Do you have an old betta and don't know how to go about caring for it?
Well, it's similar to normal care with all bettas, except you are dealing with an older fish that is slower and weaker.
I will show you the proper methods and practices to take in order to properly care for your old betta.
When anything ages, it usually changes color, slightly or not.
The same thing will happen to a betta, and it's normal for an aging fish.
You may notice the fins becoming less vibrant in color, slightly transparent or pink.
When you get older, you want to rest a lot more, and this happens with the betta too.
You should see your betta taking more naps throughout the day than he usually took before, and that's completely normal for this condition.
You need to provide him with things to sleep or rest on, like silk plants or leaf hammocks and floating objects.
I personally like using broadleaf plants, live or not, they work great for this purpose.
If he tends to show interest in a certain plant or decoration, try placing that where he can easily reach it, and the water surface.
You may also notice that your betta's fins have become more rugged than they were once before, that's a common thing.
They may either receive some extra ruffles and wrinkles and even small tears or holes.
Please make sure that you do not have any rough decorations in the tank because extra damage to fins in old age is asking for problems.
If the fins become torn, do extra water changes to aid in repairing them quickly. Bettas can also develop a hunchback in their age, it’s nothing to worry about, just another sign of being old.
They may also receive bad eyes at old age, which results in trouble maneuvering through the tank or eating food.
You will need to be extra cautious not to make any drastic changes to the environment, as it will promote confusion.
Feedings need to be taken seriously to ensure that the betta is actually getting the food it needs.
If they aren't taking to pellets or flakes anymore, try frozen worms or shrimp, they most likely will be able to accept those easily.
Bettas may also become lame swimmers when they reach an older age, and if that alters their behaviors in any way, the water may be too high and deep for your fish, which is the time to lower it for easy access to breathe and eat.
If a old betta gets an illness, it's going to be harder to treat, especially if it were something like the dropsy symptom, they will very rarely recover from that in old age.
You need to take extra precautions that the water is getting changed frequently and that the parameters don't build up with nitrates, as any extra will cause issues for the betta.
Should the fish become sick and cannot recover, please consider methods of euthanasia. Unfortunately, there isn't much that can be done other than putting the fish out of it's suffering.
I hope this guide helped you!
If you have any other questions, comments, or concerns, please let me know, I will be happy to answer them for you.
Treat your bettas with love, no matter how old or young they may be, they are all alike in that way.