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Old 12-14-2009, 10:31 AM   #1 
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Unhappy My new bettas not moving

I just purchased 2 bettas yesterday. They are both male and in a divided tank. One is doing fine but the other one has not moved in the last 30 minutes or so. He is just sitting at the bottom. Should I be concerned?
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Old 12-14-2009, 10:45 AM   #2 
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What's the temperature of the tank?

How's the water quality?

How big is the tank?

Do you have a filter?
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Old 12-14-2009, 10:50 AM   #3 
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He could be just sleeping but it could also be that the waters too cold. Great questions bettakeeper!
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Old 12-14-2009, 10:50 AM   #4 
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Yes, there is a filter. The water temp and quality should be fine, we added the water conditioner. Do bettas "rest"? I thought I read somewhere that they did.
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Old 12-14-2009, 10:57 AM   #5 
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Yes, they do sleep. You should make a schedule of when to turn the lights on and off because they don't like constant 24 hour light. I turn mine off during the day and turn them on at night. Do you know what the exact water temp is? I used to stick my fingers in the tank and say, 'oh that feels fine' until I put the thermometer in and it wasn't fine.lol There are some heaters that you can buy that keep the water at 78 degrees. The temp needs to be 76-82 degrees.
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Old 12-14-2009, 11:06 AM   #6 
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I agree with BettaxFishxCrazy

He probably is sleeping then but if he shows any unusual behavior then he might be sick.

Signs of illness and stress

- clamped fins
- shimmy (looks like the fish is swimming fast but is staying in place)
- ich spots (white dots on skin and fins)
- red or white sores
- fin rot (torn or ripped fins)
- gasping at the surface
- glancing (fish rubs itself on objects or gravel)

ect.

Hope this helps.
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Old 12-14-2009, 11:25 AM   #7 
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Yes this does help!!! Thank you!! I am going to buy a heater right now!!
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That's awesome!
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Old 12-14-2009, 11:34 AM   #9 
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I'm glad we helped :)
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Old 12-14-2009, 11:36 AM   #10 
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I would also give them some time to settle in. Tape some paper around the tank, keep the tank lights off and try to minimize any loud noises or activity (hair dryers, music, TV, guests) in the room the tank is in. Bettas are smart little guys and sometimes a change of scenery will throw them off.

Provide some hiding spots for them as well. Remember every time a betta is introduced to a new tank they have no idea if they are encroaching on the territory of another male.
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