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    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

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    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.

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    i actually am using melafix and pimafex in the tank right now, looks like im playing the waiting game now though

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    Have you gotten a new heater? Is the tank the same temperature it used to be?
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    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!!
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    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.

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    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...

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    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.

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    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...

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    didnt lose the plants but im hoping a big home with plants and sticks for him to swim around will make him more active

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