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Old 01-30-2011, 04:15 PM   #1 
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Stationary swimming! Normal!?

Ok I posted in "Betta Fish Care" about him but he really worries me.

What does it mean if a Betta stay's in one spot for hours on end and stare's?

My King Veil Tail Betta Jet is sick or something, he has taken up stationary swimming and on rare occasion's just props himself against something near the thermometer and stare's.
I know that he's getting older and may have stopped his spazzy swimming, he's six month's old and six month's ago I got him at Big All's so who know's how old he really is? But seem's to me that stationary swimming all day is not normal getting old behavior..or maybe it is I dunno.

I thought he was bored, so I'm still trying to distract him with activities but it's maybe starting to look like something else?

I'm just really worried, maybe u guy's can help me figure out what is wrong with him?

Thankx in advance!
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Old 01-30-2011, 04:17 PM   #2 
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It's normal for them to do that for a few minutes, but not hours on end. If he's getting old, he's probably slowing down. But he shouldn't be THAT sedentary. I don't know what it could be.
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Old 01-30-2011, 04:20 PM   #3 
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He move's around a bit..very rarely tho, switche's place's from the back of the tank to the thermometer.
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Old 01-30-2011, 04:31 PM   #4 
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Yeah, that doesn't sound right. He should be swimming a lot more, even if he is old.
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Old 01-30-2011, 04:35 PM   #5 
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What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
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Old 01-30-2011, 04:36 PM   #6 
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*hehe* he was never one for making bubble nest's, well one is forming in that corner from him going up for air.
I'm thinking of maybe QT-ing him in Tex's tank with salt.
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Old 01-30-2011, 04:55 PM   #7 
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What size is your tank? He's in a 5g acrylic tank
What temperature is your tank? Right now it's at 82* F, I usually keep it at 80*
Does your tank have a filter? Yes, with a sponge cartridge.
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No, I leave the trap door's open tho
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? He's alone now, but I tried a snail a while ago

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? He get's a variety, Betta flake's, 2 kind's of Betta pellet's that are now in glass container's so I dunno the kind, and other FD stuff that I alway's pre-soak.
How often do you feed your betta fish? I feed him once a day, six pellet's everyday

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Twice a week, one vacuum, one water
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 80%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime water conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? No test kit If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? No change in appearance
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Alot of stationary swimming and staring out
When did you start noticing the symptoms? On friday, he love's his sleep now *lol*
Have you started treating your fish? No treatment yet If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Nop just a bit of torn fin's on occasion and he scrapped his head once.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I had him at home for six month's now but he's from a pet store
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I would suggest cutting his food down to 4 pellets per day. Too much food can make Betta fish lethargic. Also, it would probably be easier on his tummy if it was 2, twice a day. Remember, their stomachs are only the size of their eye.
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But he's a King, someone told me that they needed more food.
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Old 01-30-2011, 05:29 PM   #10 
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Oh, ok. Didn't know that. But it would still be better to feed him 3 pellets, twice a day.
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