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Old 12-07-2010, 11:35 PM   #1 
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Quick, stupid question.

Quick question, How can i tell the difference between it being asleep... (do they sleep?) and dead? I came home today (after turning his light off) and he wasnt moving, me scared a bit, turn his light on then he moves around.

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Old 12-07-2010, 11:48 PM   #2 
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when they are dead they very stiff and float around on their sides or in a very odd way.
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Old 12-07-2010, 11:49 PM   #3 
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not a stupid question at all, it scares me every time i see one of the boys/girls sleeping
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Old 12-07-2010, 11:52 PM   #4 
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Ok cool he was floatin straight like normal swimming so I wont worry anymore :)

I was thinkin my room may be too cold, but im picking that new tank up tomorrow so i'll be gettin a heater and not have to worry no morez :)
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Old 12-07-2010, 11:54 PM   #5 
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yea when they sleep they float right side up just kinda chillin

congrats on the new tank/heater, your boy is gonna love it and itll be a huge stress relief. just be sure to get a glass thermometer so you can guard against cooking your fish, not all heaters work perfectly like advertised
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Aight, any advised heaters for cheaper at petco or petsmart or something?
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Old 12-08-2010, 12:03 AM   #7 
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With heaters you either get the cheep preset heaters with can go for like $17 at walmart, but they are really hit or miss and rarely keep you tank warmer then 76, and generaly have a shorter workable lifespan. its livable for a betta for sure, and wont ever cook him, but its not optimal and makes it harder to treat him if he gets sick. most adjustable heaters are starting at the mid $20 range, and are totally worth the added investment. They will keep your water around the 78-80 mark no problem, and can go higher if you are treating for illness. most adjustable heaters are about the same wherever you go, but sometimes you can find them on sale when stores update their inventory. my local petland is selling 50watt adjustable heaters for $12 because they ordered waaaaaaay too many on accident, plus they have some older models on sale too. id call a few places to see if they are running a sale, but if not just head to whatever is closer to you
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Old 12-08-2010, 12:14 AM   #8 
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Thanks, I will call around and ask for some 50 watt ones.
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how big is the tank you are getting? if it is smaller then 10 gallons, a 25 watt heater should suffice... and is usually cheaper
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Old 12-08-2010, 12:30 AM   #10 
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I think its a 10
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