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Old 12-25-2011, 12:49 PM   #1 
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New betta: normal behavior?

I got a new betta yesterday; he was swimming around fine. But today he's just been sitting at the top of the tank in a corner. He doesn't look sick, he's just not really moving around. Is this normal?
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Old 12-25-2011, 01:37 PM   #2 
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It is normal behavior for a fish that's getting used to it's new home.
How did you acclimate him to the new tank?
Do you have a heater?
How large is your tank?
You have a fish that's used to living in small spaces so it might take him a while to "stretch it's legs".
Just make sure there isn't anything around that could potentially stress him out. Once of the most common that don't even cross people's minds it's the light in the tank. If you have the lights on and it's dark in your room, then the walls of your tank will seem like a mirror from the inside which will stress fish a lot.
Best of luck!
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Old 12-25-2011, 05:06 PM   #3 
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I acclimated him by adding some tank water in his cup (while draining some of the cup water out). Did that 4-5 times. I have a 10 gallon heated and filtered tank. He seemed fine yesterday, but I did turn on the lights in the tank while the lights in the room were off and he did flare up a lot. I noticed this and turned the lights on. Should I assume there's a problem if he keeps acting like this for a couple of days?
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