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Old 03-16-2013, 09:14 PM
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Anyone an expert on bettas? My fish has been pretty lethargic the last couple days, laying on the bottom of the tank. Every few minutes he'll dart around the tank, but it's very frantic-like, and he's kind of curled when he does it. He definitely doesn't seem normal. Suggestions?

EDIT: He's in a 2.5 gallon tank, no tankmates. No filter. He gets a 50% water change every week or so, and a 100% change every two weeks. I use filtered (Brita) water with a water conditioner.
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Old 03-16-2013, 09:26 PM
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Is he cold/do you have a heater?
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Old 03-16-2013, 09:31 PM
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From the behavior I'd guess parasite, but usually you see those. Look at him carefully for any weird specks or weird coloration.
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:19 PM
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No heater, but my house is quite warm - the tank is probably 72 degrees or so?

I can't see any weird specks or spots - he's looking quite scraggly though.
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:29 PM
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No heater, but my house is quite warm - the tank is probably 72 degrees or so?

I can't see any weird specks or spots - he's looking quite scraggly though.
What do you mean by scraggly? Are his fins in good shape?
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:43 PM
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How long have you had him?

It doesn't sound good, I don't tend to get bettas back when they start doing this. I would definitely change part of the water every other day for right now (use a baster or something so you aren't stressing him out too much). Try a little bit of aquarium salt too.
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:55 AM
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What do you mean by scraggly? Are his fins in good shape?
They're very thin, almost like hair-thin.

I will be picking up some stresscoat and aquarium salt.
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Can you get a picture? Even "almost in focus" would help here. I'm not really sure what you mean by the fins.

Consider a thermometer too. Any sort of draft could bring the temperature down.

It sounds somewhat like a cold then fin rot type thing.
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He's too cold. Get him a heater. They're tropical fish.
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Old 03-17-2013, 10:28 AM
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I will attempt to get a picture tonight when I get home from work. Why would the temperature cause this sudden change, when the tank has been the same temp for months? Right now at work I have the following options - I have Aquarium Solutions Ultimate Water Conditioner, Kordon AmQuel, and Kordon NovAqua. The Ultimate one sounds the best, says it removes chlorines, ammonia, chloramines, nitrates and heavy metals, adds electrolytes, boosts immunity, and reduces stress. Does that sound good? The water conditioner I've been using just says something about chlorine and chloramines. When I get home tonight, should I just add the Ultimate to the tank? Or do a complete water change and then add the Ultimate?
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