I have a beautiful three year old red betta named Fishum. He's a man's man, ladies man - loved by all.
A week ago I did something bad - I ran out of his pellets so I gave him some flakes. He was quite snobby about it and let me know he was clearly unimpressed.
I was really busy last week so he had to go about three days with flakes, which he barely ate. Then I went to the pet shop and bought his regular pellets, hoping he would love me again for making such a mistake in his diet.
I gave him his pellets but he didn't seem hungry. I thought that was weird but figured he'd eat while I went to work. When I came back, I noticed he wasn't as active and floating almost vertically and very still. Two days ago got much worse, now he's bloated and his little scales are poking out a little bit and he has a white spot on the top of his fin. WHAT HAPPENED???
I read online last night that I shouldn't feed him right now so I scooped out his food and have been spending the morning with him. I put his bowl under a lamp and am playing some music - he likes it.
He seemed to interact a lot with my boyfriend this morning, but he just looks miserable. I tried to feed him some peas and he was not having it.
I read somewhere that I could give him a bath in epsom salt. What's the proper way to do that?
I know bettas aren't supposed to live a long time, but he was fine and now all of a sudden, he seems to be near death! I believe he still has a lot of life left in him, I just have to try to save him! Help!
I'm just relieved because now he's moving his little fins again. I'm gone a lot and he hasn't had a whole lot of interaction. I don't want to part with him, but I also don't want him to die from boredom or neglect. What do I do!!?