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Old 04-27-2012, 03:10 PM   #1 
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Big Ear

Ok, I have a question about Big Ears...

Do they have swimming problems as they get older?

It seems that Hannibal, my daughter's combtail is a a Big Ear. He's always been quite the character but he seems to be slowing down. Has a little trouble swimming up today. Nothing about his tank or anything has changed. Checked the water params and everything checks out. He's been eating normally.
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Old 04-27-2012, 03:50 PM   #2 
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is there a heater in the tank? Has the temp dropped at all recently? Betta get slower when they're cold. But there might be an underlying problem and the slowness is just a symptom. Fill this out to help us figure out what's wrong.

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Old 04-27-2012, 04:10 PM   #3 
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That may be the case.
Because big ear bettas have larger (and in many cases rather thin and floaty) pectoral fins it can become a problem as they get older.
Like with any large finned fish as they get older and more frail it can become harder to carry the fins properly leading to problems swimming, and possibly the dorsal or caudal fin bending.If it is this and there are no symptoms of illness the best thing to do would be lower the water for a while to give the fish a rest
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Old 04-27-2012, 04:22 PM   #4 
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I moved it over to the diseases and emergencies forum. I reached in and rearranged his barrel decoration and live anubias plant so that he has "steps". Seems to be helping him.
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