One of my 2 Betta fish recently died. He was about 2 and a half years old. WHen he was about 1 and a half I got my other fish. They were in seperate bowls near each other. He grew up knowing the older one and when he passed got really depressed and stopped eating. At first I thought it was stress since I had recently moved him to a warmer room for the winter but then i noticed he didnt have any stress lines or most stress symptoms. I got freeze-dried bloodworms which bettas are known to love but refuses them. Is this depression? Ive listed his symptoms.
-stays at one area at the bottom of bowl for 30 mins or until somebody comes into the room. (then he will swim away)
-will quickly swim away from a finger moving around the glass. Most betta fish will follow it.
-only goes to the top of bowl for air
-runs away from food pellet and ignores bloodworms
Is it only because he is full and constipated?
I got another betta to fill the deceased ones bowl and put it next to him.Whenever they each go to the side of the bowl and see each they show their beards and then just swim away. Will they eventually grow to like each other? If so, will that cure his depression. PLease answer fast because Im afraid that if he doesnt eat within a week he will die from hunger.