I had a sympathy betta buy Wednesday. He's had to stay in the cup till today, (Friday).
When I found him, I bought him because he looked sick and funny looking. Torn fins, duller color, slightly bent spine, very skinny. I couldn't leave him there!
He seemed to be doing okay in his cup. So when I got home today I set his home up. It's a 2 gal tank, sand substrate, 25Watt adjustable heater, and 2 plants.
So after the sand settled, I acclimated him. Put him in, seemed all good.
Came back a little later, didn't look as good. I just thought he was stressed being in this 'big new tank' and from the car ride home (6+hours)
So a little bit ago, I noticed he was at the top of the tank, just sitting there. "Crap! Is he dead?" no, but the heater decided to heat the tank to 88*! So I francticly try and get the heat down, and it's down to 84*. Everything's all good, right? Nope! He'll be floating straight up and down, head down, or at the top, almost sideways. Make that all the way sideways now
I haven't been able to get him to eat any peas, because I am guessing his swim bladder is all whacked up. He's eaten a tiny bit of flake food. I'm really worried about him!
I had another betta die on me not too long ago. I am dead set of saving this betta and proving my family wrong that big tanks kill them..