm right...

Do you have a water tester?
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I do not, unfortunately. Is there any other way to tell, Alcemistnv?
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I think he's just stressed from the move...low or no light...he'll be fine. I have two of my male bettas in 1g bowls. As long as the water is clean and warm. Do you know the temp of the water, and are you using a water conditioner?
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I think he's just stressed from the move...low or no light...he'll be fine. I have two of my male bettas in 1g bowls. As long as the water is clean and warm. Do you know the temp of the water, and are you using a water conditioner?

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I'd either go with stress, or ammonia. Ammonia could be possible because the tank is small. But do you know the tank temp. and how ooften do you clean the tank?
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:12 PM   #9 
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I use the Premeasured tablest in the Aqua Culture Betta Care Kit. It treats tap water up to 2 gallons.

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I clean and do a water swap twice a week. Once on Sunday (today), and again on Wednesday.

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I do not know the water temp, I know it's slightly warmer right now then what I normally keep it.
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I'm going to be up most of the night watching him. I have him in no light conditions right now. Guess I'll update with the good, or (heaven forbid) the bad news tomorrow morning.
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