Hi all, I'm babysitting a male crowntail betta for a friend. I've had him since Saturday evening and she returns to pick him up late Thursday.
Saturday/Sunday "Leroy" was acting normal. Swimming all over, just kind of hanging out. But Monday morning he was laying on the bottom of his tank, barely moving. Since then he has been extremely lethargic, either laying at the bottom of the tank on the marbles or just sitting on top of the tank in a corner at a 45 degree angle, like this "\".
My worries really began this afternoon when he refused to eat a pellet I put in, and repeated attempts to feed him have been unsuccessful. His color seems okay, and he isn't floating on his side or seeming to have trouble swimming when he decides to move, but his extreme laziness and lack of appetite has me concerned.
1 gallon tank
Weekly 100% water changes
Aqueon Betta Pellets, about 4 throughout the day.
Not heated, but the temperature has been steady at about 76 degrees.
Has two silk plants and a small bridge with him.
Checked his water with a dip stick test thingy and all the colors we're in the normal range.
To try to perk him up, I took out about two cups of his water and put in some conditioned, sitting, tap water about 20 minutes ago. Since then he has moved from the bottom of the tank to the top, but is still listless and refuses to eat.
Help! Please! Is it possible he just misses his owner/normal location? Or is this a serious problem?
I just don't want him dead when my friend comes home from vacation.