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Old 08-20-2011, 09:59 PM   #1 
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Clamped fins, suddenly inactive? :(

I discovered Hippie acting a bit off today/yesterday, and now I'm worried about him. :( His fins seem to be clamped and he's less active. Still eating though, and sometimes he swims and unclamps them. I'm not sure what's going on- I didn't change his water for a few days cause I installed a new sponge filter- and then a heater. I put him in a bowl with some Epsom, maybe bloated?










What do you guys think...



Housing
What size is your tank? 10 Gal
What temperature is your tank? 78 Degrees
Does your tank have a filter? Yes, a sponge
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? Divided with another male betta

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Aqueon Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? Three pellets in the morning, two in the evening, one at night

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? This tank, 20% weekly. In the process of changing over from daily 20%
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 20%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Conditioner

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

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

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Clamped Fins
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Less active. He's still eating though.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Yesterday
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I put him in a smaller (tank) bowl with some Epsom.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Nope. He was making bubble nests just a few days ago.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I'm not sure.

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Old 08-20-2011, 10:03 PM   #2 
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He might be adjusting to the new filter/heater. It could be causing him to stress. That being said more information is needed for a diagnosis, if you could answer as many of these questions as possible it would really help.

Housing
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 08-20-2011, 10:42 PM   #3 
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He might be still getting used to the new filter as said above or he's not used to the water changes yet.

Are his poops normal? Still eating fine? Is the filter on his side of the divide? He could not like the current from it.
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Old 08-20-2011, 11:20 PM   #4 
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The filter is on the other side but he gets a little current from it. He's been eating fine, I'm not sure about poo, I have dark gravel and it's difficult to tell. But I took the filter out, and he's just chilling all clamped up at the top of the tank.


OHBUT the heater is on his side.
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Old 08-20-2011, 11:21 PM   #5 
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Maybe he's just feeling a little insecure right now. Keep a close eye on him and his tank mate for anything else to pop up.

His fins look fine, right?
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Old 08-20-2011, 11:23 PM   #6 
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Lol, he just gobbled two pellets.
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Old 08-20-2011, 11:24 PM   #7 
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Yeah, he hasn't lost any color, or none that I can tell, and I usually can tell.
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:11 AM   #8 
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update; he's alive this morning! and i moved the heater, put it in the other side.. and did a 20% change. he's swimming around a bit more and still eats/ chases my finger, but he's still clamped.. caspian, his tankmate, seems to be doing all right.



..and i just noticed the paper between the two tanks was moved slightly, and he can see into flair's tank. crap. he must be overly stressed from flaring or something



i just put in a few -hundred- plants, so he has some more hiding places, so i think i'll give him some time.

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