Hey guys! I just got back from vacation and I was only gone a few days but I decided to leave Zombie in the care of a close friend who also has a betta. I told her that she didn't have to change the water because it was only a few days and I had just changed it before I gave him to her. I figured he could survive an extra day without a water change and as soon as I got him back (ten minutes ago?) I changed his water and he's now all set up in his newly changed tank.
He is worrying me a little, however. When I got him back his color seems to have drained a little bit and his fins are slightly clamped but they unclamp a little when he swims. He's breathing regularly and doesn't seem to have trouble swimming, however he seems very inactive, choosing to float near the top of his gallon tank. He has no visible signs of distress and I'm thinking that it MAY just be because he's cold? But I wanted to check and see what you guys thought.
Here's more info about his home and feeding and such:
One Gallon tank with gravel, cave, silk plants that reach up to the surface, and a thermometer.
I use conditioned tap water which I change 50% of every other day and then completely every saturday.
I feed him three pellets in the morning and two pellets and a bloodworm at night which he eats quickly and eats all of without spitting any out.
His thermometer right now is reading seventy six or so but I have a heat pad next to the tank to try and get it up to eighty.
I have purchased a proper heater but unfortunately it has not yet come in the mail so I'm waiting for that.
I'm sorry for the long post! I'm just a little paranoid...