My 4+ year old betta, Sperham, started acting odd today. I noticed him lying on his side and breathing heavily. For the past few weeks he's had a dull color and almost a sunken in appearance of the face.
He lives in a 5 gallon glass aquarium with filter (currently turned off to prevent sucking him in), heater, and hood. He has all silk plants and one rock decoration that's been smoothed down of sharp edges. I did a 50/50 water change tonight with treated water and a tsp of aquarium salt. He can move around, but when he does it's erratic and he has no interest in food. He swam into the side several times before he got himself to a plant and lay on it panting.
I know he's older than the lifespan stated for bettas, so I'm fully aware he could just be on his way out from something like organ failure/old age.
What do you guys think?