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Old 12-12-2010, 09:23 PM   #1 
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New Walmart Betta Fish acts odd.

Okay, so I'm well aware that Betta fishes from Walmart are usually treated horrible. My boyfriend bought me one for my birthday yesterday and he's a male red Crowntail. So he bought him a little half gallon bowl (our budget is kinda bad right now) and we have a little figurine in the middle of it. The bowl has a light over it also. He got him 3 different types of food as well. But, I don't know if it's just where his surroundings are new, but he's really scary acting. Like, if I put my hand over his bowl he flips out and starts swimming and trying to get away. Then sometimes he'll just sit around and "idle" himself. Is this typical? I've only had him for one day.
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Old 12-12-2010, 09:32 PM   #3 
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Alright so I think I might have found the issue. I think my betta fish is in too cold of water which is making him lethargic. I don't have a near Walmart and I dont have a heater for his tank. What should I do? I really don't want him to die.
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Sometimes it takes a new guy to get used to his new surroundings the water might have also been a shock too. He should start eating food in a few days I wouldnt try to worry to much. He might also be cold if he doesn't have a heater and that will make him lethargic.
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I would raise the temperature in the room and you can buy heaters almost anywhere but I'm not sure for they will have them for a small bowl.
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I've definitely got to do something. He's too cold.
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For now try to raise the temp in the room betta need to be around 80 degrees F and try to find a heater for him you can order them online if the stores are to far away.
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I just turned on the heat. I'm thinking about throwing a wet warm washrag under his bowl and trying to gradually heat it up
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When the power went out i floated hot water bags in my tropical tank. The bags having water about 85 degrees and I kept filling them making sure that the tank never went below 75 degrees. Only because I didnt have those little heater packs. Your fish is probably shocked by the new transfer just dont make any other sudden shifts in his environment or it could get him really sick.
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Okay. I have one of those little floor heaters that blows heat by a fan. I have it aimed at his bowl. He's moving around a lot more now (it's been on him for about 5 minutes). I think that was the issue. I'm going to get him a bigger bowl soon though.
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