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Old 06-27-2011, 06:56 PM   #1 
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I think my betta is in trouble

I have had Bubbles for 4 months or so and she was always active and always hungry. Over the last few days, she isn't eating, swims to the top a lot for air, but stays mostly on the bottom. She also seems to be breathing heavy. She is in a 2.5 gallon heated aerated tank w/ gravel, a fake plant and a spot for her to hide. She has a golden inca snail as a tankmate. The temp. around 75 farenheit at the coldest, all water conditions test fine and the water is conditioned. I was thinking swim bladder since she seems to be a little off in her swimming, so I am withholding food for 48hrs., in case it's constipation. Her fins also look a little clamped. Please help. I don't want her to be suffering!!
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Old 06-27-2011, 07:25 PM   #2 
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It could be that your betta is a bit cold. The temperature shouldn't go down that low in a heated tank. Is the heater functioning properly?
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Old 06-27-2011, 08:00 PM   #3 
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Yes, the water temp is actually 82 right now, being that it is so warm outside. SHe seems to be spending a lot of time kind of on her side too. And the breathing thing is really freaking me out.
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Old 06-27-2011, 08:04 PM   #4 
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Put her in a shallow QT container so she can breathe easier first.
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Old 06-27-2011, 08:36 PM   #5 
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Well, she just died. RIP Bubbles, you pretty girl!!
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Old 06-27-2011, 08:48 PM   #6 
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Having a fish is too hard. You never know how long (or how SHORT) of a time you will get to enjoy their company. I choose to believe that the last few months of her life were enjoyable, as i did all that I could to give her the best environment!!
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Old 06-27-2011, 08:54 PM   #7 
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I'm sorry, my condolences.
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:00 PM   #8 
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Thank you Neil D. I am already thinking on rescuing another from Petco. Any amount of time outside of the tiny containers they keep them in has to be better. I have an apple snail who's diameter is about 1.5 inches. If I get another betta, should I stick with another female? Are they more docile?
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:09 PM   #9 
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Yes, lots of female bettas can be kept in a sorrority tank, but this can be difficult and will never be perfect. The aggression is spread out over the amount of females in a tank, so with just 2 females one or both would be killed by the other. If you think she is lonely, but a tank with another betta next to her, to where they can see eachother but not get to eachother. Make sure that both tanks are covered, too, because, if motivated, betta fish can jump up to 3 inches. I'm also sorry about Bubbles, may she rest in peace in fishy heaven. :) It's hard to lose a beloved finned friend :/
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Not sure. I think that's the case, but I've never kept females...
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