I know this thread is months old but I didn't want to start this whole story over.
So Alejandro is still blind. I keep googling "blind bettas", "why is my betta blind", "popeye vs cataracts" . .. etc etc. He definitely seems blind in BOTH eyes but the other day when I put some meds in his hospital tank his one eye turned grey. No change in behavior at all, just his eye turned grey. Maybe it was just the meds but I wonder if anyone out there has any expertise on this kind of thing.
I read that it could be caused by a fungus or bacteria or injury (but that seems likely for just one eye, not both) .. . old age. . .bright light .. etc. I am moving soon and my mom is willing to care for him since I didn't feel like I should re home a sick betta .. so I think I have until I move to figure out how or whether to treat him. My mom won't mess around with meds but she's willing to take care of him long term. (She has done that for over a month when I traveled).
And these are photos of the tank a little before I added some more floating plants and that lamp. So it's just to give an idea of how much cover he did have .. but that light was still really bright I guess. So like these photos but with more plants and another "castle" thingy to hide in.
Well that would make me feel a lot better! He was my favorite betta because of his sweet cute personality and now the poor guy just sits around and I think of the sad theme song from Les Mis when I see him, lol.
Well- with my mom, ha ha. I'm moving in 2 weeks by airplane so my mom, who loves animals, generously offered to take care of him for as long as he lives, since I didn't feel right trying to rehome him. I also didn't think it was a good idea to try to ship him and all my plants to NJ from AZ.
I think she is bitten by the betta bug anyway. I went to a nice planted tank store the other day and she was drooling at these beautiful black bettas. :)
There's no way the lights in my tank blinded my guy. No cloudiness... I think it was genetic. I was confused at first because I bought him not blind and he went blind after I had him a couple weeks. I am nearly 100% sure it was genetic because nothing else makes sense. So I guess they can be born with their sight and lose it as they get older...
The only other possible speculation I've heard was that high pH could possibly cause it, but there isn't really anything to support that, its just speculation. I don't think its anything you did. Unless the light was super bright and on for way too long and the tank was bare, I don't think it was a light problem.