So, I was doing my shopping at Walmart when I passed the tropical fish section. I thought I'd have a look at the fish. Bad idea. I ended up buying one of the females because she was so skinny and tiny. I have her in a 2.5 gallon now with a heater.
When I first got her she was a bit lethargic. She was just floating in the middle of the water. Before I fed put her into her new tank, if ed her (just in case she was would become too stressed in her new tank to eat. I fed her a dried bloodworm. It was a really big blood worm as well. She's a little less than an inch long. I didn't think that she would be able to eat it, but she scarfed it down.
When I first put her into the tank about two hours later (I had to go to the per store for a couple things), she seemed to be doing fine. She was swimming around a bit and checking out her environment. I tried to feed her. She bit it, and then spit it back out. Later that night (about four hours later) I noticed that she was just sitting at the top. I didn't really think much of it, since she had had a long, stressful day.
But when I woke up in the morning, she was still there. I stirred the water a little to see if she had died, but then she started moving. She tried to swim to the bottom, but it was obvious that she was having trouble. I think I over fed her and now she's constipated and having trouble with her swim bladder. I've had a constipated betta once before, but he was active. This betta is just sitting at the top, not moving at all. You'd think she was dead.
The temperature of the tank right now is about 75 degrees (at the end opposite of the heater.) I've got peas to feed her if she doesn't get better after a day of fasting, but I tried to feed her this morning, and she didn't even look at the food.
I know that waiting out constipation is best, but I'm worried because she is very very skinny and not active at all. I put in some aquarium salt, but it doesn't seem to have helped much.
Any advice would be greatly appretiated. I really want this betta to live.