Hello Betta Fish Forums!
My Betta Fish Jefferson is either extremely depressed or relaxed, or has something wrong with him.
He has been sitting under his old bubble nest all day, i cant tell if he's rebuilding it or just floating there. He moves if i tap on the glass or the water, but this is very out of character (though i have never actually witnessed him build a bubble nest before, and this may be the normal process).
Your Help is very much appreciated, Thanks a lot for taking the time to read this.
2.5 Gallon Tank
About 78 Degree Water
No Air Stone (would a betta benefit from an airstone?)
Tank is Heated
Tank has one Male Betta and One Apple Snail (Snail was in tank before Betta was introduced, and the two have not had problems)
Alternates between Hikari Betta Bio-Gold pellets (Main Ingredient Wheat Flour, Protein: 38%) and Omega One Betta Buffet Flakes (Main Ingredient is a Seafood Mix, Protein: 43%).
Just introduced the flakes into the routine however, and he is still very hesitant to eat them.
Fed once a day at night.
Water Changes about once a month.
Change roughly 85% of water.
(I suspect that the problem is stemming from something in this category, as his water change two days ago is the only major change in his routine that has occurred)
Add Top Fin Betta Water Conditioner to water before adding to tank.
I donít have any water testing tools. Sorry I canít give more info, as this would probably be very helpful.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
His eyes seem different, maybe puffier. Could be a little hypochondriasis on my part though.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
This is why Iím most concerned. He has been floating under his old bubble nest all day and only moves when I prompt him.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Just today, this morning.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
I added in a little more of the water conditioner that is supposed to remove water impurities and ďProtect against harmful ammonia.Ē
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
Jefferson has been a very happy healthy fish up to this point.
How old is your fish (approximately)?
I have had him for about six months, ever since he was about the size of my last pinky knuckle (about 7/8 of an inch, including fins).
This is what he has been doing all day: