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I'm not sure if there's something wrong with our fish. When he hangs out at the top of the tank he does so at an angle. I thought it was bloat so I fasted him for 3 days and fed him a pea. There was no change. How worried should I be? I've attached pics, but not sure if they're sideways.


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Hi! I'm sorry you haven't gotten any replies - are your water parameters, such as ammonia and nitrate, ok? Is the water oxygenated? Is the temperature within range for him?

He does look a bit curvy but I can't tell for sure. What are you feeding him?

My boys even "hang" upside down in their plants sometimes, but since they're otherwise content, making bubble nests, I'm not concerned with that.

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Hi, I moved this thread to Diseases and Emergencies where it can get more visibility.
I know this may be a hassle but can you fill out the form below. There may not be anything obvious from the initial pictures but a better understanding of him and his environment will help.

Many illnesses can be traced to water conditions. Your water-changing schedule is the most important element in diagnosing. Please be honest.

How many gallons is your tank?
Does it have a filter?
Does it have a heater?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Does your Betta have tank mates? What kind?

What food brand do you use?
Do you feed flakes or pellets?
How often do you feed your Betta? How much?

Before your Betta became ill how often did you perform a water change?
What percentage of water did you change?
What is the source of your water?
Do you vacuum the substrate or just dip out water?
What additives do you use? What brand of conditioner?

Water Parameters:
What are your water parameters? Please give exact numbers. If tested by pet store please get exact numbers. "Fine" or "Safe" won't help us help you. Important: Test your water *before* the regular water change; not after one.

Hardness (GH):
Alkalinity (KH):

Symptoms and Treatment:
When did you first notice the symptoms?
How has your Betta’s appearance changed?
How has your Betta’s behavior changed?
Is your Betta still eating?
Have you started treating your Betta? If so, how?
Does your Betta have any history of being ill?
How long have you owned your Betta?
Was he or she ill or suffering some sort of damage when purchased?


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