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Old 06-14-2012, 07:25 PM   #1
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Sick Beta? Or just old?


So I have a beta in my Fluval Edge and he has been displaying some unusual behavior for a little going over a week. He will just rest on the bottom of the tank until either there is food or he needs air, he used to patrol around the aquarium quite a bit (which he shares with a cobra endler's guppy, snail, and ghost shrimp). Any ideas? The other tank dwellers all seem fine, no unusual water parameters but I did a 20% change to be safe. I'm afraid he might just be getting ready to die we have had him for maybe 1 1/2 years.
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:28 PM   #2
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MAYBE he's Bored? Throw some unusal stuff in there and see if it PEEKS his interest.
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Old 06-15-2012, 06:19 PM   #3
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Tried putting in this floating glass seahorse, very colorful, no dice. also put some treats, daphnia and he only paid attention as much as he does for food, then back to the bottom, any other ideas?
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Old 06-16-2012, 02:43 AM   #4
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He's not super old or anything, so dont give up on him. Check that the others arent harassing him or anything (not chasing him, nipping) and if you have a filter, if it's too strong (more than a little bit, really), he could be exhausted after carrying around his heavy fins.
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Old 06-16-2012, 03:46 PM   #5
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is he fat?
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Old 06-16-2012, 04:26 PM   #6
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Ill try turning down the filter but he has never shown problems before, I have not seen any harassment by the other fish or shrimp... As far as being fat, I dont THINK so, Ill upload a pic opinions welcome.

Sorry for the dirty glass, his name is Maximus!
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Old 06-17-2012, 12:43 AM   #7
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looks fine. no obvious damage. if you want to fire him up, put a small mirror next to the tank for a 20 seconds
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Old 06-20-2012, 03:57 AM   #8
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Update: did a huge water change and vacuum, between 80-90% change. I was worried about over-stressing him but nitrates tested at 10 so I figured I would lower that as much as possible and get all that debris out in the process... I also added some Melafix(tea tree oil treatment) because he started developing some redness just behind his eyes over his gills. It's going on three days and he seems to be perking up a bit! Slightly more active and his respiration seems to be up, face seems to be clearing back up. I don't want to get too overconfident but I think he may yet pull through, he is a fighter!
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:51 PM   #9
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Keep it up! Good thing you didn't give up on him!
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Old 06-21-2012, 04:32 AM   #10
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You could try getting some indian almond leaves for your tank. It will change the environment to be much closer to his natural habitat. Perhaps that will cheer him up a bit. Its also good for general fish health.

And about the filter. I turned mine way down, after having it pretty high for a while. That same day i brought the water level up so the surface barely moved. A few hours later, I looked over and saw my betta building a bubble nest for the first time ever. Now I keep it that way all the way.
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Old 06-21-2012, 06:32 AM   #11
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Look into Epsom salt treatment via google it was a major tool for me when I kept large cichlids when they would get I'll or generally lazy. It was a good system purge. Also very good qt treatment
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Old 06-21-2012, 06:33 AM   #12
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I will add its actually good for plants to use
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Old 06-21-2012, 03:39 PM   #13
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I used to have a beta years ago and had him for years. Sometimes he would get depressed like that. I would get him another type of food to add to his variety. He'd just go over the moon. Spoiled fish. By the time he died, he had about a doze different foods lol.

The water change was good for the nitrates. Keep it up until your water levels out and then do your normal changes (assuming you do). You can add in some floaters to help out with them also. Mine uses to like swimming through the roots of a few frogbit I had in his tank.


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