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Old 08-06-2013, 02:24 PM   #1 
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Do any of your fish prefer a smaller tank?

My girl who I thought may be sick still just floats near the top all the time. She is not showing any signs of illness, she is upright, alert, and swims around like a little bullet when she thinks she is going to be fed, but otherwise is completely still at the top 100% of the time. Her temperature is correct, her water parameters are good, I already went through all that in the emergency thread. She is in a 1 gal bowl which of course is deep and not wide. Should I move her to something smaller and shallower? Have you noticed any of your fish prefer a smaller space? Would she be happier with a friend? Like a neon tetra or something?
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Old 08-06-2013, 02:27 PM   #2 
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You could do a wider tank. Also do you have any plants or anything for her to perch on?
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Old 08-06-2013, 02:28 PM   #3 
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Yes, she has plants that she is completely uninterested in. She was more active in the cup I brought her home in, which is why I'm thinking maybe shallower?
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Old 08-06-2013, 02:31 PM   #4 
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Or maybe I should set up a small community tank? She got very active, but not aggressive when I showed her a mirror
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Old 08-06-2013, 02:35 PM   #5 
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Does she have anything to do in there? I find that if they have plants or a house or a ping pong ball or a mirror ie:something to do, they will do it. I provide IAL for all my male fish just so they can blow bubbles and have something to guard. I have lots of plants in the tanks and they enjoy swimming through them. I have a few guppies in with one of my giants to keep him entertained. They are far too quick for him to catch but he will chase them a few times a day. I'm considering making breeding mops and putting in with my females. A breeding mop is just a mass of yarn strands tied together. It is meant to be like a plant. It looks like a mop head. Anyway, my girls like playing in breeding mops so I bought some more yarn and will make some for the girls in the small containers.
I wouldn't put and tank mates in a 1 gallon bowl.

I know giants are prone to bloat and will just sit still all day-sometimes they will act the way they do when they are bloated but you can't see any bloating. I'll dose with epsom salt for 3-4 days and they go back to playing again. I haven't had that with the small fish yet but worth a shot if yours just sits still all day.
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She has plants yes, a taller one and then some short grass like stuff ( all plastic but I made sure they were really soft) She wont move to even see what the plants are. Every time I walk up to her I think she's dead. Its driving me crazy. I could try the Epsom salt though.
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Have you considered moving her to a bigger space? A 1 g bowl is a small space.
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I don't have a bigger space for her now, and since she doesn't even move about her 1 g I hadn't really thought about it. She is very small, and many people keep happy bettas in a 1g so I didn't think the size would be an issue...
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I don't have a bigger space for her now, and since she doesn't even move about her 1 g I hadn't really thought about it. She is very small, and many people keep happy bettas in a 1g so I didn't think the size would be an issue...
She actually could be bored or depressed (thus the recommendation for a bigger space), which could be the reason she is not moving around. People do keep Betta in 1 g. However, it is too small for you to get her a tank mate.

Is she in a high traffic area? If it is, maybe move her to a low traffic area. If she is not, move her to a high traffic area. Betta are sensitive to what is going on around them. She could either love lots of people, or hate lots of people.
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Old 08-06-2013, 03:44 PM   #10 
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My Samson acted the same way when I first got him. He was in a small 1 gallon at first, and had very little interest in his plants. But when I moved him to his 5 gallon, he got extremely excited and began to move around and explore much more! He now utilizes all of his tank space and most of his decor. I think bettas like mine get bored very easily, and the more space and things they have to look at, the better! :)
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