So Betta Fish people of Tumblr.
My 2 year old Fishy seems to be in trouble. I’m concerned because his colour is perfect, and he’s eating well. His water temperature is between 75-80, His eyes are clear, theres no specks, fin rot, or bloating. I do twice weekly water changes because he’s currently in 2.5 gallon followed by a full water change in order to clean out his tank due to a lack of a filter that fits that size of the tank. I use a water conditioner because city water is full of nasties and I always wait before putting him in to ensure he won’t be harmed as well as proper procedure like floating him so its not a shock when he’s put back in.
I ordered him a 5 gallon, so his current tank is temporary because his old one broke.
The issue is that he can’t seem to right himself in the water and swims like he’s really struggling. He was fine two weeks ago but I’m not sure what it could be, and as a result spends a LOT of time at the top of his tank in the tree-like decoration.
If anyone has an idea of what it could be could you tell me? I’m worried.
Hey, there. :)
It sounds like it could be a swim bladder problem. Is he very bloated? If so, you can try fasting him for a day or two first to help clear his gut.
Alone or combined with the fasting, you can also try a treatment of Epsom salt (with absolutely NO additives — I used the Equate brand from Walmart). You can do a teaspoon/gallon with 100% changes daily for 7-10 days or baths with a tablespoon/gallon for 10-15 minutes one to three times a day. Just remember to dissolve the salt completely in a bit of tank water or clean, conditioned water before adding it to your fish’s main or quarantine tank.
If none of that works, let the community know since it could be a sign of infection.
Hope this helps, good luck!