So the other morning, my husband says, "Ya might wanna get your fish net. There's something wrong with your fish."
My response was, "which fish?" -- I have several tanks.
"Your betta - he's got something in his mouth..."
OMG - What?!
I run into the bedroom and sure enough Zen is laying on his side at the bottom of the his tank. And there's something kinda see through sticking out of his mouth. After some shuffling and running around we locate the small fish net and manage to get him scooped out into a plastic cup. After a little light massage he spits out the body of one of his tanks mates. A smallish ghost shrimp. I guess the shrimp had died in the night, it's shell was still in the tank. And Zen thought - well hey, that looks yummy. And he managed to get 90% of the shrimp body into his mouth. Where it promptly got stuck. I'm sure he would have died if Nathan hadn't noticed him laying on the bottom of his tank.
I did a 50% water change and left the lights off for 2 days to give him a chance to rest. And now he seems fine. But a little lonely. I think he's going to be a 1 fish per tank kinda guy.
So - just a word of warning to everyone out there who keeps shrimp with their betta's. Keep and eye on them, it could go badly.