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seriouspollynod:

seriouspollynod:

So I have a new fish

Got home from work yesterday and my roommate shouted from the window that I now owned his girlfriend’s betta fish. 

So he’s in my 10gal that was empty at the time. He’s been sitting on the bottom a lot but I think (hope) that’s just stressed from the move (he got driven from Eugene to Ashland in a tupperware). 

Apparently a friend of my roommate’s girlfriend asked her to take care of him when he was on vacation a year ago, and then never came to pick him up. She’s been changing the water and feeding him, but isn’t really attached to him.

I’m a little concerned about his little stick-looking fins on the bottom. Those aren’t normal, right?

Anyway, I don’t know much at all about bettas, so if anyone has advice or can see if he’s sick or something, I’d appreciate it.

Tank’s a cycled 10gal, filtered with a sponge filter and an HOB filled with sponge and a carbon filter (Ashland (OR)’s water is bad enough that the carbon really helps, according to the fish store around here). I know that the tank’s pretty bare but I’m going to get some more silk plants when I get paid on Wednesday.
All of the decoration in there were fine for my ghost shrimp for two months. Is there anything that they would be able to stand that might be toxic to the betta? There’s no shrimp in the tank right now. They died right after I moved because of the shitty water quality where I’m living. I’m going to take it out as soon as I have plants to put in there, but I don’t want to leave him in a bare tank (I’ve sort of been playing with making an underwater tea-apocalypse for fun while the tank was uninhabited, and my roommate didn’t realize that I wasn’t 100% sure if they were fish safe) I wasn’t planning on getting another fish before figuring out if the carbon will take care of the bad water either, but this was a bit unplanned. I’m using Prime as my conditioner and testing the water with a liquid test kit.
I’m feeding Omega One and gave him some frozen bloodworms because I had some and he ate pretty happily.

The bottom sitting and the fins really worry me. Can stress cause him to sit like that? He’s breathing pretty heavily when he does that too, but he only does it for maybe five minutes at a time tops, but when he does he’s all the way on the ground and not moving his fins.

Any advice at all from anyone? @kai-ni, you’ve helped me out in the past so I’m tagging you. Aaagh I feel so unprepared! I really want to take good care of this guy. Any help from anyone is majorly appreciated.

(Roommate keeps talking about getting other fish to put in there. He apparently fell in love with silver mollys. I had to explain to him why that’s a bad idea. He’s a great guy, just a bit uninformed and misinformed since apparently he was told at petsmart that they’re compatible)

I’m still worried about this dude. He spends most of his time on the ground. He comes up for air, but sometimes he sits on the bottom and pants. 

He was excited for breakfast this morning, but hasn’t done much since then. Sometimes he leans up against stuff. Anyone? Please?

Helloo. seriouspollynod His fins seem fine. Bloodworms are good. Just not too much (they’re mainly treats, couple times a week is fine. Just not everyday.) (fyi you only need to feed bettas 3-4 pellets a day.) I use prime in my tanks. Good brand. Works well. :) Bettas typically sit at the bottom of the tank when they’re stressed or just cold. They like high 70s, low 80s. As for other fish, bettas aren’t ones for having company. They are technically compatible if your tank is big enough and you have a lot of places for the fish to go. So if you do put some silver mollies in there just make sure there are a lot of plants and stuff like that. Hope this helps. :D

Yeah. I’m not letting the roommate put any fish in there. I’d lock the lid on if I could. This poor fish’s got enough stress right now without other guys messing with him. I got the roommate a marimo and that seems to have distracted him. (He’s a good guy, and very enthusiastic about sharing my hobby, just doesn’t get that the people at petsmart might not be the best informed).

I’ll slow down a little bit on the pellets. I read that you should feed as many as he can eat in 2 minutes, which has been about eight, but that sounds like overfeeding now that I look at it.

I’ve got a heater but my thermometer broke (getting a new one on wednesday). It’s been consistently keeping my tank at about 77 during the cycling, though. I’ve been worried about the stress, but he’s not clamping his fins shut or anything, which I read was a good sign?

Thanks for the help!

seriouspollynod:

seriouspollynod:

So I have a new fish

Got home from work yesterday and my roommate shouted from the window that I now owned his girlfriend’s betta fish. 

So he’s in my 10gal that was empty at the time. He’s been sitting on the bottom a lot but I think (hope) that’s just stressed from the move (he got driven from Eugene to Ashland in a tupperware). 

Apparently a friend of my roommate’s girlfriend asked her to take care of him when he was on vacation a year ago, and then never came to pick him up. She’s been changing the water and feeding him, but isn’t really attached to him.

I’m a little concerned about his little stick-looking fins on the bottom. Those aren’t normal, right?

Anyway, I don’t know much at all about bettas, so if anyone has advice or can see if he’s sick or something, I’d appreciate it.

Tank’s a cycled 10gal, filtered with a sponge filter and an HOB filled with sponge and a carbon filter (Ashland (OR)’s water is bad enough that the carbon really helps, according to the fish store around here). I know that the tank’s pretty bare but I’m going to get some more silk plants when I get paid on Wednesday.
All of the decoration in there were fine for my ghost shrimp for two months. Is there anything that they would be able to stand that might be toxic to the betta? There’s no shrimp in the tank right now. They died right after I moved because of the shitty water quality where I’m living. I’m going to take it out as soon as I have plants to put in there, but I don’t want to leave him in a bare tank (I’ve sort of been playing with making an underwater tea-apocalypse for fun while the tank was uninhabited, and my roommate didn’t realize that I wasn’t 100% sure if they were fish safe) I wasn’t planning on getting another fish before figuring out if the carbon will take care of the bad water either, but this was a bit unplanned. I’m using Prime as my conditioner and testing the water with a liquid test kit.
I’m feeding Omega One and gave him some frozen bloodworms because I had some and he ate pretty happily.

The bottom sitting and the fins really worry me. Can stress cause him to sit like that? He’s breathing pretty heavily when he does that too, but he only does it for maybe five minutes at a time tops, but when he does he’s all the way on the ground and not moving his fins.

Any advice at all from anyone? @kai-ni, you’ve helped me out in the past so I’m tagging you. Aaagh I feel so unprepared! I really want to take good care of this guy. Any help from anyone is majorly appreciated.

(Roommate keeps talking about getting other fish to put in there. He apparently fell in love with silver mollys. I had to explain to him why that’s a bad idea. He’s a great guy, just a bit uninformed and misinformed since apparently he was told at petsmart that they’re compatible)

I’m still worried about this dude. He spends most of his time on the ground. He comes up for air, but sometimes he sits on the bottom and pants. 

He was excited for breakfast this morning, but hasn’t done much since then. Sometimes he leans up against stuff. Anyone? Please?

kai-ni, I just realized I’m bad at tagging and didn’t actually successfully tag you in this. Do you have any help?

timestoodstrong:

seriouspollynod:

seriouspollynod:

So I have a new fish

Got home from work yesterday and my roommate shouted from the window that I now owned his girlfriend’s betta fish. 

So he’s in my 10gal that was empty at the time. He’s been sitting on the bottom a lot but I think (hope) that’s just stressed from the move (he got driven from Eugene to Ashland in a tupperware). 

Apparently a friend of my roommate’s girlfriend asked her to take care of him when he was on vacation a year ago, and then never came to pick him up. She’s been changing the water and feeding him, but isn’t really attached to him.

I’m a little concerned about his little stick-looking fins on the bottom. Those aren’t normal, right?

Anyway, I don’t know much at all about bettas, so if anyone has advice or can see if he’s sick or something, I’d appreciate it.

Tank’s a cycled 10gal, filtered with a sponge filter and an HOB filled with sponge and a carbon filter (Ashland (OR)’s water is bad enough that the carbon really helps, according to the fish store around here). I know that the tank’s pretty bare but I’m going to get some more silk plants when I get paid on Wednesday.
All of the decoration in there were fine for my ghost shrimp for two months. Is there anything that they would be able to stand that might be toxic to the betta? There’s no shrimp in the tank right now. They died right after I moved because of the shitty water quality where I’m living. I’m going to take it out as soon as I have plants to put in there, but I don’t want to leave him in a bare tank (I’ve sort of been playing with making an underwater tea-apocalypse for fun while the tank was uninhabited, and my roommate didn’t realize that I wasn’t 100% sure if they were fish safe) I wasn’t planning on getting another fish before figuring out if the carbon will take care of the bad water either, but this was a bit unplanned. I’m using Prime as my conditioner and testing the water with a liquid test kit.
I’m feeding Omega One and gave him some frozen bloodworms because I had some and he ate pretty happily.

The bottom sitting and the fins really worry me. Can stress cause him to sit like that? He’s breathing pretty heavily when he does that too, but he only does it for maybe five minutes at a time tops, but when he does he’s all the way on the ground and not moving his fins.

Any advice at all from anyone? @kai-ni, you’ve helped me out in the past so I’m tagging you. Aaagh I feel so unprepared! I really want to take good care of this guy. Any help from anyone is majorly appreciated.

(Roommate keeps talking about getting other fish to put in there. He apparently fell in love with silver mollys. I had to explain to him why that’s a bad idea. He’s a great guy, just a bit uninformed and misinformed since apparently he was told at petsmart that they’re compatible)

I’m still worried about this dude. He spends most of his time on the ground. He comes up for air, but sometimes he sits on the bottom and pants. 

He was excited for breakfast this morning, but hasn’t done much since then. Sometimes he leans up against stuff. Anyone? Please?

Have you tried freshwater aquarium salt and API brand Stress Coat? I wouldn’t use any kind of medication, as you don’t know exactly what he has. Follow proper dosing instructions and he should improve.

I haven’t tried aquarium salt yet. I’m worried about that because he’s already got a tough time breathing. Will the salt make that harder on him? I don’t think he could handle that very well. He spends a lot of time panting as it is.

I’ll pick up some stress coat and see if that helps, though, and grab some salt to have on hand. Thanks for the help!

gibbysbettas:

seriouspollynod:

seriouspollynod:

So I have a new fish

Got home from work yesterday and my roommate shouted from the window that I now owned his girlfriend’s betta fish. 

So he’s in my 10gal that was empty at the time. He’s been sitting on the bottom a lot but I think (hope) that’s just stressed from the move (he got driven from Eugene to Ashland in a tupperware). 

Apparently a friend of my roommate’s girlfriend asked her to take care of him when he was on vacation a year ago, and then never came to pick him up. She’s been changing the water and feeding him, but isn’t really attached to him.

I’m a little concerned about his little stick-looking fins on the bottom. Those aren’t normal, right?

Anyway, I don’t know much at all about bettas, so if anyone has advice or can see if he’s sick or something, I’d appreciate it.

Tank’s a cycled 10gal, filtered with a sponge filter and an HOB filled with sponge and a carbon filter (Ashland (OR)’s water is bad enough that the carbon really helps, according to the fish store around here). I know that the tank’s pretty bare but I’m going to get some more silk plants when I get paid on Wednesday.
All of the decoration in there were fine for my ghost shrimp for two months. Is there anything that they would be able to stand that might be toxic to the betta? There’s no shrimp in the tank right now. They died right after I moved because of the shitty water quality where I’m living. I’m going to take it out as soon as I have plants to put in there, but I don’t want to leave him in a bare tank (I’ve sort of been playing with making an underwater tea-apocalypse for fun while the tank was uninhabited, and my roommate didn’t realize that I wasn’t 100% sure if they were fish safe) I wasn’t planning on getting another fish before figuring out if the carbon will take care of the bad water either, but this was a bit unplanned. I’m using Prime as my conditioner and testing the water with a liquid test kit.
I’m feeding Omega One and gave him some frozen bloodworms because I had some and he ate pretty happily.

The bottom sitting and the fins really worry me. Can stress cause him to sit like that? He’s breathing pretty heavily when he does that too, but he only does it for maybe five minutes at a time tops, but when he does he’s all the way on the ground and not moving his fins.

Any advice at all from anyone? @kai-ni, you’ve helped me out in the past so I’m tagging you. Aaagh I feel so unprepared! I really want to take good care of this guy. Any help from anyone is majorly appreciated.

(Roommate keeps talking about getting other fish to put in there. He apparently fell in love with silver mollys. I had to explain to him why that’s a bad idea. He’s a great guy, just a bit uninformed and misinformed since apparently he was told at petsmart that they’re compatible)

I’m still worried about this dude. He spends most of his time on the ground. He comes up for air, but sometimes he sits on the bottom and pants. 

He was excited for breakfast this morning, but hasn’t done much since then. Sometimes he leans up against stuff. Anyone? Please?

Still new to fish keeping so bear with me here Im assuming you have a proper set up with a hearter and everthing The only advice I have is a betta hammock if he is bottom sitting so much to help him get air. Did you just feed him in these photos? He looks a tad bloated. I also dont see what you mean by the bottom fin it looks fine to me. Maybe a good hideing and plants place too since you seem to only have a tea set in there? Those are 100% tank safe right? Never used for food, not chipped, 100% glazed etc. If not that could be contaminating your water. Bumping up the temp to 80 f may help if its lower. Other then that I think hes just recovering from bad betta ownership-possible parasites maybe? Keep the tank bare bottom and check his waste. Hope the lil guy pulls through + I’d be dammed if those are his true colours-very dull>

The tea set’s good. I did a lot of research, looked up the maker. It’s food safe so I’m assuming that’s tank safe, and all the glazes are non-metallic in base. The big teacup was brand new, food safe, no metallic glaze too.

My thermometer broke, but I’m getting another one. I’ll boost the heat a little bit, but wait till I’ve got a new one (Wednesday’s when that’s happening) to actually boost the heater up (Aqueon 50w). Forgot that I failed to mention the heater in the initial post.

I had just fed him in these pictures (except the blurry top one, which isn’t exactly a helpful picture). He eats happily, but then goes back to sitting. I got a plant with bigger leaves today that’d be sturdy enough to sit on (store didn’t have betta hammocks). I saw him sitting on the sponge filter, too, so I know he’ll sit there if he needs to be closer to the surface.

I’ll keep an eye out for parasites, but his poop’s good. I’m really concerned about the color too. He’s got spots of purple and some purple iridescence in his fins, so I’m really excited to see if he gets brighter.

Thanks!

Anonymous asked
Your fish is probably cold. Beta fish like water between 76-82ºF(24-27ºC) You should get a fish tank heater with a thermostat.

Awesome! Thank you. I do have a heater, 50 watt aquaeon. My thermometer broke when I moved, but I’m getting another, and the thermostat worked really well prior to that (with the shrimp)

seriouspollynod:

So I have a new fish

Got home from work yesterday and my roommate shouted from the window that I now owned his girlfriend’s betta fish. 

So he’s in my 10gal that was empty at the time. He’s been sitting on the bottom a lot but I think (hope) that’s just stressed from the move (he got driven from Eugene to Ashland in a tupperware). 

Apparently a friend of my roommate’s girlfriend asked her to take care of him when he was on vacation a year ago, and then never came to pick him up. She’s been changing the water and feeding him, but isn’t really attached to him.

I’m a little concerned about his little stick-looking fins on the bottom. Those aren’t normal, right?

Anyway, I don’t know much at all about bettas, so if anyone has advice or can see if he’s sick or something, I’d appreciate it.

Tank’s a cycled 10gal, filtered with a sponge filter and an HOB filled with sponge and a carbon filter (Ashland (OR)’s water is bad enough that the carbon really helps, according to the fish store around here). I know that the tank’s pretty bare but I’m going to get some more silk plants when I get paid on Wednesday.
All of the decoration in there were fine for my ghost shrimp for two months. Is there anything that they would be able to stand that might be toxic to the betta? There’s no shrimp in the tank right now. They died right after I moved because of the shitty water quality where I’m living. I’m going to take it out as soon as I have plants to put in there, but I don’t want to leave him in a bare tank (I’ve sort of been playing with making an underwater tea-apocalypse for fun while the tank was uninhabited, and my roommate didn’t realize that I wasn’t 100% sure if they were fish safe) I wasn’t planning on getting another fish before figuring out if the carbon will take care of the bad water either, but this was a bit unplanned. I’m using Prime as my conditioner and testing the water with a liquid test kit.
I’m feeding Omega One and gave him some frozen bloodworms because I had some and he ate pretty happily.

The bottom sitting and the fins really worry me. Can stress cause him to sit like that? He’s breathing pretty heavily when he does that too, but he only does it for maybe five minutes at a time tops, but when he does he’s all the way on the ground and not moving his fins.

Any advice at all from anyone? @kai-ni, you’ve helped me out in the past so I’m tagging you. Aaagh I feel so unprepared! I really want to take good care of this guy. Any help from anyone is majorly appreciated.

(Roommate keeps talking about getting other fish to put in there. He apparently fell in love with silver mollys. I had to explain to him why that’s a bad idea. He’s a great guy, just a bit uninformed and misinformed since apparently he was told at petsmart that they’re compatible)

I’m still worried about this dude. He spends most of his time on the ground. He comes up for air, but sometimes he sits on the bottom and pants. 

He was excited for breakfast this morning, but hasn’t done much since then. Sometimes he leans up against stuff. Anyone? Please?

So I have a new fish

Got home from work yesterday and my roommate shouted from the window that I now owned his girlfriend’s betta fish. 

So he’s in my 10gal that was empty at the time. He’s been sitting on the bottom a lot but I think (hope) that’s just stressed from the move (he got driven from Eugene to Ashland in a tupperware). 

Apparently a friend of my roommate’s girlfriend asked her to take care of him when he was on vacation a year ago, and then never came to pick him up. She’s been changing the water and feeding him, but isn’t really attached to him.

I’m a little concerned about his little stick-looking fins on the bottom. Those aren’t normal, right?

Anyway, I don’t know much at all about bettas, so if anyone has advice or can see if he’s sick or something, I’d appreciate it.

Tank’s a cycled 10gal, filtered with a sponge filter and an HOB filled with sponge and a carbon filter (Ashland (OR)’s water is bad enough that the carbon really helps, according to the fish store around here). I know that the tank’s pretty bare but I’m going to get some more silk plants when I get paid on Wednesday.
All of the decoration in there were fine for my ghost shrimp for two months. Is there anything that they would be able to stand that might be toxic to the betta? There’s no shrimp in the tank right now. They died right after I moved because of the shitty water quality where I’m living. I’m going to take it out as soon as I have plants to put in there, but I don’t want to leave him in a bare tank (I’ve sort of been playing with making an underwater tea-apocalypse for fun while the tank was uninhabited, and my roommate didn’t realize that I wasn’t 100% sure if they were fish safe) I wasn’t planning on getting another fish before figuring out if the carbon will take care of the bad water either, but this was a bit unplanned. I’m using Prime as my conditioner and testing the water with a liquid test kit.
I’m feeding Omega One and gave him some frozen bloodworms because I had some and he ate pretty happily.

The bottom sitting and the fins really worry me. Can stress cause him to sit like that? He’s breathing pretty heavily when he does that too, but he only does it for maybe five minutes at a time tops, but when he does he’s all the way on the ground and not moving his fins.

Any advice at all from anyone? @kai-ni, you’ve helped me out in the past so I’m tagging you. Aaagh I feel so unprepared! I really want to take good care of this guy. Any help from anyone is majorly appreciated.

(Roommate keeps talking about getting other fish to put in there. He apparently fell in love with silver mollys. I had to explain to him why that’s a bad idea. He’s a great guy, just a bit uninformed and misinformed since apparently he was told at petsmart that they’re compatible)