View Full Version : Betta acting weird

02-10-2011, 03:15 AM
if youve read my other thread about my heater you know the back story. for those of you that didnt see it my heater exploded killing everything in the tank except my betta. the next day he was acting weird, but i figured i would be too if something like that had just happened. the only damage he has is a little burn mark on his back that is healing up nicely. the problem lies that he has next to no appetite, and if just sitting in the upper corner of the tank, and doesnt move. before the accident he was always all over the tank and really active.

should i be concerned that he is acting so lathargic? he is still healthy looking both color and weight wise, and no signs of stress other than hiding the majority of the time in the corner

02-10-2011, 03:40 PM
Maybe just the stress of the event. Keep the tank stable and just keep an eye on the betta for the next few days see if anything changes. keep watching the part where burn mark is to see if it gets better/worse. Maybe pimafix or melafix would help recovery.

02-10-2011, 04:58 PM
i actually am using melafix and pimafex in the tank right now, looks like im playing the waiting game now though

02-10-2011, 05:02 PM
Have you gotten a new heater? Is the tank the same temperature it used to be?

02-10-2011, 05:16 PM
He may be suffering from the electricity that leaked into the water when the heater blew. That's one thing we aquarists are warned about, isn't it? Electricity and water is NOT a good combination.

Just because he has a small mark doesn't mean he didn't take a good hit when it happened.

I wish I knew what else you can do for him. I sure hope he bounces back!!

02-10-2011, 06:54 PM
yea bhrino i got a new heater in the tank within about an hour of the old one exploding. in that time the temp only dropped 2 degrees and its at the exact temp as it was before the heater went out.

lotus flower
02-10-2011, 07:03 PM
It's likely not temperature shock--my betta's tank dropped about 4 degrees once, and within an hour of putting the heater in, she was much better and acting normal.

He could be depressed from losing all that activity in the tank--most animal are creatures of habit.

He could also, as previously stated, just be under the weather from the burn. It may look small to us, but percentage-wise, that's a big portion of his body! Plus, I cannot even begin to imagine what the electricity must've done. Or the impact and stress of having that heater explode--he must've been scared witless! Swimming around the tank in a panic for half an hour, probably! :-( Poor little guy!

I'd be depressed, too, were I he...

02-25-2011, 04:30 PM
update to the situation. he is still just hanging out in the corner. his back is completely healed up (externally anyways). he has a decent appetite, but no where near it was before the whole incident. im going to be moving him to a 36gal bowfront within the next month or so. not planning on putting anything in with him, the bowfront is going to be mostly a planted tank and am going to try some shrimp with him.

hopefully the change of environment will change his behavior.

lotus flower
02-25-2011, 04:51 PM
Did you lose your plants when the heater burst?

Maybe he lost his favorite plants and those were what made him feel comfortable. A security blanket...

02-25-2011, 09:54 PM
didnt lose the plants but im hoping a big home with plants and sticks for him to swim around will make him more active

02-25-2011, 10:59 PM
It might also be the trauma of the heater exploding. Trauma can cause a personality change in humans, in cats, in dogs... so why not in fish?

02-26-2011, 03:47 AM
well things got put into motion way sooner than i thought and i set the tank up tonight! heres some pics during the process. ill post some tomorrow when it clears up a little more.

edit: also a few "newbie" questions... the filter on the tank is a AC30 which i know isnt enough filtration for the new tank, but as the only resident is a betta how big of a deal is getting a better filter. also the tank is going to start out planted, and as they grow out in my 55gal, they will be propagated to the new tank. normally i do 50% or more weekly water changes, im feeling that would be over kill for the 36gal though.

thoughts and suggestions anyone!?

02-26-2011, 04:14 AM
wouldnt let me edit again but more good news. tony is exploring around and flared at me a little bit ago, first time hes flared since the heater blowing. im really optimistic that the new environment will be a change for the good!

02-27-2011, 04:38 AM
another update for anyone who is still checking in on this thread. tony is back to the way he use to be. has his full appetite and is all around noticeably happier. im hoping he will stay this way!

02-27-2011, 05:14 AM
^_^ Glad to hear he's back to normal