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Old 05-19-2009, 05:50 PM   #1 
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New user, new owner, sad betta?

Howdy.
I'm Sean. Last wednesday in my lunch break I bought a betta fish. We've been meaning to get one for the office for a while now and I finally took the plunge. I bought a little dark blue one and named him Tiberius. I was afraid that he was a bit down in the dumps when we first got him because he was very dull and what I'd read about bettas led me to believe they were brightly coloured. Thankfully he brightened up considerably after being put in a larger tank then the horrible small ones the pet shop had and being fed. He's been here for about a week now and I haven't bene in at work the past couple of days. I noticed that he seemed to have started some bubble nests against the edges of the top of the tank, which I thought was cool. However, he seems to be spending a lot of his time laying next to his rock ornatment on the bottom of the tank. Is he depressed? Is there something I can do? I'm planning to get a little ball that floats for him to play with, as soon as I find a suitable one. I'll try to take a picture of him to post during ym lunch break.
Thanks in advance for any help.
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Old 05-19-2009, 05:55 PM   #2 
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How big is his tank, if its too small or too cold he could become lethargic, if not maybe hes just relaxing
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Old 05-19-2009, 05:56 PM   #3 
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he seems to still getting comfortable with the tank or hes not a very active fish it just depends and you said that he was still making bubble nests then hes happy and not a very active fish which is fine
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Old 05-19-2009, 06:10 PM   #4 
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As long he is in a tank of atleast 1 gallon, preferably 2.5 gallons and has weekly water changes he should be fine, keep him warm too.

He might be depressed, I've seen it happen. I reccomend having 2 bettas, right next to eachother, it's not stressful so don't worry. It will help though.
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Old 05-19-2009, 06:20 PM   #5 
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The largest tank I'm allowed to have on my desk holds about 4 liters.
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Old 05-19-2009, 08:17 PM   #6 
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I think he'll be fine as long as water changes are kept up with. In containers that small, the waster needs to be changes about 2 times a week.
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Old 05-19-2009, 10:19 PM   #7 
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That's probably it then - I'll change it asap.

He's perked up a bit today, but he's still laying down in and in his rock regulary.
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Old 05-19-2009, 11:45 PM   #8 
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He needs a heater or the room to be quite warm.
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Old 05-20-2009, 09:39 AM   #9 
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He is probably fine. Just make sure to change the water often. You are using water conditioner/dechlorinator, right? And I'd check the temperature. Bettas do best with high 70's or low 80's. I wouldn't have anything under 75. You may need to get a heater.
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Old 05-20-2009, 03:39 PM   #10 
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Yes, I used conditioner. The bottle said to use 5 drops per liter.

How warm should the water be in degrees celsius? I'm a down under man. :)
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