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Old 01-15-2012, 10:05 PM   #1 
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Is This Normal Betta Swimming Behavior?

i mentioned in an earlier post about my betta Edward swimming back and forth in the back of the tank. he does swim around to other places but for the most part he will swim back and forth continuously.. and sometimes he only goes halfway turns around and goes back. he does this over and over...

thoughts? will he settle down? i just got him today

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Old 01-15-2012, 10:26 PM   #2 
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I'm not sure if I'm right, you'll have to wait until someone else comes along but the filter may be to strong? It looks like he gets pushed around a bit. There's ways to slow down the flow though! I'm not 100% what they are but I think there's some info in the stickies :)
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Old 01-15-2012, 10:31 PM   #3 
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thanks! should i turn the filter off just for tonight and see if he continues to do it?
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:11 PM   #4 
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No, if you turn the filter off than the good bacteria inside of it will die... and when you turn it back on it will shoot out the dead bacteria which will harm your betta
If you think the filter is to hard/rough, you can try baffling it


Does he do this ALL of the time, or just when you come by?
A few of my bettas do this as a "beg" trying to get food and attention from me (try spying on him when he thinks you are gone... I peak through a doorway, lol)
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:14 PM   #5 
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I just watched the video, the filter does seem a bit strong, here is a really easy (and cheap) way to baffle a filter... remember... don't turn it off!!!!

http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=30139
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:20 PM   #6 
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im not at the tank when he does it im sitting on my bed and i can see him doing it. and hes at the back of the tank so its not from him following me.. and hes not begging i put some pelleted food in there and blood worms and he hasnt even ate yet..
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:25 PM   #7 
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that step by step filter baffle is AWESOME!! but you guys said not to turn my filter off.. that thread says you have to turn it off to be able to measure the filter for the bottle
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:38 PM   #8 
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I always guesstimate it... but honestly, if you cut the top off... then the bottom off, it normally fits perfectly, I had to trim it down a bit for my five gallon, but that was it

Turning it off for a short term will be fine, its when the actual filter inside is left alone unmoving or when it drys out that the bacteria starts to die
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:57 PM   #9 
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i got that buffer made.. but hes still going back and forth
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Old 01-16-2012, 12:00 AM   #10 
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my fish is only eating meat and raw fish and it is not eating anyother else what should i to change it's feeding type
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