Hi! Thank you in advance for any help you can give me.
We purchased our very first Betta Fish (or any fish for that matter) in May from our local PetSmart. We LOVE our fishy. His name is Teddy Bear. Don't ask me - my 5 year old named him that.
Our little guy has been very active and happy since we brought him home. He lives in a small tank with a filter. I have been religious about changing the water when the filter slows down or there is no more water coming out of it. We have been consistent about feeding him 2-3 pellets of food a day. He has seemed happy in our home and we love having him around.
B/c we have a 5 and 3 year old, we have his tank in the kitchen so we can keep a close eye. There have been times when our 3 year old manages to climb up on the counter and will hit the tank. These times are rare and we correct his behavior.
Our big issue right now...there is something definitely wrong with TB. For the last few weeks he has stopped eating and doesn't move around very much. His favorite places to hide are behind the filter and at the bottom of the tank near a fake plant. My husband has come in on many occasions telling me he is dead....i know he isn't. He is just resting or sleeping...he is pretty much out of it. You can tap lightly on the tank and he won't even move. But then an hour later, you will see him roaming through the tank and maybe coming up to the surface for air or food.
He has developed a discoloration on his face. On both sides. He is a vibrant orange/red color. These spots are dark. They started out white and now they are darkening.
There were a few weeks that he would come to the surface for food, he would put a pellet in his mouth, try to swallow, but couldn't. The food would just come out of his mouth, float on the surface of the water, and he would disappear to his hiding spot. It was almost like he lost the ability to swallow.
In the last week, he has been eating 1 pellet a day. He can keep them down now.
Bottom line, we are worried and don't know what is wrong with him or what we can do to fix it and make him better. I checked out the disease sticky in this forum but I can't seem to pin down which disease he may have. I was hoping someone could help me diagnose him AND help me work on the treatment. We love this little guy and want him to get better.
Please help if you can! Thanks!!!