Okay, so I bought me and my brother both bettas last winter. they were both the smallest crowntail males we could find. His is purple with red and mines blue with purple. When I brought them home my fish he was crazy, always swimming all over and lookin around and it took him awhile to finally eat. My brothers fish was the shy one who hid all day. Now they are opposite, my bros is swimming all over lookin around and mine is at the bottom of the bowl.
Recently (about 2 months ago) I noticed he started laying sideways on his rocks a lot. not completly on his side, his head was up. But yea.. So I took him back to petco and asked them what was wrong. They said he might be constipated and that I should switch his food a lot and try feeding him less. So I started giving them both a little bit of blood worms. It didn't really change anything, I started giving him 2 pellets one time a day.. and no change. His tum-tum doesn't look bloated or anything.
His rocks in his tank were these big flat rocks. I was wondering if since he was laying on them so much if they were hurting him 'cause they have sharp edges. So today I threw them out and put him in a completely brand new 1/2 gallon bowl and gave him smoother round rocks, and 2 colorful red (not live) plants for more hiding spaces. He was still layin' on his side even after the change. He hasn't died, and he still eats and goes up for air..
Does anyone else have a betta that likes to chill on it's side at the bottom of the bowl? My bros betta doesnt do that.
Every once in awhile he's active but not as often as before.
Let's see if there's anything else I can let you know...
It's in tap water that I let sit 24 hrs till room temp. I use that chlorine remover stuff, and I use the correct amoung of drops. My room is about 70+ degrees. They have been fine in this temp for the past like 7 mos we've had them. There is no filter or thermostate in their tank.. I made sure to wash all their new rocks and plants and bowls thoroughly before putting them inside. And I clean there bowls like every 3-4 days to keep it fresh. I feed them 2-3 pellets 1 time in the morning and 1 time before bed. They have a lamp right over them for the evening and in the day time I have my curtains open so they can have sunlight. I dunno why he lays on his side like that but any helpful tips would be great. :]