Hi pps! This post is made mostly to put my mind at ease because i cant quite figure out if there is anything wrong with Piou (my VT). I have him for almost two months now and he is been healthy, active, playfull and eats like a little pig. But lets go over the basics shall we:
What size is your tank? 37g (IF i made the convertion right its 130 Liters)
What temperature is your tank? 27 Celcious
Does your tank have a filter? As per the last month Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Yes
Is your tank heated? Yes but due to high heat in Greece at the time the thermostat is off the water temp is stable on its own
. I check if its functional though and it is.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None currenlty he is the king of the castle :)
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Betta micro pelets and blood worms. (Sera brand)
. Had to force him on blood worms for about a month though due to no availability of pelets, he is on both for about 2 weeks again though.
How often do you feed your betta fish? 6 times a week. 2 doses of micro pelets a day
. About 2-3 micro pelets per dose. On the sixth day i give him a couple of blood worms and on the 7th day he is fasting.
How often do you perform a water change? Weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? About 30%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Declorinator and i used a fert two times about a month ago in order to save my java fern and christamas moss.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Alkalinity: Dont know
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? No changes in appereance
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He seems to stay on the bottom or hang in a cave or plant, up untlil he sees someone enter the room then he begins to swim at the front of the glass and dancing puffing his gills etc.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 2 days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No treatment bc i dont know if he is sick.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? I have him for 2 months, the fact that he grew up a couple of cm when i got him must mean he is relatively young.
Now with that covered the real question: Two days ago he started hanging around in the bottom. The gravel inside the fern a cave whatever he seemed to like. When i enter the room, it takes 2-3 secs for him to realise and then he comes out from whereever he is and comes to greet me at the glass. He stays there,swiming around for as long as i am in the room and then retreats again. There doesnt seem to be any signs of desease, his body is good, his belly is what some people describe as healthy rounded, his eyes are ok. He even jumps in an attempt to bite my nose when i hang directly above him. I just dont know why he is lethargic when noone is arround. Could it be possible that he has grown an attachment to me and he feels lonely? That sounds a little silly...but do they do that?
Also this last week i have been keeping the lights on the aquarium off and as a result it got only little indirect sunlight. I had a diattom bloom for no apparent reason (or rather because of the ferts) and i was told to keep the light off. Could it be possible the lack of light to have put him into 'sleepy mode'? I know bettas dont like bright lights but...
Anyway advice is welcome. Sorry for the huge post.