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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 12-30-2008, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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Question Lethargic Betta... Help!

My betta Azure has been acting really wierd the last few weeks. Hes isnt moving much, and is having problems swimming and staying up... hes mostly been at the bottom. And when he does swim, he swims verticly- not horizontally like hes supposed to. I don think hes eating much either. Hes done this before, but it only lasted a few days... Im really starting to worry about him. :C

When I first got him, I put him in my community tank but he kept getting caught in the filter, so I had to take him out. When he was in his own 10 gallon, he got caught in the filter again even thought I saftey-proofed it, so I took all filters out. Even though most of his finage grew back, hes never been the strongest swimmer. (I really dont know if that will help solve my issue with him, but I thought Id throw it out there.)

Right now, hes in his own 5 gallon (I dont have room for the 10gal any more). I just tested his water, like, 2 minutes ago: Zero nitrite, Zero nitrate, about 7.4 PH ... looks good to me. It also said I have really soft water, but Im not sure if that effects the fish or not.
The temp. is 64 degrees F, and I think that might be whats causing his issue, but Im not sure. If its too cold, do they even make heaters small enough for a 5gal? I dont think Ive seen them.

Any suggestions?

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id think the water is too cold, they are tropical fish and 64 would be cold... i think they make heaters for tanks that small.. but i'm not sure.


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