I've had my betta for almost a year now

Bettafish floating vertically at bottom of the tank - won't eat, can't really swim
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Food for thought for those concerned about potential cruelty. How many of you scoop your fish? How might that net appear to them? Perhaps a huge panic-inducing entity that insists on swooping in and swallowing its prey regularly then regurgitating it back to a disturbed home ages later. But is that larger tank recommendation truly written in stone forever? Could it be possible since Bettas must go to the surface for air, their energy expenditure is more efficiently focused on vertical movement and the need to move about in a wider horizontal environment might be our own human projection - remember waste disposal issues were the original reason for the larger capacity dictum and that has been addressed by the new design. I'm putting this in next months budget, looking forward to seeing for myself how they do in this aquarium and am also wondering about the best vegetation.

If no one dared to challenge current thought, we'd likely still be huddled in dark caves and shouting down the gal who picked up a few rocks and fashioned the first hearth:-)
I also hate that the tank vertical rather than horizontal, making it much more stressful on the fish. Yes, bettas like to hover, but that is not ALL they like to do.
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Males and females flare or puff out their (opercula) to appear more impressive, either to intimidate other rivals or as an act of . Other reasons for flaring can include when they are intimidated by movement or change of scene in their environments. Both sexes display horizontal bars if stressed or frightened. However, such colour changes, common in females of any age, are rare in mature males due to their intensity of colour. Females often flare at other females, especially when setting up a . fish behave similarly, with vertical instead of horizontal stripes indicating a willingness and readiness to breed (females only). enjoy a decorated tank, being a territorial fish it is necessary to establish territory even when housed alone. They may set up a territory centered on a plant or rocky alcove, sometimes becoming highly possessive of it and aggressive toward trespassing rivals. This is the reason why when kept with other fish the minimum tank size should be 45 litres (about 10 gallons). Contrary to popular belief, Bettas are compatible with many other species of aquarium fish. Given the proper parameters bettas will be known to only be aggressive towards smaller and slower fish than themselves such as . Jan 15, 2007 - Lethargic Betta Floating Vertically | Betta Fish Care for Fighting Fish ..
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Photo provided by FlickrHe swims around every few minutes but then lays on the bottom of his tank
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I have a betta fish, Casper, and I just got him about three days ago from Petco. They had a deal going on, 2 crowntails for $3.98. I couldn't help myself. Well the one I kept is acting very strange and I'm really worried. When I first brought him home, he was doing great, I moved him into a large mason jar for about 2 days, until I could get his tank fully set up. I just got his tank yesterday, a 1 gallon triangle tank from walmart. I got him bloodworms for food, some treatment for his tank for chlorine and ammonia. Well, I put him in there with a fantail goldfish and they seemed fine. About an hour after introducing him into the tank he starts to swim erratically. Darting across the tank, putting his face in the corner of the tank and just going crazy in the corner. He will float to the top of the water and just stay there, letting his fins just fall under and beside him, looking extremely depressed. He will put his face in the rocks basically floating vertically in the rocks the lay over on top of the rock and just lay there, looking dead. He is breathing very fast, almost like he has anxiety. I think he has been eating, but I can not be 100% sure. I have now taken the goldfish out of the tank to see if he is just stressed out from him, but it has been several hours since then and he is still acting the way you see in the video. I am not sure what is wrong with him, he was perfectly fine in the cup from petco and in the mason jar I had him in for those two days. I am really worried about my poor beautiful Casper. Can anyone tell me what is wrong with him and what I may be able to do. Please respond promptly as I am afraid he may not make it much longer. Thanks. AbbyFood for thought for those concerned about potential cruelty. How many of you scoop your fish? How might that net appear to them? Perhaps a huge panic-inducing entity that insists on swooping in and swallowing its prey regularly then regurgitating it back to a disturbed home ages later. But is that larger tank recommendation truly written in stone forever? Could it be possible since Bettas must go to the surface for air, their energy expenditure is more efficiently focused on vertical movement and the need to move about in a wider horizontal environment might be our own human projection - remember waste disposal issues were the original reason for the larger capacity dictum and that has been addressed by the new design. I'm putting this in next months budget, looking forward to seeing for myself how they do in this aquarium and am also wondering about the best vegetation.

If no one dared to challenge current thought, we'd likely still be huddled in dark caves and shouting down the gal who picked up a few rocks and fashioned the first hearth:-)