We got our first Aquabid betta in the mail yesterday and were so excited. When I picked up the bag he was shipped in, the water felt very cold. It was probably about 60-65 degrees, even though we paid for a heat pack.
Anyway, after we put him in his new tank he was very happy. His colors started coming back within just a few minutes, he unclamped, he was frisky and exploring everything. He seemed to be a very healthy little guy.
Well, after a few hours he started acting lethargic, he began hiding, staying still for long periods of time and his fins started clamping again. Not severely clamped, but definitely clamping some. He hasn't eaten anything yet but we know that's normal for a couple of days after a stressful trip in a tiny, cold, dark box. His colors came back quickly yesterday and haven't faded again. His heater has the water at 78 degrees right now, hopefully it will be up to 80-82 degrees soon. If not, we will slowly add some warmer water to his tank.
Is he still just very stressed out and adjusting to his new tank? Is this behavior normal after a two day trip across the country? We knew that he would be very stressed after his trip. We're just confused because he seemed to be very happy, then after a few hours he started doing all of these things.
This next question may seem stupid, but I don't care as long as our new family member ends up ok. I was wondering... Do some bettas prefer to have their water at the higher end of the normal range, the way different bettas will do better with different size tanks according to their personal preferences? The reason for this question is because after I got him out of the shipping box and discovered he was very cold, I put him in a temporary betta cup with water at 82 degrees. After my fiancee (homegrown terror) got home from work, he plugged up the heater and put warm water in the tank that was also 82-83 degrees. Well, the heater was under the gravel and wasn't working well enough, so his water had gone down to 76 degrees. We moved the heater from under the gravel to just sitting in the water but it's still only about 78 degrees now. Since that is the low end of normal and he didn't start acting different for a while, could the temperature be the problem? It's the only thing that has changed, which is making us wonder if he just prefers his water to be on the higher end of normal. He was doing great when it was at 80-83 degrees! Should we go ahead and slowly add some warmer water to heat the tank faster for him?
Sorry this post is so long. Can someone PLEASE help us??? We are so worried for little Jack Skellington and want him to be happy and healthy!!!
What size is your tank? 3 gallon tank with driftwood, two big, leafy plants that reach the top and give plenty of cover, one small plant for him to rest closer to the bottom
What temperature is your tank? 78 degrees (the heater is still in the process of warming up the water right now)
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
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Aqueon Betta Food pellets, blood worms for treats
How often do you feed your betta fish? a small amount twice daily Maintenance How often do you perform a water change? once a week What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50-75%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? water conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? Unfortunately, we do not have a test kit right now Ammonia:
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? A medium amount of clamping, not extreme clamping. He just looks like he doesn't feel well.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Got him in the mail yesterday and when we put him in his tank he seemed very excited. He was busy exploring for a good while and his colors started coming back after the stressful trip. After a few hours he started hiding, acting very lethargic and staying in the same spot for long periods. He's not moving around except to find a different spot to stay still in.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Several hours after he was put into his new home from his traveling cup.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? We haven't done anything yet because we don't want to jump the gun and give him meds if he doesn't really need them.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? The Aquabid seller reported that he was very healthy, so no illness that we know of.
How old is your fish (approximately)? 3.5 months