Lethargic Betta On Bottom Of Tank

EgbertButterfly(PA)October 29, 2006

Hi,

My betta is about six months old and for the past week or two he has been lethargic, but lately (last two days) he has been just laying on his side at the bottom of the tank. He is still breathing but does NOT look good. I tested the water conditions and everything was fine. Any thoughts or suggestion would be appreciated.

THanks!

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imis

I used to think my beta was "playing dead" on the bottom of the bowl for quite a while, and he'd be laying on his side, and look dead, and I'd get very nervous. But when I shook the bowl a little bit, he swap back up but went back down.
I was very nervous until just last week I heard why the betas do this. It's because they cant close their eyes when they are tired, so that's how they go to sleep.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2006 at 10:12PM
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EgbertButterfly(PA)

I hope you are right :) ... but my betta has been "sleeping" for three days straight so I'm still nervous... also his breathing seems exaggerated

Any other suspicions?

Thanks!

    Bookmark   October 30, 2006 at 7:44PM
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woeisme(z7b NC)

Egbert, what are the test results? What is the water temperature? Is the tank heated? What size tank? Filtered or non-filtered? What type of ammonia test do you have? Is the test a dip strip or a reagent type? If reagent 1 or 2 bottles of test solution? Ammonia tests ( strip or 1 part reagent) can be skewed by water conditioners. This time of year is usually when people that have had bettas start getting sick or lathargic. The temps start to drop as the days get shorter. Betta's need heat, they are indeed tropical fish. Room temp. can be 5-10 degrees warmer then tank water temp. Think about a glass of water, in the winter I have one on the nightstand because the heat makes it dry. The room is comfortable but the water is still cool. I would suspect it is a temperature issue, but answer as many of the ???s as you can to give more info for a better resolution. Good Luck.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2006 at 9:00AM
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EgbertButterfly(PA)

Test Results: Normal, except water is a little hard
Water Temperature: 78 degrees (heated)
12 gallon tank -- filtered
Four cory catfish tankmates
Dip test-- may skew results I guess

I am getting worried because he is still "breathing" but has been laying on his side on the bottom for a week. I just hope he isn't hurting.. It's painful to just watch him lie there. Any suggestion or thoughts are appreciated! Thanks

    Bookmark   November 4, 2006 at 8:58PM
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woeisme(z7b NC)

I guess he can surface to take air? Any other symtoms? The one thing that skews the strip tests is water conditioners. Most likely there is no ammonia and your bio-filter is in tact. Sometimes fish have short lives, part of the hobby unfortunately. I hope he pulls through. If you can think of any other symtom maybe that will help.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2006 at 8:26PM
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EgbertButterfly(PA)

I have seen him surface for air once, should i put him in shallower water? But what about keeping it heated and would that stress him out? New symptom: belly looks bloated, definitely a change. Is there any thing I can do to make him more comfortable? Because at this point I am pretty sure he won't pull through. :(

    Bookmark   November 6, 2006 at 9:49PM
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EgbertButterfly(PA)

Thanks for everyone's help, but my betta died today. At least he isn't suffering! :(

Thanks Again

    Bookmark   November 7, 2006 at 4:04PM
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hummerh2chris_comcast_net

Mine does the same thing except his back is turning peach and his top fin is getting black gunk. I put him in a 3.5 pint vase. I also added bettafix remedy to soothe him and heal him. He is usually in a 10 gallon tank with a tetra and a albino frog. This morning he started to discolor now it's spreading. I hope he's not dieing....... HELP!

    Bookmark   July 11, 2010 at 6:34PM
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itbememg_gmail_com

I have had my betta for 8 months and he was always energetic. This week he has been lethargic and lays in his flower or at the bottom of the bowl on his side and seems to be grasping for a breath. I am new to the Betta world, and I don't want to lose him. Any suggestions?

    Bookmark   June 23, 2011 at 12:28AM
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Rode-e-Rick

Hi, I just bought my first 1 gallon fish tank, and i bought a Male betta fish right after. The fish was fine the first hours i introduced him to the tank but now he is a little lazy at the bottom, why is that? its day 2 though, should i be worried or is he a lil stressed into his new environment?

    Bookmark   August 6, 2011 at 2:00AM
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