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When a fish dies....
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ok, here's an update
I went down to my local LFS (a little shop not a chain) to get a new ammonia test kit to make double sure that I didn't have an ammonia problem in my tank and there he was ...
A little Blue Boy
The thing was I had already decided that I didn't want to get another red veil tail (like Zen) cause I didn't want to "replace" him with a double and I thought maybe a blue betta would be nice when the time's right.
So I left the store with the new kit and came home
but I couldn't stop thinking about the little guy down the road
and so ...
I went back to get him!
He is now acclimated and exploring his new home and seems to be loving it - he appears to be a more cruisy character than Zen was and also more adventurous
I also thought it was nice that the local LFS man didn't keep his bettas in the death cups and kept them in bowls (ok, still small but better than the cup!)
and he only had three of them, not dozens and dozens piled one on top of each other.
Still don't have a name for him yet but already he has warmed my heart
Glad you found a new baby to take care of!
;D You know he was meant for you when you leave and have to go back to get him.
Congrats on your new baby.
Just a quick question (for anyone who might know the answer)
Is it normal that a Betta doesn't move his little side fins (sorry don't know their name :confused all the time
The new boy after exploring has gone to hang out in the tall water wisteria.
He seems to be just resting there not moving his little fins at all.
I don't want to keep disturbing him (just to make sure he's alive) but after the loss of Zen I seem to be extra worried about everything!
First of all, I'm so sorry about your loss of Zen.
If I'm interpreting correctly, the "little side fins" are new blue boy's pectoral fins. They should be moving all the time. They'll normally slow down when he rests, but they should be moving along with his gills. He shouldn't be clamping them or appearing to gasp for oxygen.
If you mean the kind of skinny fins just below his gills, those are confusingly but interchangeably called pelvic and ventral fins. It's normal for him to rest on those without moving them for a while.
Thanks for the clarification!
Yes, I was refering to his little pectoral fins.
Last night when he was resting he was not moving them very much so I was a little worried.
I also read somewhere that when a fish is scared he can hold those fins to his body trying to make himself look smaller.
I guess he might have been a little nervous - from a small bowl to a 10G!
Today he is swimming round, seeming to be doing very well!
Good luck with your new kid.
I tend to strip and sterilize a tank if I'm unsure what caused me to lose a fish but with multiple tanks all having filters full of filter sponges it's a little easier to do that and get the tank back to cycled when I set it up again.
Sometimes as Bettas go around exploring or looking at the world outside their tank, they will completely stop their pectoral fin movement for short bits. It's normal and nothing to be concerned with.