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Old 08-16-2013, 05:33 PM   #1 
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Exclamation irregular behavior

i'm not exactly sure how this site works, because i'm new to it; but i have some questions about my betta..i'm not sure if he's sick or just being himself!

i recently bought a betta fish (about a week ago), and for the first three days he was in a classic bowl (your typical fish bowl, not sure if i can explain any better) with rocks. i felt this was too small for him, so my mom took me out to get a bigger tank with more decorations and a filter. we put some plants along with three bigger rocks, and the smaller rocks. there was originally a filter attached, but he was afraid of it, so i took it out. ever since, he's been mellow, and causally swimming around. OH and note that ever since I moved him into the new tank he was a bit pale, but he's back to being vivid now!! ANYWAYS, about an hour ago I saw he was swimming around RAPIDLY towards the top of the tank, this is uncommon because I usually see him at the bottom of the tank. i check his fins, coloring, made sure he doesn't have any lumps or anything scary like that. i was just curious if he was sick because he's swimming so rapidly so randomly. he's still a young fish...for the last hour he's been switching from swimming fast to how he's been usually swimming. SORRY FOR THE LONG POST! i'm just worried and paranoid as a new fish owner :)

again, i don't understand how to utilize this website, so my apologies for an inconvenience !!
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Old 08-16-2013, 05:37 PM   #2 
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I am wondering if something is not right with your fishes' water parameters. You need a water test kit to see if either the ammonia, nitrites or nitrates are off.

I have the one from API (Freshwater Test Kit) it sold at Petsmart, Petco or any other pet stores in your area.

Please send us pictures of your fish so that others who are a little bit more experience can offer further advice.

Take care and write soon.
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Old 08-16-2013, 10:06 PM   #3 
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Welcome to the site! Could you please fill out the form below? This will give people more information, so they can try to help determine what's wrong.

Answer whatever you can. If you can't answer a question, just leave it blank or write "NA."

What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?
How much do you feed him each time?

How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
When was the last time you changed the water? Describe how you did this.

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?


Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
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