I just got a new VT female 2 days ago. She was acting healthy and fine when I got her, brought her home, and in the tank. Last night she suddenly started clamping her fins. Today, she is now laying about on the bottom behind her cup.
She does swims around if I check up on her, but she doesn't swim well, or at least how she was the first day. My last check up on her, she swam up to greet me, then swam a bit at the top, then stopped moving all together and floated a bit, then swam back to the bottom behind her cup.
I assumed right away it's the temp getting to her perhaps, and she's too cold- however the temp has been the same since I brought her home and it's odd how she's acting now.
I need some guidance on how to handle this, considering I've honestly never had a sick betta before. I cannot tell if she's sick or just stressed.
Tank: 10 gallon/ Split with another female. heated/baffled-filtered/awesome.
Water: Clean, tested, and 100% perfectly fine.
Temp: It's been crazy cold in my area, and my heater in the girl's tank has been sitting at 71 F to 73 F rather than the normal 78 F or higher.
(I do have another heater for 2-10 gallon- if the temp may be the issue can I add it to this tank, or is that dangerous to have more than one heater in a tank?)
- There are no physical markings or damages on this girl.
-The other girl isn't acting weird at all. She seems happy and healthy and not reacting to the lower than normal temperature.
- I have an extra backup tank, holds about 4-5 gallons I think, with that extra heater of mine. Should I just move her to that and see if she recovers?
- If she's just stressed, should I even try moving her into this hospital tank, or just let her be and clam herself down? I don't want to move her and end up killing her by stressing her out even more.
Thankies for your help, and hopefully you have enough info.
(I would take a picture of her, but she is hiding/laying behind a large black coffee cup.)