Hi everyone. My male betta, Sassypants, is acting like a, well, Sassypants. He's always had attitude, and he's very sensitive to changes in his environment. His reaction to change is pacing the back glass of his tank, all day and maybe all night. Usually this stops after a day or so of a change.
Now, he's doing it all the time, with no change in the tank! I did get him to eat a bit yesterday, but he's just pacing, back and forth, like it's a compulsion or something. He seems to be favoring one particular corner, as in swimming and staying there a bit before he starts out again.
I am worried the little dude's gonna exhaust himself. What I had planned on doing was stopping up the back area with lots of plants, so he can't pace and can't see the glass so much(in case of some reflection). Other than that, I can't possibly thing what could be wrong. The tank is big (10G) and fully cycled, warm,moderately planted, double filtered (sponge filters), and generally pretty wonderful. Does anyone have any other ideas?? Thank you!
What size is your tank? 10G
What temperature is your tank? 80F
Does your tank have a filter?Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?Yes
YeIs your tank heated?Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?No one. Used to be two nerites, but they passed away. More in quarantine.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?Mix of NLS, Omega One, and frozen brine shrimp
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2X/day. He's still young, approx. 5months.
How often do you perform a water change?1X a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?about 80%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?Prime, and I add a drop of seachem flourish comp for the plants.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Nitrate:maybe 2. Plants eat it up.
Hardness: Highish Gdh, Moderate Kdh
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?None
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?Restless pacing. All.the.time
When did you start noticing the symptoms?About two days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill? He's kind of mentally fragile
How old is your fish (approximately)? approx. 5 months