Hello, I'm new here and I'm having a problem with my poor little guy!
I've had my betta for about a year and a half and haven't had any issues with him. I'm a university student so Rutherford has made several car trips with me back and forth from home to school in the past. He just made a trip yesterday and I've noticed today that he's been very inactive. He's spent most of the day lying on the stones on the bottom of his bowl. He does this for short periods normally, but not this often. I gave him some food to encourage him to surface so I could see him swim. He seems to be struggling- his fins seem to be working much harder than usual, but he's not using his tail fin- he has it clamped together to that the end comes to a point, and it seems that as he swims, his back end drags him back and pulls his body vertical. He did come up and ate but it seemed to be a lot of work, and now he's back on the bottom. Any idea what's up with him?
Sorry, while I'm a pre-veterinary student, I know very little about fish!! Thank you!!
Actually, now that I've looked around, it seems others have what sounds like the same problem as well. This is the most accurate response I've found elsewhere online: