Betta fish not moving much.
My male Betta hasn't been moving that much at all. He stays at the bottom of his bowl and only comes up to get air and to eat. Sometimes he'll start swimming like crazy and spazzing around the bottom and then when he stops he'll be leaning to one side. He's blue and red but has lost a lot of his color. The red on him looks more of a brown, and his fins are see-through.
I've had him for about five months, and I know it's not old age or anything because when I first bought him he had a huge growth spurt. I clean his bowl every week and put fresh water in. I feed him every other day, switching between four color-enhancing pellets and three dried bloodworms.
He's been acting this way for the past week and a half.
Try this site out. It gives you pictures of diseases, symptoms and cures. Try shining a light on him and see if he has any weird spots that are either white or goldish.
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How big is his tank? water temp? additives used?
Can you post a pic?
Also, look at that link kasiak provided and see if anything fits.....
I would start by doing 50% daily water changes
The bowl is 1 gal. And he's been less active today. Quite a lot today when he was at the bottom his tail was touching the rocks, and his face would come up. At one point he almost looked like he was facing directly upward like a tall candle! When I go over by his bowl he tries to swim up to look at me, and when he tries to swim he literally slithers back and forth like a snake, and then when he stops swimming he sinks back down like a rock. I almost cried today because he was trying to come up but couldn't >_< I know the temperature is not the problem because my female Betta is fine. Also, my male hasn't made a nest for about a month and a half.
Thanks kasiak for the website!
Do you think he might have swim bladder problems? You can try feeding him boiled, de-shelled peas. It's a laxative in fish.
Good luck with your baby!
Is the female doing the same thing as the male? if not, then I would not compare the two in terms of behavior related to water temp, a fish in a weakened state will not be as tolerant to cooler water temp than others.
The symptoms are sounding more like a swim bladder issue, poor water quality, over feeding, excessive feeding of bloodworms are the most common causes.
I would start by doing 50% daily water changes, add Epsom salt 1tsp/gal for 10 days, lower the water level, turn off the lights, raise the water temp to 80F, hold food for 2 days then feed shelled blanched pea pieces for 2 days then feed a good betta pellet staple very small amount 2 times a day thereafter.
Like oldfishlady said, lower the level so he can come up for air more easily. It does sound like a swimbladder issue.
Good idea, I never thought about lowering the water for him. Thank you. He'll sometimes stick straight up like a tall candle, having the tip of his tail touching the rocks, and his head upward. He literally would look like he's standing.
My betta is having the same issue but he is also not eatting. He has barely eatten in 1.5 weeks. He was fine until I started using bottled water instead of tap water - poor guy - just got back from holidays today so Im going to pick him up and give a good bowl cleaning and water change. Hopefully your fish gets better soon! Ill keep my fingers crossed for you!
Here's a picture I drew on Paint of what he, literally, looks like right now in his bowl:
I called Petco and asked a few other people and they said he most-likely has Swim Bladder Disease. They said there was no cure, I just have to keep his bowl clean. PetSmart told me there's some pellets I could get for bacterial infections, but I'm debating about those. What causes Swim Bladder?
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