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Old 12-11-2012, 10:16 PM   #1 
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Twitchy behavior?

My oldest Betta whom I have had for about a year was exhibiting strange behavior just a few minutes ago. He was 'twitchy'. I really don't know how else to explain it. He also seems like he was having troubles keeping his back side from floating upwards and he was bending in half. He doesn't look like he has any specks on him or 'dust' but he does have a lighter colored belly and his head down to half of his body is a brownish color.

He was recently moved to a 5 gallon tank about three weeks ago and since has been much more active and swimming rapidly back and fourth across his tank, but since it has been going on so long I figured it was because he has so much more room since I moved him from a one gallon tank. The tank is filtered and I did a 50% change just yesterday, using prime. There is a bit of ammonia in my tap water but his tank is starting to cycle out the ammonia. It was at 0 when I did the water change yesterday.

He does dig in the substrate sometimes but I haven't seen him flash against any tank decorations. I also have some white cottony like stuff (algae or slime mold?) on his new decorations that I have been cleaning off when it appears. His poo is long and brown.

I've been having issues getting any good pictures of him since he doesn't sit still! Here is the most recent one I have, though.
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:23 PM   #2 
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Housing
What size is your tank? 5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 78 degrees
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? Omega One pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3 pellets per day, freeze dried blood worms on Mondays

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Every week and one or two times in between
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50% weekly and 20% one or two times
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime as of yesterday's water change. Bettasafe before.

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

Ammonia:
Nitrite:0
Nitrate:5 (from tap water)
pH: 7.8 (my last water conditioner raised it from 7.4)
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Lighter belly, brownish body and head. Also, his caudal fin has a yellowish tint and his anal fin has a reddish tint. You can see where in the picture.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He's twitchy! D:
When did you start noticing the symptoms? A few minutes ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? I've had him for almost a year and bought him at Walmart

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Old 12-11-2012, 10:32 PM   #3 
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Could it be swim bladder?
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:40 PM   #4 
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It's possible.. But he really only has trouble with his back end floating upwards when he's sitting still. He doesn't stay near the top or bottom constantly. He is just.. Twitchy. Like, bending in half twitchy.
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:45 PM   #5 
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I've never heard of that happening before. He's still eating and everything?

Did a quick google search and some people with similar problems said it could be that something is irritating his scales or parasites.

If you can snap some pictures while he is swimming around of either side of him it's easier to examine them that way. Just to see if there's anything out of the ordinary unless you have very fast eyes (I don't ._. so I use a 14mega pixel camera to do examinations of my fish) to see if there's anything stuck on him or a scale coming off or something.
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:57 PM   #6 
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I have a 14 MP camera. I actually just turned out the lights and now he is sleeping like a rock in his usual spot behind the filter lol. He is eating like a starved and abandoned dog, still, so nothing unusual there either. I only fed him one pellet today, though.
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:08 PM   #7 
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Regular poo? Nothing white or stringy?
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:11 PM   #8 
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No, not that I have seen. It's been awhile since I've seen him in the act but the stuff I vacuum up off the bottom is all brown, slightly long.
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:15 PM   #9 
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That's good, that can help rule out any parasites.

It's hard not to worry about strange, new things the pets we have do ._. I'm constantly worrying over my fish and my dog(him especially after the $1200 surgery he had to have).

Hopefully it's just a funny feeling he doesn't like and it goes away quickly :3
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:22 PM   #10 
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My dog just drank my coffee...........
He also has a sore on his tail from a few days ago.

Thanks for your replies. I'll have to take more pictures and watch him closely... If he does it again I'll try to get a video because its kind of hard to explain, lol.
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