We have a female betta fish named Dolly.
The other day, I put her into a deep bowl and she flopped out and landed on her side on the kitchen counter. We had read that they sometimes will flop out of bowls, etc. So we use deep containers. She appeared fine when I put her back.
Shortly after, I cleaned the bowl. This time, I believe she went into shock due to a slightly different temperature. She appeared fine after that.
We discussed not to give additional food...and some extra food was was given to her.
She's have a difficult time swimming straight. She sometimes floats on her side. Believe me, we are super, super Betta parents and they get the best of care.
Care so far:
I cleaned out bowl and gradually changed the water. I put about 1/2 tsp of aquarium salt (she's in about a gallon of water). I also put a pea on each end of a toothpick. I haven't seen her poop yet today. She does look swollen around the tummy area.
Her fins aren't damaged. At least what we can see.
We absolutely adore Dolly. She has huge black eyes. Super intelligent. She watches everything. She has even watched our male bettas blow bubbles and now she makes a bubble nest. We put up magazines and she goes from left to right like she is reading the articles. Loves the photos.
Please help with any advice possible. We can't lose Dolly!