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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-05-2011, 03:32 AM Thread Starter
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sick Betta?

I've had a male Betta in my community tank for about 13 months. He's always been very active, lots of swimming around. However over the past few weeks he has become inactive, and continuing more and more so, and now is taken to sitting on the bottom of the tank underneath a plant most of the time, only coming up when it's feeding time or when it's first light in the morning. He appears to be quite thin as well, maybe this is just old age , I have no idea how old he was when I bought him but any ideas on this? No outward signs of disease that I can see other than he looks gaunt.

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I would say, isolate him for a little while and feed him. If he doesn't gain weight, it might be from old age.
Look up different fish diseases that deal with lethargy and weight loss. He could have internal parasites or some other disease like fish TB.

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he's about to go to fishy heaven.....they have very short lives...
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If its genes are strong and its been taken care of well, a betta will live for around 6 years. However, I believe that your betta has been bought from a store, right? They usually don't bred them for strong genetics and often inbreed them. All for the sake of money. By the time you bought him, he might have been well over a year or two in age. These betta are not in the best of health from birth, so their life expectancy is cruelly cut short.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-05-2011, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the comments, I'll continue to monitor him. Yes, he was bought from an aquarium store
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I hate when fish get sick. Sometimes it's just impossible to figure out WHY. So frustrating.
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In the absence of any other symptoms, I'd definitely try worming him. I'd go ahead and worm the whole tank while you're at it. Can't hurt and definitely might help...

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