Animal Planet will be airing our betta segment (on
"The Most Extreme") again on the following dates:
||June 08 at 8PM & 11PM|
||June 15 at 2AM|
for more info click
here. If you have not seen it yet, there's your
chance! Note that it is towards the end of the 1 hour show,
since bettas made #2 on the most extreme fighters of the
animal kingdom countdown :)).
is what I want you to do: Bring your betta bowl and set it right in
front of this screen. Then have your betta watch THIS:
That should cure him
(Hey, who ever said
that informative articles have to be boring??)
So now let's really
tackle your question. Betta Schizophrenia? I think not. To me there
could be three causes for a betta's erratic behavior:
vibrations, shocks and noises. This would startle the betta
causing him to dart. I always tell people, keep your bowls away
from stereos, commotion, speakers, etc... Avoid placing your
fish on a coffee table where people put glasses, books etc. Each
object that lands on the surface of such table will cause a
shock wave that will startle the fish. As we saw a few days ago,
rough handling of bettas is a #1 cause for stress, lower immune
system and the disease outbreaks that follow. In your case, you
were a good girl :) and elaborated when formulating your
question and did mention that you had all electronics off.
Still, if your betta is on a table, shocks could cause this. I
do not believe that this is however your case.
parasites. Bettas will try to scratch their scales by
darting and hitting rocks, plants, tank walls. Usually you can
tell this behavior is parasite linked because it looks like the
fish will intentionally run into things and while running into
them will curve its body so that the side only contacts the targeted
surface. Although I do not believe that this is your problem
this is certainly a scenario to consider.
diseases and hoozeheknos. (Don't know what hoozeheknos is?
Me neither LOL). Let me tell you a story. I once had a betta in
a brand new bowl on my desk at the office. He was very healthy.
For the sake of convenience I used bottled drinking water for
this one fish. Water came from the arrowhead dispenser inside
office. Betta did well for several months. Then one day out of
the blue, he started acting "strange". He would lay
around less active then usual, then suddenly start
"freaking out" and swim like crazy in all directions
as though in a state of panic attack (sounds familiar?). Scared
the living daylight out of me LOL. "Spiky" (that was
his name) was obviously feeling discomfort of some kind and
reacting to it by darting to try to get "away" from
it. This lasted a few days. I was puzzled. Everything was still
the same, water was clean, from same water dispenser etc... I
added some Maracide (for parasites)
just in case, but this did not seem to help. I did a water
change, and that was useless too. Finally I decided to take
Spiky home. At home I simply put him in a new jar and acclimated
him gradually to my normal fishroom tap water (treated to
perfection LOL). To be on the safe side, I did add Maracide to
his new home for a week. After only 2 days I noticed Spiky was
back to his good old normal self. :)
My conclusion on this
is that something in Spiky's environment had become corrupt. Perhaps
the new water bottle in the dispenser? Perhaps fluctuating
temperatures at the office caused parasites to multiply? Perhaps
yurrh oiuddp whu fwq fpiusl. You know what I mean: who the heck
knows (hoozeheknos) ???? The point is my gut felling about Siky's
problem was correct. It was related to his bowl/water. By providing
a new healthy environment, Spiky made an almost instantaneous
full recovery and never acted like a weirdo ever again :). Hey, I
just had a thought: After all he WAS kept at the office. An office
would turn anyone into a complete
In short, my advice
to you is go get a brand new bowl, bare and do not add anything to
it for the time being. The less stuff in it the less things we have
to rule out. Just a plain 1 gal bowl. Then use water from a
different source. If you are now using tap water, use bottled water.
If you are using bottled water, then prepare
treated tap water (follow my recipe or else!!). We are going to
switch your betta to a different water from a different source. This
is what I want you to do (exactly verbatim):
Put both bowls on
same table/shelf so that the water temps in each bowl is the
Fill new bowl
with new water and make/have extra water left over cause we are
going to need it (you'll see)
very gently dump
80% of your old bowl's water while still keeping the betta in
it. Do not dump it in the drain. Betta might jump and fall in it
(duh). Use a clean bucket or do it over the lawn. You can put a
fish net under and dump water through so your betta will not
fall to the ground should he decide to leap.
Now add the new
water to the old bowl where the betta still is at the rate of
10% each 2 hours. After about a day you now should have 80% of
the new water in with the 20% of old water in your old bowl with
the betta (right?).
Now take your
small net and net the betta, let it drip a bit so to bring as
little of the water with you as possible. THEN place the betta
in new bowl by "dropping" him gently (as in do not dip
the net in the new bowl).
discard old bowl
and old net. (oh and get a new net to replace it when you go buy
your new bowl).
By doing above you
have insured that: 1)- temps were even 2)- betta was very
gradually acclimated to the new water 3)- only betta is moved
to new environment and none of his old water is.
Add 4 drops of
maracide per 1 gal (yes I know it is 4 times the dosage but worry
not I do it all the time). Do not add it again until you do your
next water change (1 week later). Obviously from now on you will use
the same type of "new" water and not the old type (duh).
If in 1 to 2 weeks your betta is still not back to normal, email me.
Goodluck and I hope
this works for you. Dismissed and get to work. (and STOP staring at
the little thingie going in circles above) LOL.
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