Fin, our Betta, has taken to lying on his side on the bottom of his bowl the last day or two. When I approach the bowl he will dart up to the surface, but then sinks back down. Today he spit out food when offered. I'm guessing its constipation and a bloated bladder, which I read will clear itself out given a few days. I'm worried that he isn't getting enough air though...anything I can do to help him out?
Thanks SO MUCH in advance for your help!
What size is your tank? About 1 gallon
What temperature is your tank? Unregulated (in a very warm room of the apartment)
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? No
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? Alone
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1 pellet twice a day, one day off a week.
How often do you perform a water change? Weekly changes
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Water conditioner
Have you tested your water? No
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Has not
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Hangs on on the bottom, mostly on his side, spit out food today.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? He's been lethargic for a few days, not to this extent.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Lowered the water level to make the surface closer. We'll stop feeding him for a few days.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Not since we got him.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Unknown.