Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Betta Fish Care
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-25-2008, 02:30 PM   #1 
magicalDYZ
New Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Exclamation Betta acting weird, not sure what to do

I got two Betta's from a store about two months ago. One has not stopped making bubbles and seems as happy as can be. The other was doing the same up until about three days ago. Since the last time I changed his water he has been more or less just floating at the top of his tank and not eating. Also, he is looking very dull. I am not sure what happened to him nor what I should do about it. If anyone has any suggestions that would be very appreciated.
magicalDYZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2008, 02:37 PM   #2 
dramaqueen
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Central Texas
What and how often do you feed him?
dramaqueen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2008, 02:40 PM   #3 
Kim
Member
 
Kim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
We need more info. Tank sizes, heated, filtered, water change schedule? Do you use a water conditioner? Any other signs?
Kim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2008, 02:49 PM   #4 
magicalDYZ
New Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
I feed him Wardley Essential, pellets, twice a day and then about once a week a few bloodworms. The tank is 2.5 gallons, it is not heated, but I have a thermometer attached to the tank that says it is around 75. No filter, and I change 50% of the water once every week. I use filtered water but have never tested it.
magicalDYZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2008, 02:52 PM   #5 
Kim
Member
 
Kim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Have you checked ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels? I'm thinking in an uncycled tank that size I would be doing 2 50% changes weekly. Also, you will want to get a heater. I don't know where you live, but it has to be winter sometime and bettas really thrive best in a temp of 78-80.

I don't really know what you mean by "filtered water" but what I really need to know is if you use a water conditioner that neutralizes chlorine and chloramines.
Kim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2008, 02:58 PM   #6 
magicalDYZ
New Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Do you know what would have made him turn around so fast? I do have a bubbler in both tanks, and used the same water to change the tanks? I guess I just cant understand why one Betta would be effected and not the other one. Other than that, if you think that a heater might save him, what kind would you recommend? and thanks again for your help.
magicalDYZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2008, 08:18 AM   #7 
Kim
Member
 
Kim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Heaters are always good for betta tanks. I do not have tanks that small myself, but I have heard good things about the 25 watt stealth heaters in tanks that size. You want one with a thermostat, not just a "mini heater" which are often inaccurate and can cause major temperature fluctuations.

As for what could have made him turn so quickly, I was thinking something in the water from the water change (such as chlorine) but if you used the same water in both tanks that would not really explain it. It really is hard to tell, but some bettas are just more sensitive than others. Did you have any trouble when doing the water change, it may be stress. Also, sometimes stress can bring out other problems such as internal parasites. What do his poops look like/is he pooping? Brown is normal while white and stringy is a sign of internal parasites or constipation. Does he look bloated? Is he having trouble swimming straight, and does he seem unable to swim down? These are signs of swimbladder disorder.

Things like this are hard, so I am just really throwing things out there in hopes of stumbling on the right one.

Keep us posted.
Kim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2008, 12:04 AM   #8 
iamntbatman
Member
 
iamntbatman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Maryland
Hmmm...after two months' time, I would assume that the tanks are probably pretty well cycled by now, so I wouldn't suspect water quality issues. It's impossible to rule them out, though, so getting yourself a good liquid test kit and testing for the water parameters Kim asked for is a good idea. The test kit is really an essential tool, but in the meantime you can also take a sample of your water to a fish store and have them test it for you. Just be sure they use a liquid test kit or electronic probes and give you precise numbers for pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate.

However, as I said it would be somewhat unusual for a tank two months old to have a sudden ammonia spike or something, so I would guess that there's something else wrong with your fish, such as the maladies Kim suggested.
iamntbatman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2008, 10:04 AM   #9 
Kim
Member
 
Kim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Oh gee, I was mixing up a couple posts so I thought that they had done a 100% change, not a 50%. My error.
Kim is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
fish tank acting weird rockstar26 Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories 7 08-30-2009 09:50 AM
Anna is acting...weird. AngelicScars Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies 22 06-30-2009 08:24 PM
He's acting weird again TheCassinator Betta Fish Care 12 01-22-2009 05:41 PM
My betta is acting weird! steph5 Betta Fish Care 3 01-08-2009 05:00 PM
I need help with my girl betta, she is acting weird. jnetski3 Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies 1 10-01-2008 06:21 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:42 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.