Normally, I'm up and off to work too early to turn on the fish tank lights and wake up all the critters, so my husband does this before he goes to work. So, I don't get to see my fish waking up, in their pjs, bad hair, etc. I see them a few hours after that, after they've had their showers and brushed their teeth.
But this morning was a little different.... my husband and I went on a little day trip today and we left home around 5:30am, and I
woke up the fish.
I turned on Leroy's light and was going to give him a little breakfast. I knelt down and didn't see him begging to be fed. Hmm.... I looked around his tank a little (he's got a "huge" 6 gallon tank... lol) but I couldn't see him. He doesn't really have anywhere to hide. I pulled his tank out so I could see on the side of the corner filter. Nothing. I tapped pretty hard on the glass. Nothing. I pulled out the corner filter in case he was playing hide and seek and just was giggling in the corner because I couldn't find him. Nothing. Shoot, where the heck IS he!? He's not there! I did a 50% water change yesterday, but I KNOW I didn't flush him! I checked the bucket before I dumped the water! I even fed him after I cleaned his tank! lol I told my husband "Leroy's gone!" I looked on the floor, maybe he jumped out.... but I always have the tank covered! Wouldn't find him anyway on the floor..... I have a cat.
I was absolutely baffled! My husband looked but he didn't see him either. I sat in front of the tank and looked at every leaf of each plant stem. I finally saw something in his little log (open ended, easy to see into, and I already looked in there!).... Leroy was practically plastered to the side of it right down on the gravel. I moved his log and he barely moved. I actually thought he was sick and dying! Oh, no! Leroy! :(
So, I was very worried about him all day today and got home this evening from our trip and he was just fine! So, when my betta Leroy sleeps, he is literally "dead to the world". lol
Here's Leroy's tank at the moment (except pot of hairgrass is in the back right corner) still in the process of doing some landscaping:
Anybody else ever think their bettas were almost dead when in reality they were just being heavy sleepers?