I can't tell if my betta's just getting fat or if he's growing. He hasn't developed SBD or anything, so I'm fairly sure he isn't constipated or hugely overfed. Before I do something like cut back on his food until he looks 'right', I figured I would ask here.
Some observations I've had of him over the last week:
- Two weekends ago - My boy went into my new 20L
- Early last week, he developed small, symmetric bumps on his caudal penducle (symmetrically on both sides). As the week went on, I just chalked it up to muscle growth (first image)
- Late last week, I caught him eviscerating an algae wafer
- Tonight, I caught the little bugger with his face inside an old zucchini trying to gut it, but it didn't look like he ate anything. When I went to put a new slice in for them, my betta went right for the zucchi and started ripping seeds out of it and eating at least one of them. (last image)
His behavior is completely the same, which basically consists of him swimming laps across my 20L tank all day with breaks to chase the endlers back into the corner of the tank he decided they should live in.
I've been feeding him 1-2 betta bites, 2x a day. 2 or 3 times last week, he got brine shrimp (usually 3, but on Saturday, I accidentally squirted too many in (all of which he ate before they hit the bottom).
His tank has all sorts of plants, as well as MTS and pond snails. When he first got introduced to the tank, the first thing he did upon being released was seek out a pond snail and chomp it.