Hi, I was wondering if I could get a little help with my CT Betta.
I came home tonight to find him chilling in the back of the tank behind the filter with his mouth out of the water and his tail hanging down at an angle. He doesn't seem to be gasping, but conserving energy. He's waving his front fins to keep himself steady, but isn't swimming around or feeding or begging like he normally does.
I have him in a cycled, planted 5 Gallon tank.
There are two filters and an aerator on one.
The tank is heated and kept at 78 F.
I do a 25% water change every other day and a 50% once a week, treating it with Seachem Prime and some plant fertilizer. I also usually have to top it up every day with some pretreated water too.
He has two dwarf cories and a ghost shrimp for tankmates (a third dwarf corie he killed a day ago).
The ghost shrimp gets a quarter algae tab every other day.
The beta gets 4-5 Betta tabs in the morning and a few shrimp flakes in the night I use to distract him so I can sink more flakes for the cories in the opposite corner from where I feed him.
Normally my Betta is swimming all over, exploring the plants, hanging out in the bubbles from the aerator, and always comes right to the front as soon as I walk into the room to beg for food or show off and swim around for me, but tonight I have become really concerned because he's just hiding there.
His belly does look a little big like he maybe ate too much earlier, but when he has done that in the past, it hasn't made him seem so stressed.
It doesn't appear that he has Ich.
I don't see his scales sticking out with the pinecone look.
I don't see any copper dusting on his scales or apparent worms or inflammations.
I will try and post some pictures since I think that may help.