Betta is sick--please help

beth1954February 24, 2007

My daughter's betta is sick. I have been searching the internet and can't find any symptoms that fit what her fish is going through right now. Swim bladder comes the closest to it, but he has definitely not been overfed. He stays at the top of the bowl on the side and just sits there. He doesn't sink to the bottom. He will not eat. Sometimes it seems like he wants to lie on his side, but usually stays upright.

Does anyone know what this could be, and what can be done about it????

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james_ny(z7 NY)

How big a tank is he in? Is the water temp ok [75-85]. How about water quality [how ofter is the water changed]? He may just not be hungry, how long since he ate?

    Bookmark   February 25, 2007 at 12:51AM
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petiolaris(Neutral)

Another thought is that he may need some time time to adjust to his new environment. Bettas aren't exactly the most lively tropical fish out there, not like a zebra danio.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2007 at 2:41PM
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reg_pnw7(WA 7, sunset 4)

Pretty normal for a betta to just kinda hang. 'Not lively' is a charitable description - they're downright motionless a lot of the time.

It's hard for us to visualize how little food a fish needs. They're cold blooded so need only a small fraction of the amount we would need at the same body size. A rule of thumb is no more than the size of their eyeball per day, but mine thrives on way less than that. I have betta pellets for him, little tiny grains really, and he gets about two a day and nothing on Sundays. They don't need to be fed every day.

He's also in a two gallon bowl, the smallest thing I'd keep one in.

He's thriving, and I've had him over a year, and he spends most of his time just hangin'. That's normal.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2007 at 11:41AM
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