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  1. Default Betta staying at surface not swimming around


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    I have a betta in a 29 gallon community tank, he has been in it for a year and gets on fine with my other fish and up to now has been fine and healthy, but over the last few weeks ive noticed he seems to be resting on his leaf hammock and in my plants more and more, and now it is at the point where he isnt swimming around at all, he's just sitting in my plants at the surface, gulping air every now and again.

    I should note I have lost fish recently, I lost 2 pentazona barbs, 1 black phantom, and 2 white cloud minnows. They didnt really have symptoms, they just sort of stop swimming as much then died.

    I took my water to be tested and all was good, no ammonia or nitrite and very low nitrate. Is it possible this could be a parasite infecting fish one by one? If not what could be the problem? Constipation?


    29 Gallon: Veiltail Betta, White Cloud Minnows, Neon Tetras, Honey Gourami, Rummy Nose Tetra, Bolivian Ram, African Dwarf Frogs, Amano Shrimp

    6.4 Gallon: Halfmoon Betta

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    Sorry to hear of the loss. How old is the Beta? Have you changed the food? Temperature constant? Anything noticeable on the fish? What do you consider low Nitrates?
    Life is tough, it's even tougher if your stupid.
    If your not angry, your not paying attention...
    150G Cube FWLR (Morays) 75G Fresh (Bichers/Gourami) 24G Cube (Reef/Goby/Seahorse's/Garden Eels)
    10G Fresh (Beta)
    2 x 29G Breeders (cycling) to be ready for January 15

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfdog View Post
    Sorry to hear of the loss. How old is the Beta? Have you changed the food? Temperature constant? Anything noticeable on the fish? What do you consider low Nitrates?
    Well ive had him a year, no idea how long the store had him before that. Yeah temperature is at 25'c. No there are no symptoms yet apart from the inactivity.


    29 Gallon: Veiltail Betta, White Cloud Minnows, Neon Tetras, Honey Gourami, Rummy Nose Tetra, Bolivian Ram, African Dwarf Frogs, Amano Shrimp

    6.4 Gallon: Halfmoon Betta

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    Betta like their water a bit warmer than 77F and can be lethargic in colder water. They prefer the low 80's Fahrenheit. Could be a combination of his age and the water temp.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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    I remember seeing a photo of this tank before and it's beautiful. I wondered then about temp.
    Bettas like 80F and white clouds like it much cooler. what is the temp or your tank?

    How often do you do water changes and how much do you change out? Is the betta eating?
    The answers to these and surfdog's questions may help in figuring out what's happening.

    Edit: ninjaed by mommy 1 :o)
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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    Ok just a quick update, he just had a swim around the tank, he seemed to have difficulty staying near the top. He kept taking gulps of air every few seconds, now he is back in the plants.

    @fishmommie thanks i'm glad you like it :) My temperate is 25'c (77F) as according to aqadvisor this is suitable for all my species. I do 25 - 30% water changes once a week, and the betta ate yesterday but didnt come out for food today.


    29 Gallon: Veiltail Betta, White Cloud Minnows, Neon Tetras, Honey Gourami, Rummy Nose Tetra, Bolivian Ram, African Dwarf Frogs, Amano Shrimp

    6.4 Gallon: Halfmoon Betta

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    IMO you should do a large water change, make sure to keep the water temperature constant when you do a water change. Is you tank water oxygenated, as i see in the picture there is no water movement, do you have sufficient surface water movement?

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    on the betta - they really do much better at 80F or higher. Your temp is pretty cool for him. It may be part of the reason he's so lethargic.
    As betta's get older they become less active IME. We've had our crowntail over a year now and he's been getting lazier as more time passes. Betta's need stimulation also to keep them happy. Try setting something colorful (something different than he usually sees) outside the tank, give him something to wonder about. It may or may not spur some activity.
    Is there a lot of water movement in the tank? Bettas prefer a lower current but as said above, since they are labyrinth fish, they do need surface oxygen to get by. I'd also up the W/C to 50%. Fresh water is always good..

    just tossing things out as possibilities but still come back to the heat issue. I think it's too low for him.
    Keep watching him. If he continues to not eat or starts to look bloated, you might DQ feeding him for a while in case he's constipated. You might also worm the tank with som Prazi Pro in the event he has an infestation. Prazi Pro is gentle and would actually be good for the entire tank. I use it 2 X a year on all my tanks just as a general precaution against worms.

    Good luck. I hope he perks up
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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    After reading all the posts I have to agree on Temperature, raise it to 27C (80F) slowly, I've had my Beta at that temp for 2 years and he's still very active and healthy.
    Life is tough, it's even tougher if your stupid.
    If your not angry, your not paying attention...
    150G Cube FWLR (Morays) 75G Fresh (Bichers/Gourami) 24G Cube (Reef/Goby/Seahorse's/Garden Eels)
    10G Fresh (Beta)
    2 x 29G Breeders (cycling) to be ready for January 15

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    I dont understand how he could be fine for a year at 25'c and now suddenly would need 27'c? and would all my other fish be ok with this temperature?


    29 Gallon: Veiltail Betta, White Cloud Minnows, Neon Tetras, Honey Gourami, Rummy Nose Tetra, Bolivian Ram, African Dwarf Frogs, Amano Shrimp

    6.4 Gallon: Halfmoon Betta

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