Hi all. Just joined, and really need some help.
I have 2 Betta's. Blue, and Bow. I've had Blue for about 2 years, and he is just acting weird.
On Sunday I was changing his water, and cleaning his home, and noticed he was laying on his side, on the bottom of the tank, and swimming kinda cockeyed, and erratically. I thought he was dying! Came online, and looked up his symptoms.
First some background...
I got him as a gift, and the friend who gave him to me told me she had done all the research, and how to care for him. She's an animal nut like me, and I trusted her.
He's been in a large vase with a plant and I've been good about changing his water and feeding, but I've found I've been wrong in his care. He's such a wonderful little guy, and I want to make sure his quality of life is as good as it can be.
Ok, so I learned what I've been doing wrong. I've made lot's of changes for both my guys to make sure they have the right amount of room, filters, water testing stuff,heaters, have meds on hand, and all that jazz.
It turns out he had the Bladder problem, so I fasted him for 2 days, and gave him a bit of a pea, as was suggested somewhere. He's in his new tank, and doing much better now.
The reason I'm posting about his age is this, he is not as active, his color is changing, he spends more time hanging out in his plants.
How do you know if a Betta is getting old?
Are there any signs? If he needs specific care, I'll do what I can for him, but if he is just getting old, I'll just keep him happy.
I appreciate any answers that ya'll can give me!
Thanks ahead of time for helpin'!