Ok this is a little long but I kept it as organized as possible because I have a few questions. i really hope people will still read this because I could really use the help <3
I have a female betta fish that I've had for over a month now. As of the past few days she's become a bit less "energetic". she's been laying on the rocks at the bottom of the tank.
A few days before she started this, she seemed to *sleep on the plants* close to the top... We thought she was dead a few times then shed turn her eyes to look at me and would start swimming again... Then return to where she was not long after. *
I just assumed she got weird at first, but I'm beginning to get a little worried.
Instead of being weird at the top of the tank, now she's being weird at the bottom
So here are the main issues,*
1) a few days ago she was "sitting still" at the top of the tank. Then she'd move a bit when I turned it or she saw me looking at her for a minute or so. She'd swim for a few seconds then go back to where she was. A few days after being at the top, she switched to hanging out at the bottom.
----her weird behaviors were new. I assumed it was because the tank needed to be cleaned so I did----
2) now she continues to lay at the bottom of the tank much of the time only swimming up for a few seconds. Then she goes back down and lays at the bottom.
3) she isn't paying much attention to her food
Here is what i atttempted on trying to fix problems 1 and 2:
Her rocks were thoroughly rinsed with water a few times before they were moved into the new tank.
The water in the tank is also conditioned with betta water conditioner.
I tested the water and according to the kit, it's perfect.
For problem 3...
When i first got her, I used to cut the food pellets in half because she had a hard time getting the pellets into her mouth. It worked for quite a bit, then I started to feed her the regular sized ones thinking maybe she had trouble before because she was a baby. She still had a bit of a hard time but she was starting to get the hang of it and started to eat them.
--Recently, she stopped bothering to go after the pellets after one or two tries. Last night she didnt eat at all. Finally, tonight when I fed her, I tried the old method of cutting them in half and she still wasnt interested.
Here's the research I did:
From similar questions people have posted, many said that a loss of appetite and swimming to the bottom meant that they were cold, but the water seems pretty warm to me (a little warmer than room temperature)*
I really don't think that's the case.
Some said it may be due to over feeding but she gets 1-2 pellets a day.
I'M COMPLETELY OUT OF IDEAS! I don't know what is causing it. Did she just have a personality change and isn't all that hungry anymore?
Thank you so much to those who took the time to read this!