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Old 06-20-2010, 08:04 PM   #1 
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Lethargy and fear

Hi all, New to the forum, but not new to fish keeping. I have two bettas, the one that is acting strange I've had for about a little over a year. He resides in a 2.5 gal tank, water is declorinated and changed every 7-10 days. Latest change is three days ago with about a 1/8 tsp of aquarium salt.

Healthy up to now. A fin nipper though not severe so his fins always seem to look ragged. During his last water change, I lifted him out of the tank using his hiding glass. I've found this to be a very gentle way as not to scare him or stress him during his changes as he can scare fairly easily.

For some reason he freaked this time. Since the water change he is very reluctant to come to come up for food which he would eagerly do before. Yesterday and today I did get him to come up once or twice for a pellet but he dashed back to the bottom almost as if he were out of breath.

He also seems more lathargic. Though not as active as my other betta, he is less so now. Spending more time sleeping than before sometimes seeming to pant.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts.
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Old 06-20-2010, 08:12 PM   #2 
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Get a heater and set it for 80 degrees believe me it will help.=)
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Old 06-20-2010, 08:15 PM   #3 
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A heater would probably help a LOT. You can get a really cheap one at walmart for around 12-14 bucks. :)
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Its $15 plus tax.
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Thanks for the suggestions but I'm not getting the connection between what's happended since his water change and temperature. The temp here has been in the 80's anyway the past few days.
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:26 AM   #6 
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Plopped his heater back in last night as suggested. New development today, now will take food but spit it back out. I've also noticed him going to surface to gulp air. I'm baffled. No fin clamping.
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Things are not looking good for my guy Ted. Water change today with more aquarium salt. No improvements and maybe worse. Doesn't seem to be coming up for food at all now. Is simply resting on the leaf of his plant. This is day 5. Water temp is 80 degrees. There is no bloating, no fin clamping. He just seems to be very lethargic. Some panting but not always. As a reminder, he started this 5 days ago with a water change when he got very freaked out and presumably stressed because of it. He's a somewhat skiddish guy anyway. Nothing has changed about his water. I'm baffled and pretty concerned.
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I would start by doing some daily 50-100% water changes for several days to rule out water issues, is the tank filtered?
Also, check him for velvet to rule that out.
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Tank is not filtered, but I use filtered water. I agree that doing more frequent changes are important (I learned early on that often that is the cause and a quick and easy cure). I will continue to do that but am not holding out hope for water issues. Velvet was a good thought as well. I'm not seeing the usual signs including clenched fins, rubbing, or goldish flects on the body or gills. Will check more tonight in the dark. Thanks. Good brainstorming. Keeping fingers crossed.
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Have you always used filter water since you had him- and if so, are you replacing the minerals that can be filter out.....
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