Hey, sorry if this is in the wrong section.. wasn't really sure where else it would go. I've had a male betta for around 3 weeks at this point. When I got home and prepared the tank.. I noticed he was one his side. To which I assumed he was dead, anyway he fixed himself upright again. However, I noticed he kept doing it; sometimes even turning completely upside down. Upon putting him in the tank, I noticed he was also struggling to swim. He just stayed at the top, never tired swimming down. I also noticed that his back looked crooked. I searched online and came to the conclusion that he had swim bladder disorder. So I kinda just hoped for the best and assumed it might pass.
Anyway, a few days later I noticed he was swimming slightly better (still not very good). He on occasion swam to the bottom of the tank. I figured, maybe he was improving... eh, not so much. 3 weeks later, he still just floats at the top and for the most part floats on his side. Sometimes he'll make a quick sprint, but it never lasts long. He obviously must be eating (how else would he still be alive). So my question is could he just be handicapped or even challenged? I feel bad, because I'm not sure if he is suffering.. idk, any suggestions?