I got a female betta a 3 days ago, she's my first female I've ever had.
She's been acting weird since day 1 though, I don't know what she's doing or if it's normal.
Vega- my boy in his 24ltr tank swims all around his tank and is energetic and responsive, and the betta I had before him was the same, very responsive and energetic.
But compared to them, Chun-Li doesn't do anything... she just sort of hovers around the top corner of her tank.
Maybe now and again swims to another corner and hovers there.... get bored, move to another corner est but ALWAYS at the surface.
She CAN be energetic, as soon as food goes in the tank she's on it like a savage! she LOVES her food!
and she CAN swim normally, I've watched her! she'll swim down to grab sinking food.
I'm wondering if this is normal though? she's my first female, I wouldn't have thought that they'd be that different to males other than the male aggression thing but so far she's proving me wrong!
I've done tests on her water, everything came up fine!
Amonia was 0, nitrite was 0 and nitrate was SLIGHTLY up but only very very slightly 0.5
Her PH is at 7.0
She has a heater, her temp is kept at 26C
Her filter has a bubble spray option so it filters and oxygenates.
I use API's "stress coat" as a dechlorinator (its pretty multi purpose stuff, it dechlorinates, keeps stress down and has added aloe vira in case a fish gets wounded)
No light though, Vega has one but she doesn't.
Her tank is only small, 15ltr but I tried her in the 64ltr with my tetras and she just swam to the bottom and hid, I got a bit scared when she wasn't coming up for air so I moved her to the smaller tank on her own and that's where she's been since.
It doesn't look like swim bladder, she's not off balance or anything and as I said I have seen her swim normally to retrieve food... but then I've only ever seen swim bladder in goldfish and don't know if bettas suffer the same way since they don't breathe the same way goldfish do.
I've looked through some symptoms for various illnesses but I can't put my finger on anything :(
I wondered if anyone else had any suggestions?
If she's ill I want to get her treated.
I don't know if she's just submissive or actually ill but she's been like this since the day I got her.
Thank you (: