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Old 01-28-2011, 07:28 AM   #1 
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Is my betta ok?

I just got my betta about 2 days ago from a petco. I put him in a half gallon tank with some gravel and a live plant. He only stays either at the bottom or at the top of the water (mostly at the top corner) and rarely swims around even if he has a good amount of room to swim. He also does not flare even if I put a mirror in front of him. He eats just fine; I feed him 2 pellets a day. The temperature of my tank is about 70˚F. I don't see any fin tears or significant spots. Is this normal behavior for a new betta?. I was also wondering if anyone could tell me what kind of betta he is. He was labelled delta tail but i don't think he is.

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Old 01-28-2011, 08:29 AM   #2 
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He might be getting settled. Do consider that 70* is pretty chilly. Bettas are a tropical fish and usually the recommendation is high 70s.
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Old 01-28-2011, 08:36 AM   #3 
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yeah...his fins look like they may be clamped...i think thats an indication that hes too cold...also 2 pellets could potentially be not enough...maybe try 4? it really depends on the betta and what theyll eat without bloating. My Marbles eats 4-6 a day.

Also, while a half gallon is okay if you take SUPER good care of it, its highly recommended that you get at least 1 gallon, and optimal that you get 2.5 or higher. Mine is in a 1gal with a filter...hes okay and a happy little fish, but he looks cramped and I want to get him a 2.5. Larger tanks make them generally happier fish =)

EDIT: also if that is indeed a male (im no good at sexing)...he looks like a plakat, though he could still me delta i believe...two separate things.
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Old 01-28-2011, 08:59 AM   #4 
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Possibly delta betta..
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:21 AM   #5 
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I will try to increase the temparature some by putting him in a warmer spot in the house. so u guys dont think its a disease i should treat? should i just give him some time and let him be for a few days?
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:21 AM   #6 
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WOOO that one big Betta! ^.^ BUt yah his slow activity is deffonetly related to the fact of the water being only 70 when it should be a steady 78 with a small heater. Oh and remember in eny bowl smaller then 2 gallons its best to do 100% water changes with declorinated water that is of equal temp every other day to maintain poisinous ammonia.

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Old 01-28-2011, 09:31 AM   #7 
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I would get him a gallon bowl at least. They have them at Walmart for 5 dollars! :D Also his water is probably on the cooler side. Before I put a heater in my tank, I put mine under a little lamp in my room and it kept him a few degrees warmer... not to mention he enjoyed staring at the light.
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Old 01-28-2011, 02:10 PM   #8 
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yeah I dont have a heater for my boy, but its pretty warm in my room and he has a tanklight during the day that probly boosts it a few degrees. Im so glad you came here to ask though! such an awesome thing to do, researching about your little guy. You seem to be an awesome owner! Good luck!
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Old 01-28-2011, 02:21 PM   #9 
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Fyi constanty changeing tempratures is not good for him and can cause him problems as he gets older witch hes already showing by being so inactive. A steady temprature is required by a heater only. Turning on and off lamps and raising and lowering room tempratures are not the way to keep him comfy and is only gunna make things worse for you and him. Heel much apreciate it and thank you a bunch for it, trust me!

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Old 01-28-2011, 07:39 PM   #10 
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Looks like you have the marina betta kit...
i have/had one of those, but i only use it for measuring water now, or acclimating.
it's way too small, that evil kit killed my first betta (if he wasnt already sick when i got him)

when he was in there he just sat in the corner/ at the bottom too
evil evil evil marina betta kit.
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