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Old 04-14-2012, 01:26 PM   #1 
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Help Betta not swimming right

I just changed the water in the tank and I put him back in and he's not swimming right he's swimming on his side whats wrong with him?
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Old 04-14-2012, 02:22 PM   #2 
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Did you condition the water? Did you acclimate him before putting him in? What is the water temperature? We need more information.
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Old 04-14-2012, 04:20 PM   #3 
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Did you condition the water? Did you acclimate him before putting him in? What is the water temperature? We need more information.
I did treat the water but I didn't accimilate him maybe that's what went wrong, but I came back to the tank a little after and he was dead my sister bought me one from petco to make up for it and one of its fin is cut off or something it can't swim right I think I should return him
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I did treat the water but I didn't accimilate him maybe that's what went wrong, but I came back to the tank a little after and he was dead my sister bought me one from petco to make up for it and one of its fin is cut off or something it can't swim right I think I should return him

How big is your tank? Is it heated? Is it filtered? What do you feed the fish and how often? How often do you do water changes and how much do you change?
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Old 04-14-2012, 04:58 PM   #5 
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You have to acclimate the fish to the water temp/chemistry when doing water changes- especially large water changes. A sudden change in temperature will put them into shock, which tends to be fatal. I am sorry you lost your betta..
Fins will grow back, but if he isn't swimming properly then I would recommend replacing him. As new fish owners it's better to start off with a healthy fish, as treating a sick fish can be stressful.

When doing water changes, place them in the cup you get them in.. and when returning him to the tank, float the cup in the water for about 15-20 minutes. Every 5-8 minutes or so remove some water from the cup (dump it in the sink or in a cup, don't place in the tank) and replace the water with water from the tank. I would say no more then 25% of the cup water should be changed at a time when doing so.

This way he will adjust to both the temp and the chemistry change.

Keep up on the weekly water changes to keep him healthy and happy- depending upon size of tank and whether it is filtered, the schedule will be different.. but weekly is still a must.
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I have a 2.5 gallon tank with a filter not heated don't have a heater yet and I feed him twice a day 3-4 pellets change it 50% and 100% alternating each week I didnt assimilate him the first time I changed and he was fine at first so i didn't think it was necessary, but I guess it was. And I did return him he really couldn't swim right I feel bad for all the fish at petco in their small little cups most of their waters are turning yellow its terrible conditions there
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Do you know what the water temp is?
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Do you know what the water temp is?
Not sure but it's not cold I make sure it stays warm, the new water might have been too hot compared to the old water
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An accurate thermometer and a heater are must-haves.
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An accurate thermometer and a heater are must-haves.
I was actually going to buy a heater this weekend
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