What does it mean when your betta is at the bottom of the tank?

If you notice your betta is just at the bottom of his tank floating upside down, then it’s most likely that he’s suffering from swim bladder disease. All you have to do is treat him for swim bladder disease and he should make a recovery.

What happens to a betta fish when it gets old?

Your betta will flare with much less gusto than it used to when it get old. After so many years, many bettas lose the enthusiasm to flare. Also, while a healthy adult betta will swim around vigorously in its tank, old bettas will hide behind plants and décor and swim sluggishly.

How can I tell if my betta fish is healthy?

Also, while a healthy adult betta will swim around vigorously in its tank, old bettas will hide behind plants and décor and swim sluggishly. When feeding your betta, watch it to see how quickly it spots its food. Old bettas may swim slowly to their food and miss it a couple of times before spotting it.

Why are my betta fish struggling to breathe?

If you don’t have an effective filter in place, ammonia levels will constantly climb. This weakens your Betta fish. Basically, they’re struggling to breathe! Small tanks or environments that are overcrowded tend to suffer from ammonia problems as well.

How old do you have to be to keep a betta fish?

When you purchase a betta fish in a pet store, its age can be anywhere between 3 months to 12 months. Take note of the date when you purchase your betta fish. This will help you keep track of how old it is generally. You should never have two bettas in one tank, unless you are experienced at fish-keeping.

What kind of disease does a betta fish have?

Fin Rot and Tail Rot. Fin rot or tail rot (melt) is probably the most common betta fish disease. It’s often confused with tail biting, resulting from boredom, and tears on sharp tank decor. Upon inspection, the tail (caudal) or other fins will show visible signs of the disease.

How can you tell if your betta fish is lethargic?

A change in your betta’s eating habits is the first sign that your fish may be lethargic. While an active betta will gobble all the food straight away, a lifeless fish will barely eat. You should be worried if your betta starts picking at its food and ignoring meals. Additionally, you will notice more uneaten food waste at the bottom of the tank.

When to worry about a lazy betta fish?

A healthy betta is an active one. Hence, you should be worried if you see a decrease in your betta’s activity levels. A “lazy” betta will start to idle around the tank more and stop swimming as before. You might also notice that your fish is just floating in the same place for a prolonged period of time.

What happens to a betta fish’s fins in old age?

Like hair losing its lushness in old age, old betta fins may become frayed or twisted over time. If it’s not illness or old age, it may be the pH, as harder water tends to make the ends on fins curl.