I just joined this forum last night and my Betta was still a happy little guy. Sometime late last night he ate my ghost shrimp, but he was still happy to see me this morning. This is when I think I screwed up.
I didn't look for the shrimp until after I fed him. He ate 2 bloodworms and could barely get the 3rd one down. I noticed he looked "stuffed" which was usual as I have been careful not to over feed. He gets 4-5 bloodworms or 2 bloodworms and a couple brine shrimp per day - all frozen.
So, after the bloodworms he really looked full. And then I noticed my shrimp was gone. I finally found the empty shell behind a rock.
Now he is showing signs of distress. He fans his fins faster, has a clamped top fin, and sometimes floats tail down. He is staying near the top on his leaves, but I saw him tucked under a micro sword on his side at the bottom once. He is still swimming, but sometimes darts across the tank. He did flare once.
I am kicking myself for not noticing he had already had "breakfast". I tried to give him a great home in my 6 gallon planted tank, but it looks like I may have killed him. I'm so upset. Is there anything I can do for him? :(
Correction: He is swimming around more since last I checked him - about 15 minutes ago. His top fin isn't clamped either. He may have pooped in the time it took me to write this. I'm going to fast him for 2 days.