My Mr. P has been acting awfully listless lately. He eats normally and does not seem like he is having any difficulty swimming. He appears the same. Can betta fish get depressed, lonely or bored? The behavior has changed since I moved him from my college dorm to my family home for the summer. At college, we lived in a studio apartment and his tank sat on my desk. I was always there doing my homework and he seemed like he really enjoyed watching me. Myself or my roommate were always home, so it was like he had constant entertainment. Now he lives on my bedroom dresser. I am virtually the only one who goes in my room, and I'm so busy with summer fun, a summer class, and my new job next week that I am hardly ever there. I got him an mystery snail to see if he would enjoy having a tankmate, but he was so rough on the snail that we moved it to my boyfriend's 10 gallon tank today. Mr. P either hovers near the water line or sits on the bottom of the tank. He perks up when I come over to feed him. What's wrong with him? Is it possible that he is bored and lonely? I was thinking about moving him downstairs to the kitchen, where he will see more action during the day. I have four other family members and two cats, but none of them (except the cats) spend time in my room besides me.
Just in case:
What size is your tank? 2.5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 80 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? Formerly a small apple/mystery snail, snail was moved today because betta harassed it too much
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Omega One pellets and the occasional freezedried bloodworm
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once or twice a day, between four and six pellets a day
How often do you perform a water change? Once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50-75%
What type of additives do you use? Betta Conditioner, API Stress Coat, and Top Fin Bacteria Supplement once a month
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? No
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Has not changed
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? The best way I can describe it is sulking and generally looking listless and bored
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Today
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No treatment
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Intense bout with gill infection and columnaris when I first got him from Petsmart. About a month and a half ago.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Probably less than a year.