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Old 10-21-2013, 10:12 AM   #1 
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Betta sank while eating

Occasionally when my betta is eating he will stop moving and sink for a second and swim away again but this morning he decided to sink till he nearly went face first into the rocks. is this somthing i should be concerned about .
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Old 10-21-2013, 02:17 PM   #2 
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Did he stay at the bottom? Does it look like he has trouble swimming to the top?
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Old 10-21-2013, 02:27 PM   #3 
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no, he stopped when he landed on a plant about 3/4 the way down then eventually snapped out of it and started swimming around. hes a active fish and doesn't seem to be have any troubles swimming, he immediately swam back to the top and finished eating .
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Old 10-22-2013, 11:25 AM   #4 
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Old 10-22-2013, 11:31 AM   #5 
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Sorry, I'm not sure... one of my bettas had swim bladder disorder and he had a lot of trouble getting to the top and as soon as he grabbed a pellet he would sink back down again. Eventually he stopped swimming because it was too hard for him.
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ahh i see, sorry to hear that.
he seems fine toady, when it happens it almost seems like narcolepsy cause he just stops flapping his fins and everything and just tanks
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Old 10-22-2013, 11:34 AM   #7 
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Goofy fish, they are. And each is different. As long as he keeps bouncing back, eating well and is active and "normal", I wouldn't worry.
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Good to know, thank you
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Old 10-22-2013, 11:41 AM   #9 
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I have very little experience with SBD but that is what it sounds like to me. I had one that would always sink or rest on plants in the tank. He would more twitch his way from one side of the tank to the other rather than swim. You may want to do a search on swim bladder disorder.

How does he get around the tank before feeding? What are your feeding and how often?
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Old 10-22-2013, 11:45 AM   #10 
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he swims around quite regularly and will somtimes patrol the front of the tank around then bottom, he never actually touches the bottom usually except for his tail, around 7 or 8 at night he will usually be resting on plants near the surface though.
I feed him bettamin once in the morning and occasionally at night me or my wife will give him a HBH beta treat or two

Edit: is it possible the bettamin is causing constipation?

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