My mother decided to surprise me with a betta. Unlike my last one, all his behaviors were normal throughout the week until this afternoon when I noticed he was staying at the top of his tank.
I cleaned his tank last night because I noticed there was two rather large poops at the bottom and it'd been around 3 days since he was moved in. It seemed like a good time to clean. I did the same method I'd used for another betta I'd owned a number of years. After he settled I noticed he was purposely making bubbles, but instead of nest building he was jumping at them and biting them (or watching them pop). He was still getting air normally, so I assumed he was just entertaining himself.
Skip to this afternoon, I noticed he was still playing with bubbles but I also noticed he wasn't swimming down much. He'd also occasionally 'slip' into laying sideways.
He still attempts to swim down, but just floats back up. He's also flared at his reflection, attempted to follow my pencil outside his tank, jumped at things he found interesting etc. His energy is very much there. He's just not swimming to the bottom.
He is a rather tiny betta compared to my older one, so I can believe I accidentally overfed him with 4 pellets (he hasn't pooped since the tank cleaning, and might have gone without pooping the day previous). My roommate's boyfriend was also rather rude, as he turned the temperature in the house last night to low 70s without consulting people. Normally it's high 70s low 80s. It's Florida, so usually it is rather tropical here and temperature isn't a problem. I'm not sure why he did this, but if it affected the fish I'd like to know. (certainly affected me. I woke up cold
Right now my plan of action is simply to fast him a bit and possibly find frozen peas, assuming I gave the little guy too much and that's what's affecting his swim bladder. But if the 'bubble eating' is also a problem I'd like to know that too. I can't say I've ever had a betta purposely make bubbles then dart at them.
I assume a plant could entertain him if that's the case?
What size is your tank? 1 gallon
What temperature is your tank? usually 76
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? I haven't been able to find a safe heater that can keep the tank warm without overheating in Florida.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? betta bites
How often do you feed your betta fish? 4 pieces a day
How often do you perform a water change? So far only once
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? No
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? I notice he's not swimming to the bottom, or that when he does it gives him difficulty.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? This afternoon (thursday)
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I'm initiating a fast
Does your fish have any history of being ill? I'm not sure
How old is your fish (approximately)? I've had him since Sunday
Is the fast and pea treatment seriously enough? I really don't want to lose this fish. Having a companion in the apartment (that isn't my over controlling roommate or her boyfriend) helps me out tremendously and keeps my depression from creeping in. Plus I want the fish to be comfortable and happy. I know his current conditions are far from it, but I intend on saving a little here and there to 'build up' a nicer tank home once a friend can give me a drive off campus to a pet store. Ideally I'd like him to still be around for that.