Hi guys, I have noticed some peculiar behavior in my baby betta Copernicus. My family is in town, so today I wasn't home to feed him his normal 2 pellets in the afternoon, however I did feed him around 3 this morning around 10. When I got home today, my fiancÚ flipped on the kitchen light (he had been in the dark for about 3 hours) and then turned on his moonlighting. He was underneath his plant leaves sleeping, I presume, and then he swam up to the surface after he noticed us but was pale and stressed striped. I then feed him 4 pellets, but he kept missing everyone...which is not normal for him. He usually jumps out of the water when our hand hovers over the surface. Eventually he ended up finding the pellets and eating them, but he also kept trying to eat every bubble on e surface, which is also odd. He normally will swim up to them, but quickly realizes it isn't food. What is going on???? Note: he's not going blind because he sees my finger on the outside of the class and swims up to it.
What size is your tank? 5 gal
What temperature is your tank? 76-80
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? No, but I live in Hawaii
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Hikari bio gold
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3 pellets 2x a day 2 pellets 1x a day or every other day brine shrimp
How often do you perform a water change? Every 3 days
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Aqua plus conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
I tested it yesterday, but don't remember most.
Ammonia: don't remember, was low though...
Hardness: not sure
Alkalinity: not sure
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? None, just stress stripes
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Odd behavior at feeding
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 5 min ago when I woke him
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I haven't.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No.
How old is your fish (approximately)? 1 month? Got him as a baby betta at petco roughly 2 1/2 weeks ago