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    Hi all,

    I cleaned and changed the water in my betta fish's tank yesterday (added neutralizer and de-stressing salt), and put the fish in this morning to ensure that the tank temperature and temperature of the container he was in would be the same. The fish, however, seems to be unwell. His eyes are bulging a bit and he's more sluggish than usual. He alternates between swimming around and settling at the bottom of the tank with his fins clamped to his sides. Also, he seems to have lost his appetite.

    Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    I had 20 of those at one time.. way too much work.. anyhow I had all the chemicals for when they were sick. I'd call a fish shop and tell them what he's doing and they will know exactly which meds you need to add to the water.. google it too.. there is a site where they have a list of what the fish is doing to what he needs.
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    What temperature is the tankwater? Beta's are rice-paddy puddle jumpers, they like warm water.
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    Thanks for the advice! He seems better today, though he's still slightly sluggish and only ate one pellet this morning.

    The water temperature's about 72 degrees. It's a 1.5 gallon tank, so I can't get a heater for it.

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    ^^ooh, that's no good. They do best in 75 at least, better 78.
    Is there a warm spot you can keep him? bathrooms get warm and misty from daily showers, or near a radiatior/heat duct/television...anywhere away from a window?
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    Unfortunately no. He's doing a lot better, though.

    Seems like he's developed a preference for being in the corners of the tank too.

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    Hmm, would it be a good idea to get a bigger tank then (was thinking 2.5 gallons in order to accommodate a little heater)? He's ok, but is "resting" more and doesn't eat much in the morning.

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    Truthfully I think Betta fish like smaller spaces.
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    So...why can't you move him somewhere warmer? if it's due to not being near enough to an outlet to plug in a filter...he doesn't need one. Unlike most fish, Betas don't breath through their gills, but through a device in their heads called a "labyrinth."
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    I was babysitting a Beta, and had to hide him in the bathroom to keep him from my kitty.

    It was too cold and he was sluggish in the morning. I found him a nice little spot on top of the fridge (behind some tortilla chips) and it made a world of difference.

    Perhaps you can find your little guy a spot on top of an appliance that will provide a little heat?

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