Hello! So today we went to PetCo to look for some silk plants to prepare our tank for a new Betta. I recently had a Betta, Amo, but he passed away for some unknown reasons. Well, we were looking at the Betta fish and I saw one swimming on his side sometimes. My fiance' tried to tell me that they were probably helping him and he would be fine. So I told an employee, who instead of helping the fish, shook the cup, saying 'he was sleeping'. Well, then the fish went back to his side, attempting to swim down at times. He would sometimes look like he was able to swim. Well, immediately I was mad and grabbed him and bought him. I know he may not make it, but I would like to do whatever I can to help him.
So, we have a 10 gallon tank, with a heater and low current filter. It has been cycling for a couple weeks, but still not ready we found out. So we are doing a few more water changes and they said it should be good from then on.
Well, we put the new betta in his cup floating in a large glass fish bowl that we have. We put stress coat and stress zyme in the water, and he is just floating in his little store bowl, hopefully adjusting to the water.
We were wondering if there was any advice on what to do to help him? I heard to not feed him for a couple days then try a canned pea? I asked the guy at my own pet store downtown, and he never heard of that, said that was for goldfish. He said not feeding him may help, or not do anything.
The fish looks fine though. He swims fine and breathes fine. Just floats to the top and on his side and cannot swim down if he tries.
The man said to take him back to PetCo, but I really just want to give the fish a chance. I understand he may not make it, just want to know any advice. I hope I can get some before I add him to the bowl.