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Housing
What size is your tank? 2 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 75 (new heater doesn't seem to be working too well)
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
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? pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? twice a day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? just got him 2 days ago
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? changing 3/4 now
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? dechlorinator

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

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Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? now that I emptied 3/4 of the water I can clearly see stress bars on his body
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? not swimming.. not too interested in eating
When did you start noticing the symptoms? yesterday
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? changing water today
Does your fish have any history of being ill? just got him from Petco
How old is your fish (approximately)? unknown


Please help me help him unstress...
 

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well i thought they were stress bars, but i was reading that stress bars are horizontal.... these are dark and vertical...?
 

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ok... i had picked up a 50 watt heater yesterday for the tank I ordered so I opened it and put it in his water just at 76 until I'm sure it is working ok... he is hanging out next to it.... also before he was hanging out next to the smaller heater a .. 7.5 watt...

Do you think maybe he just needs to be warmer????

Could he be that sensitive?
 

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Yeah I had just posted his pic under ... betta care .... Nebula
 

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try covering his tank with a black t-shirt. i had a female that wouldn't un-stress unless 3 of the 4 walls of her tank were covered by a black shirt.
 

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Here is a couple of pics..... he has been hiding in his log and in areas I can't see him....I'll cover him a bit and see if that helps my poor guy...

Lucky never seemed stressed at all when I brought him home...
 

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Omg he is so pretty! And def a boy. He will get used to his new environment, you've only had him a few days. Give him lots of hidey holes and plants to hide and play in. If you can get some IAL it might help. :)
 

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Give him time to adjust :) some of my males and females got stress stripes, or submission stripes when they were new. It's basically nervousness, for us :) being somewhere new!! :p
 

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So.... maybe I'm just worrying too much?
 

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Hey, it's fine to worry :) I mean we all want our bettas to be happy and healthy ^^ It took me a while to "lay off" of hawk watching my bettas :lol: Now I just check on everyone and the tanks :)
 

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hmm, judging from that picture he seems to be flaring his fins, sign of healthy environment. (only judging by the pics though)
 

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Wanted to update.... Nebula is still here :). Picked uo API Stress Coat and used it for his last two water changes. He is still hiding and just sitting a lot, but once in a while i look over and he is actually swimming around. YEAH! He even sat for a bit and looked at me one time. He still isn't interested in eating, but i'm trying not to worry about that. He has a favorite spot to sit right between two leaves. Pretty much hides him completely. I'm hopeful he will be ok. He was sopposed to go to school, but i'm not sure he could handle that :-?

Thanks for all the comments.
 

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Yeah it'll take some time for him to eat :) some bettas just do that lol. good luck!!
 

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Wooo Hooo ... he ate a bloodworm today!!!!! It has been a week...
 

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OH YES!!!! He came up to the top while I held a bloodworm and ATE ANOTHER ONE......

Oh yes! I'm such a happy Mommy!!!!!

Thank you to those who told me not to worry too much..:blueyay:
 
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