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Old 11-29-2010, 10:37 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Betta has heat shock

I've had my betta over two years with NO problems and I let my friend babysit it for Thanksgiving and get it back laying on it's side pretty much unresponsive at the bottom of the bowl. She said it looked cold so she kept dumping half of the cold water out and putting hot water in to warm it up. I am pretty sure it got heat shock from the hot water- what do I do to fix it??!!

I'll be so sad if my betta dies... :( :( :(
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Old 11-29-2010, 10:44 PM   #2 
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Just avoid bothering him too much. Keep an eye on him and he should recover.
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Old 11-29-2010, 10:48 PM   #3 
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Poor little guy!! :( :( :(
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Old 11-29-2010, 11:02 PM   #4 
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I'm sure your friend didn't mean to do any harm to your fish. It's just common believe that animals like "warm"... try to maintain his water temperature on 77-78 and I'm sure he'll get better.
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Old 11-29-2010, 11:07 PM   #5 
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Exclamation Not sure about recovery

Does anyone know about their gal bladder getting off balance? he's stuck totally on his side, when he tries to swim up (rarely) he can get like an inch and then falls back down on his side.... do you think it might be too late?!?!

man i am so bummed, this guys been with me for so long and never had a problem ever!
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Old 11-29-2010, 11:29 PM   #6 
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Unhappy gas chamber off balance?

i didnt mean galbladder, i meant gas chamber? he cant get upright at all, he's totally stuck on his side and when he tries to swim up he swims up sideways and falls back down!
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Old 11-29-2010, 11:30 PM   #7 
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are you sure your friend added dechlorinator to the new water? maybe try lowering the water level so he can breath easier??
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Old 11-29-2010, 11:32 PM   #8 
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that sounds like a swim bladder issue, if he is unable to get to the surface as it is you can lower the water level to make it easier for him. do you know what her feeding schedule was while you were away?
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Yes, it sounds like swim bladder disorder. Does he look bloated? Maybe he caught a cold because of the extreme temperature changes and it's affecting his bladder.
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Old 11-30-2010, 01:04 AM   #10 
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Unhappy not bloated, not tons of food

he doesn't look bloated at all, I don't know exactly how much she fed him but I dont think it was abnormally more than I've fed him before, he has a pretty strong appetite because he is really active and swims around in his plants a lot. he seems like he's breathing really heavily too, its been a few hours of me watching him and he hasn't even tried to swim up at all a single time
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