Question for you guys: is it possible for a betta to go throught post partum depression? My boy was spawned almost a month ago and he seen to be depressed. Prior to the spawn prep, he was in a bowl ( bout 1 gal) cuz his home was cycling. After the mating he was put in the tank. He was doing ok for a while but now just stays on the bottom. The only thing that has changed in that tank is the heater. We upgraded for a submersible and ajustable heater so the tank is a little warmer.
What size is your tank? 10 gal
What temperature is your tank? 79F
Does your tank have a filter? air pump corner filter
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated? Yep
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? A few small snails
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Flightless fruit flies, frozen brine shimp and bloodworms, the occasionnal betta pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? once a day
How often do you perform a water change? every 7 to 10 days
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? between 25 to 50 % depending on time since last change
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? None, water is stored in 18l bottles 24h prior to change
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Only change is a white spot on lip
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He stopped hanging ut in the floating plants and stays either under the log or the filter. He still eats but is a lot less active.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? He's been going downhill for bout 14 days...
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Incresed water changes at first. Put him in a smaller bow to see if he was just stressed by the larger habitat.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? about 2 years old
He looks more confortable in the bowl than he did in the actual tank... He's swimming around now, huffing and puffing at us.
Should we consider perharps separating the tank in two smaller compartments? Smaller less intimidating space?
They can be such tempermental little beasts... but i wouldn't trade him for the world!