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Old 06-23-2014, 06:34 PM   #11 
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I'm only 12, so I can't afford a heater right now. Today I saw him laying on his side, and I don't think he is just getting used to things, he looks sick
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Old 06-23-2014, 06:45 PM   #12 
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Okay if he is looking unwell then the next step is to work out why.
Have a look over his body, do you see any fluffy or slimy stuff on him anywhere? If you shine a light on him does he appear to shine gold like someone poured glitter on him?
For the time being I recommend that you keep his water clean and wrap his tank/sit it on a blanket or towel, this will speed up the usefulness of his heater and help to keep the water's temp steady.

If you see signs of itching (he will ram into things or smack himself about to try and scratch) or his appetite doesnt come back soon we can begin looking into possible illnesses he may have gotten at the pet store.
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Old 06-23-2014, 07:28 PM   #13 
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I understand that you are twelve but the reality of the situation is that if you do not get a heater, as your parents to buy you one as there are very affordable ones at Petco, he will pass.

Bettas absolutely need a heater for a long healthy life.
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Old 06-23-2014, 07:46 PM   #14 
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It's harsh to declare that without a heater a compromised Betta will die. None of us knows that with any certainty and, IMO, it's a incredibly cruel to make an already distressed owner feel even more helpless and guilty.

To the OP: I hope your Betta will recover. However, if he does not please know his lack of a heater will not be the cause and don't let anyone tell you it is.

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Old 06-23-2014, 09:20 PM   #15 
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I too hope your betta pulls through. I suggest answering Taeanna's questions above regarding his appearance and maybe we can figure him out. Describe any changes you've noticed in the last while.
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Old 06-23-2014, 10:02 PM   #16 
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My fish is my highest priority right now, and my parents are cheap, cheap people who do not understand what a fish needs. I will try my best to keep the fishes temperature at a constant 76-80. His fins are red at the tips, I'm not sure if it just his natural coloration or ammonia/fin rot. He does not have a gold speckled or fungusy body.
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Old 06-23-2014, 10:03 PM   #17 
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The heater does work. It is just very underpowered for my fish tank
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Old 06-23-2014, 10:17 PM   #18 
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Hence why keeping something around the tank is a great idea. also when cleaning it next pop a buffer like a towel or washcloth underneath it- this prevents heat being sucked out into the table underneath.

If he doesnt appear to have any outward signs of infection then he can either have something internal or be responding to stress. In the pictures you submitted he does not appear to be clamping which is good, have you seen him folding al his fins close or getting a war stripe behind his eye/along his body?
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Old 06-24-2014, 07:38 PM   #19 
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He sometimes clamps his fins but not much it's noticeable
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By the sounds of for now he is merely feeling a little overwhelmed. I recommend giving him 4-7 days to settle in and see if his behavior settles down, if in that time he starts to stripe up or scratch it may be something else.
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