Originally Posted by 9 Bettas
I hope he didn't wear himself out flaring at my new betta (I don't have much space where the tanks are so I have to put Scuito's next to his).
As long as its not all day every day, flaring at other fish is actually good for them - good excersize. And as for 2 - 3 years old being old age, I had one live til at least 7!!
That diagnosis is sorta close. Mine just seem like they need to sink as soon as they have been up for air and always butt first. 2 at the moment are sitting up the top of the tanks between the heater and the glass, just under the surface. Black is just floating there and Levi is acutally using the plastic heater mount to sit on. Prince is hanging around the bottom of the tank but doesn't seem to be having as much trouble with the sinking as the other two.
Sam (Sambucca) was butt down, head up all the time, sometimes couldn't make it to the surface so I actually had to lower his water lever near the end just so he could breathe and feed if he wanted to. He actually ate right up til the last day.
I put something between their tanks so they couldn't see each other.
Mine have the same symptoms as yours do. My female as being laying at the top of the water lately, just sleeping, almost all the time. Kinda odd.
When Scuito goes up for air he comes down butt first, just like yours