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Old 10-08-2009, 08:51 PM   #1 
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i have two bettas in seperate aquariums and both of them just lay on the bottom most of the time...is this normal? i'm new to fish in general not just bettas
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Old 10-08-2009, 09:34 PM   #2 
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How big are their tanks? Are they heated, and do you keep the water clean?
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Old 10-08-2009, 10:38 PM   #3 
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I wouldn't consider it normal behavior- it's usually a sign that they need more room or are cold- betta have big tails and are strong swimmers- if the bowl/tank is very small its like expecting an athletic person to jog in an elevator- it's very difficult for them to get exercise without smacking their heads on the sides so they just stop trying and lie at the bottom.
here's a forum members fish Zeus swimming around- this is the behavior of a healthy betta with lots of room
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0q1uRqQ_efY
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Old 10-09-2009, 06:30 AM   #4 
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no they are not heated... when i was at the pet store i was looking at all the different kinds of fish the guy came over and told me that the ones i was looking at needed heated tanks...so i looked around and saw the bettas sitting on the self and he told me they didn't need heat and i could even but a goldfish in the tank and i know they are a cold water fish and yes i keep both tanks very clean
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Old 10-09-2009, 06:33 AM   #5 
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Bettas are tropical fish and need temperatures between 76 and 82 degrees.
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Old 10-09-2009, 06:40 AM   #6 
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The guy at the petstore gave you (partially) bad advice. Goldfish are coldwater fish, but your bettas need heated tanks. That's why they're inactive.
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Old 10-09-2009, 07:05 AM   #7 
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i don't know what i can do then the tanks are to small for a heater and my parents keep the house at 69 degrees 68 at night
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Old 10-09-2009, 08:14 AM   #8 
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what size is the tank? they make the minihydor 7.5 watt heaters that heat up to 5 gallons. you can get them at walmart for around $7. but id definately get a thermometer to make sure it doesnt get over 80 in the tank.

and NEVER put a goldfish with your betta.
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Old 10-09-2009, 08:17 AM   #9 
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the tanks are 1 gallon each so....a normal heater will probally fry them and i don't want that either
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Old 10-09-2009, 01:20 PM   #10 
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You could get a heat lamp to put over the tanks.
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