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I just got a new 5 gallon tank for my betta, Fish. I put him in yesterday and this morning he was belly up (yikes!) however, i put him in his old bowl,with his old water and no filter, and he seemed fine when i got home from work at 4. i put him back into the tank and he swam around for a while and seemed fine. However, an hour and a half later, now he does not seem fine. He stays on the top of the tank and floats. He lays against the filter and does not be able to swim on his own. he doesnt do it often, but when he tries to swim down he ends up floating back up to the top. he seems very lethargic. i dont think it is from amonia because i took the water to the petstore and they said the water was perfect. is this because of the current from the filter? my cories seem fine. I dont understand what is wrong with my beloved Fish, and this is really scary. i need help!
 

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well i just turned the filter off and now he is still floating up and onto his side.
is there such a thing as pH shock? he went from a small bowl with no filter that was cleaned once every 2 weeks to the tank with pristine conditions.
 

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Can you post pictures? He might have Swim Bladder Disease.
Symptoms: Hard time swimming, Can't stay upright, Loss of Buoyancy.
Cause: Constipation, Infection, <--- ( Common Cause )
Treatment: Fast<--- Constipation. Alot of others. Depends on Cause.
 

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this is what he mostly does. he just sits on the surface. if you look closely you can see he his on an angle, with his body floating up to the top on his side.

this is something else he does, when he leans against the filter
 

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Does he look fat?
It's because that your pictures are SO SMALL.
I can see Fish, except not his belly. He looks cute by the way.
And what is the temperature? Betta Fish can get Lethargic below 72F.
 

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thank you! :) and he looks bloated. he has a bit of a lump. he definately looks chubby. the temperature is 78ish. i dont know the exact measurements of the water but today at the petstore the guy said the water was perfect. should i take him out of his new tank or does that have nothing to do with it? everytime he is in the tank this happens, but when he is in his old dirty bowl he seems fine after a while, which makes me put him back in his new, pristine tank where he gets sick again. im so confused!
 

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okay so i turned off the filter, the light, and took everything off. he cheered right up and started swimming again. he was swimming lopsidedly and kept floating back to the top, but it was a major change from before when he was lethargically sitting there. do you think that since he was going from a plain bowl with no filter or anything to a tank its just a shock to him?
 

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yeah he might be. i decided to give the 5 gallon to my dad and moved him back into the 1.75 gallon bowl he used to be in, without the filter and light. maybe he just prefers the simple life....
 

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how much decor did you have n the 5 gallon? He may of been feeling stresses if there was alot of open space.

also if he is still floating funky, he may have swim bladder. try fasting him for a day or two and see if it helps. you can also treat it with epsom salt - 1 teaspoon per gallon of water. make sure the salt is disolved and water conditioner is added before slowly adding the fish. do 100% daily water changes while using the salt.

how often are water changes?
pet stores use dip strips for water tests but they are not very accurate. At least mine did. The API ammonia test kit is alot better.
 

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He may be a "puddle fish". Some Bettas just really do not like to be in larger tanks. I have 2 who get extremely upset about being put into larger tanks, even if it's only .5 gallons more water they just don't like it.

If you want to move him to a larger tank I would try gradually doing it, you say he's currently in a 1.75 gallon, maybe try moving him into a BettaBow 2.5 gallon. PetCo and PetSmart both sell them, however I would replace the filter in there with the Tetra Whisper In-Tank filter, which is good for up to 3 gallons. It's small, and it doesn't have a strong current. Also, your Betta isn't able to get his fins caught and torn up in it, PLUS the filter pads are only like $3 for a pack of 2 at WalMart and the filter itself is about $10 there as well.

If he likes that you can either leave him in there or eventually try the 5 gallon and see how he does in there then.
 

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If you want to move him to a larger tank I would try gradually doing it, you say he's currently in a 1.75 gallon, maybe try moving him into a BettaBow 2.5 gallon.
Or, you could just put a divider in the 5 gallon and keep him in one side to see how he does. Might be easier. ;)
 
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