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Old 02-27-2013, 01:05 AM   #1 
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Betta very lethargic, help.

I recently purchased a betta. I bought a tank and had it filtered and heated more than 24 hours before purchasing my betta. I noticed when I got him he was very calm and had a big belly. I didn't think much of it but I saw that some of the other bettas were more aggressive than he was, I liked him nonetheless. I finally had the chance to put him in his new home and all he does is float around. I've seen him swim a bit but the filter kinda just pushes him til he gets caught on something. He'll stay in that position he was caught in even if he's upside down. I'm worried because I don't know if he's sick or just adjusting to his new home. The temperature is at 80 degrees Fahrenheit he has two plants and I don't really know what to do. Please help?
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Old 02-27-2013, 03:04 AM   #2 
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That is NOT normal behavior. A healthy betta will not lay upside down or just float around.

How big is your tank? If the filter is causing him issues, you may want to turn off the filter and see if he can swim any better. His stomach does look pretty big and that MAY cause him to have issues with his swim bladder. If that is the case, then yes, they can swim and float in all sorts of weird ways.

If it is swim bladder disorder then treat him with 1 tespoon of EPSOM salt per gallon. Use PLAIN, UNSCENTED EPSOM. Mae sure it is disolved and slowly acclimate him into it - just as you are supposed to do when you add a fish into new tank water.

If he is not going to the surface for air or having issues swimming to get to the surface - either lower the water level or put him bac into the cup he came in and let the cup float in the tank so that the water will stay warm.
Do not feed him for a day or so.

Are any of his scales sticking out like a pinecone?
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Old 02-27-2013, 05:44 PM   #3 
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How did you acclimate him to the new water?
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