My betta lives in a 10 gallon tank with a filter and water heater. The temperature is about 75, but I've bumped it up to around 80 because I'm hoping his inactivity is just him being cold. 75 to cold for betta.. the 80* should make him happier.
A few months ago, I moved his tank because he was getting a lot of direct light and I was getting a really creepy algae boom.
It would stay green on his rocks and wouldn't look too bad, unless you moved the rocks around, and then all of the sudden a huge wave for green would come out from under them and dominate the tank. I tried a black out and it cleared it up, so I moved the tank to a darker area. When it cleared up the alage died.. and ended up in the gravel. How many water changes do you do? What are water parameters? A fish shop saying fine is not the same as know if you do or do not have issues with ammonia. if there have been no or little water changes that stuff is rotting in the gravel.
I used to have a very small fish living with my betta, they got along very well. Suddenly that fish has vanished and my betta lays there at the bottom of the bowl. ** If you did not find the other fish on the floor he died.. and has decomposed in the tank. Serious ammonia spiking there.
He used to swim back and forth and go crazy for food. Now I never see him eat when I put food in there and he just lays at the bottom. Occasionally he will get up and move over an inch and continue laying at the bottom of his tank. He no longer flairs his fins up and does not look very happy.
I got my water checked and they said it was fine.
I don't know what to do or what I did wrong??
Should I move him back to the light and just let the algae go crazy? He seemed to have no problem with it, I just didn't like it and that's why I tried to kill it off. ** killing it off is not an issue unless you left the dead stuff in the tank. It is vitally important to know your water parameters. I don't trust the LFS to know much about what is actually healthy unless you are in a mom and pop type shop where they know what they are doing.