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Old 06-17-2010, 03:03 PM   #1 
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Very young fish? or un-betta like behavior ?

Problem with my new betta "Phantom" who I got about a week ago. I bought him at the same time as another betta from Petco who seems to be normal.
Phantom is almost transparent and you can see his blood vessels very clearly.
Unlike my other bettas who act normal Phantom rarely moves, he usually stays near the top of the tank, no signs of SBD, but he is very tiny (about 1/3 of the size of my bettas) In fact, except for his prominent and perfect DT finnage his body looks like a guppy.
He never swims around the tank.
Is he just a very young fish or is there something wrong here?
I change the water 100% every 2-3 days and siphon out waste from his barebottom 1.5 gallon critter keeper that has a plant in it. (I had a terra cotta pot but took it out, because i thought it might be causing his weird behavior).
He also eats well (I am feeding pellets 3 2xday) but just slowly moves towards the food (not like a rabid shark)
His water is conditioned tap water just like the other bettas and he has a heater that ranges from 76-78.
Before I got him someone told me he might have some sort of disease since you could see the veins, but there are no red patches, or anything visually wrong with the fish.
I am starting to get a little creeped out by this, and am worried he might have some kind of transferable disease.

Also, I am using our kitchen sink to clean tanks (and then bleaching the sink) and also sharing his turkey baster with the other new fish (just rinsing it with hot water)
Can I have some advice on better cleaning methods?
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Old 06-17-2010, 03:29 PM   #3 
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How long have you had him? If you just got him it might be transferring shock.
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Old 06-17-2010, 03:31 PM   #4 
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h wait dident see that you have had him a week, mm normaly transferring shock goes away after about 3 days. Well I'm sorry but maybe he's sick, check in the deiseses and health section of the site and look at sicknesses and symtoms of the sickness. or if you dont find your answer there look it up on the internet.
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I did and I don't see anything relative
He has PERFECT finnage actually.
On a side note he does not flare and doesn't build bubble nests.
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Old 06-17-2010, 03:45 PM   #6 
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I've read that these types of bettas can be more sensitive and delicate than colored bettas, I'm wondering if he is formed wrong or has some disease like TB or bacterial, has anyone had experience with a fish like this where you can see the veins? Is he a mutant?
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Old 06-17-2010, 04:11 PM   #7 
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IME-with the light bodied Betta it is normal to be able to see the veins like that.
Is he having any other symptoms other than being lethargic?
With young Bettas they seem to be more active in my experience, so something may be wrong, it is hard to tell.....

He has always been lethargic since you got him...correct? he is eating, temp is good, water change 100% every 2-3 days and in a 1.5g critter keeper..filtration?

I would start by making daily 50% water changes and increase the water temp to 80F, you could also put more stuff in the tank like fake or real plants and hiding places so that he feels secure......

This is a hard one......he could just be taking longer to adjust than normal
He is a beautiful Betta by the way......
One more question....did he seem lethargic when you bought him, was he ever active?
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Old 06-17-2010, 07:44 PM   #8 
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Well that's a relief about the veins, thought it might be some blood infection
I don't have a filter, I just do 100% wc in the critter keepers for now.
He has always been very laid back and chill, now that you mention it, even those three weeks he was in the pet store, and he doesn't flare so maybe he is really young. Weird.
I actually stumbled upon a great little cave/plant fixture that's perfect size for him and put it in his aquarium and he immediately hid in it, then came out for some acrobatic swimming, (which I rewarded with a blood worm section) so he'll stop being scared..
And then I got a picture of him that's not blurry finally!
I am posting it here.
Thank you for the consult I will keep you posted, he is very unique-and hope healthy!
One more thing, do you think aquarium salt might be good for him for a bit?
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Here's a photo of him compared in size to the other two bettas, I circled them
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