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Old 02-18-2013, 11:33 PM   #1 
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Found Red on the pump casing in the tank?

I just found my beta lying on top of the plastic casing of the pump in the tank. The top of the casing is out of the water!

I gently pushed him back in the water, and he seemed perturbed that I had moved him, and swam down to hide under one of the plants in his tank.

5gal tank with pump/filter
Current temp - about 80 (but can't confirm - one thermometer broken, other MIA). Temperature did drop a bit earlier today, so we had to bring the temperature back up - he was sluggish when the temp was down, but he seems to be back to normal besides the jump attempt...

Water parameters - tested this morning with a test strip, all normal

We've had Red since Saturday, so age? 3-6 months

Any suggestions? THANKS IN ADVANCE

* JUST A NOTE - my avatar was a pic of him taken this afternoon.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:38 PM   #2 
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Do you have a lid for your tank? Bettas are known to jump.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:40 PM   #3 
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Yes, there's a lid, thankfully!
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:42 PM   #4 
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He just did it again... Should I be concerned? He's half out of water when he does it... He's so new, I have no idea if this is normal for him or what...
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:44 PM   #5 
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And....he jumped through the lid; between the lid and....

wait pump like filter or pump like something else?
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:44 PM   #6 
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I would cover the space so he can't jump out. What a goofy fish. :P
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:50 PM   #7 
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It's one of these really small mini-pumps with a foam filter designed for a 3-5 gallon tank that is submerged on the side of the tank with suction cups. I've pushed it down a little further into the water so that even if he lays down, he should be able to get himself off... Still weird! Through the years, Red would be our 5th or 6th betta (not counting the 2 that died within a week of getting them), and I've never had a jumper... But I did have 2 fancy goldfish when I lived in China that would move the marbles in the bottom of their bowl...
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There is no way he can jump through the holes in the lid, thankfully!
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:54 PM   #9 
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Oh wow I thought you were saying that he was jumping out of the tank entirely, and just landing on the pump's lid by chance.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:55 PM   #10 
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Really all you can do is make sure he can't get out of his tank completely. Lowering it into the water was the best thing you could do. There isn't anything else I can think to suggest, honestly. Sorry, lol.
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