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Old 11-16-2012, 04:42 PM   #1 
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Betta Paralysis?

When I got home last night and went to feed my bettas I found my blue veiltail lying on the bottom of his tank. This is not his typical behavior (although I've had some that did nap on the bottom) so I rubbed my finger along the side of the glass to see if I could rouse (sp?) him. No luck. I could see that he was still breathing and it wasn't labored. I decided to scoop him out and place him in a hospital tank. I expected him to at least attempt to move when I started after him with the net but he couldn't move an inch. I could tell he was paralyzed because his body moved around haphazardly with the water current I was making. I finally got him in my net and placed him in a shallow cup so maybe he could at least get a breath that way but he still died a few minutes later. His fins were all flared out like he was frozen that way the entire time and stayed that way after he died. It was the weirdest/saddest thing I've ever seen. Just the day before he was perfectly fine. Eating, swimming, etc. He was in a 10 gal divided tank and his tank mate seems fine. I've had them both about 3 months. There were no abnormal changes to his tank that I could tell. The temp was stable, I tested the pH and it was fine. So I guess what I'm wondering is does this sound familiar to anyone?? Has it happened to anyone else's fish? Could it have just been old age? I didn't have him long but he was a Petsmart fish and I know there's no way to tell how old they are. He seemed full grown at the time I got him. I hope this is not some weird disease that may have infected his tank mate!! i'm super worried and would appreciate any help!
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Old 11-17-2012, 03:51 AM   #2 
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SDFNAP. Happens among the best of us. However, I have had a few of those cases in the past, but I can't remember exactly how it occur. I think I boiled him or something along those line. Not exactly boiled, but the heater went crazy and shot up near 100 degrees F. I forget what the brand of the heater was, but it was a cheapo and very old, not sure they even make it anymore at that time. Btw, SDFNAP = sudden death for no apparent reason.
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:40 AM   #3 
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I'm really hoping he was just way older than I thought or something like that so that I don't end up losing the other fish too. So far, he's fine though.
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Old 11-17-2012, 09:07 AM   #4 
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The strange thing about this is he was flared and not clamped! I hope someone can shed light on this. I find it very mysterious!
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