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Whenever I leave him in my room with the lights off & I come back in and check him, he has stress stripes ): Once I turn on the lights for about 30 minutes he's back to his normal bouncy self with no stress strips. However, I am worried about him because he never really acted like that until I put an air stone into his tank. That was the first time since I had gotten him from the that he had ever striped D: I'm guessing it might have traumatized him & now he likes to know his surroundings? I'm not sure .. I feel so bad /: It's gotten to the point where I even got him his own little nightlight to put beside his tank :cry:

Does anyone know a way where I could make him feel more secure & safe? He lives in a 2 gallon heated tank (I'm sorry it's a little small but I got him when he was a "Petco Baby Betta" so I didn't want to get something very big :oops:)

Any help or advice will be much appreciated <3
 

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Here's the form :)

Housing
What size is your tank? 2 Gallons
What temperature is your tank? 80 Degrees
Does your tank have a filter? No because the one that mine came with was too strong for my little guy. Definitely looking into sponge filter but I am afraid it might traumatize him more.
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Not anymore.
Is your tank heated? Yes.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None.

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Aqueon Betta Pellets & freeze dried bloodworms once a week.
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 pellets in the morning and 1 at night.

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? 1 (50%) and 1 (100%) a week.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? ^^
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? API Betta Water Conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? No

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Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He is just very stressed in the dark.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Once I put an air stone in his tank.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I just gave him a nightlight ..
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Nope.
How old is your fish (approximately)? He's still a juvi, not exactly sure of his age, because I got him when he was still very young.
 

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my betta, flo is also similar like yours :-D
he has stress stripes every time i leave the room with lights off
so i discovered that he hate darkness

for that, you can equip your tank with a lamp. or if you keep your fish in a modest tank (without lamp), try to put a small lamp near his tank. it can be your desk lamp, night lamp, or anything.

he will be very happy for that :-D
 

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Aww. Is There an outlet within visible distance of his tank that you could put a night light in? :)
 

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Try glow in the dark decorations i have a moon rock that all my fish love and its white but not taky like some fake decorations.
 

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Try glow in the dark decorations i have a moon rock that all my fish love and its white but not taky like some fake decorations.
Yeah I have that too! It's like $3 or $4 at walmart
 

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When I first got my betta from a co-worker as a gift he was in a 12 inch tall rectangular shaped glass and he stayed in the office that was lit and active 24 hours a day. I knew the poor guy rarely got a chance to sleep. A few days later I brought him home and put him in his tank. I leave his tank light on for him during the day. Around 8 P.M. I turn off the tank light and turn on a LCD battery operated tap light that gives off less light but more than enough so that he can see. By 11:30 P.M. its light out. I did this so he knows the transition from day to night time. Just as he would if he is outside living in the wild. This worked perfectly. No fuss No muss No stress.
 

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Thanks for all the advice! It's nice knowing that my betta isn't the only one :) haha & I will definitely check out that moon rock cave from walmart !
 
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