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09-15-2006, 10:43 PM
I didn't mention it before but when my brother passed away I also inhereted his betta.

I guess he had one him in a door prize (stupid) anyway he didn't even have a name.

My question is that he just sits there all the time, I had a betta before it didn't seem this inactive. Even when we feed him he never moves. My daughter is afraid to go feed him when she gets home from school, every day she is afraid he is dead.

I would be willing to give him away to anyone close...maybe I should ask erica (bccrazy) I just don't have any knowledge of betta's.

09-16-2006, 12:44 AM
Have you tried putting a mirror against his tank? It's a good idea to let bettas flare daily, just to keep them happy and active.

What kind of tank is he in? Does he have a heater? Lower temperature could also be the reason for bettas acting sluggish.

Hope this helps :)

09-16-2006, 08:31 AM
Try giving him plenty of space to move. A 1 gallon is the minimum but 2.5 gallons is much better :)

Try reading about bettas on these sites:


Hope that helps :)

09-16-2006, 02:16 PM
He is in a glass bowl not too big, probably not big enough. I need something with a lid, the kitty tries to get at him if I don't put him up and away.

Its been pretty warm so I don't think he is cold.

09-16-2006, 05:06 PM
Another reason for a lid is because bettas jump. Yiu should get a lid quickly. On your next water change measure how many cups of water you can get in it. 8 cups=0.5 gallon. 16 cups=1 gallon. Etc.

:) have fun with your betta they really are great pets :D

09-16-2006, 06:33 PM
I actually had a betta probably 10 years ago, it lived for 2 years. It just seemed a lot more active than this one and it was in a smaller bowl.