Aging Betta "retirement tank"? Aging betta advice?

Brit1996

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Have you guys done a retirement tank?
I saw a YouTube channel called CreativePetKeeping where she mentioned a "retirement tank". I have a betta that's 3 years old from Petco (wow I know) he's starting to get bad eyesight, lazier, and thinner. Tough fella though and loves his food (when I feed him it directly of course). I was wondering if anyone else has done a retirement tank AND any advice for an aging betta?

All i've done so far is give him more plants and lowered the water. Exchanged a super bright light with a lower light one. He seems to get stressed from too bright of lighting.

Temp: 79 degrees
Size: 5.5 gallon, watered lowered a quarter
Ammonia, nitrite, nitrate: 0ppm
Tank is heavily planted and cycled with hiding spots
Food: Frozen brine shrimp and blood worms, daphnia
 

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I think it might be best to keep him in his current tank just to avoid the stress of change. That being said if you want to give him a more shallow home you should be able to find plastic bins made for under bed storage. Here are some examples [x] [x] [x]. They aren't always the prettiest but they're a lot cheaper than most other options. My own betta spent his first few months in a 7 gallon storage tote without issue- I only switched it out for a glass tank because some medication I used on him stained it blue and made it harder to see him. Just make sure whatever filter you have will be able to fit in it!
 

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Even though 3years is still young for a betta, if you think its his time then I would add some Indian Almond Leaves (if not already) for extra hiding spots & the release of fresh tannin for bettas slime coats. You can also add in Roobis tea, also leeches tannin for bettas. I would keep the water lowered like you have it, add in a few suction cup betta hammocks (if not already) and maybe some yummy frozen foods like bloodworms or daphnia
 

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I find that Bettas really appreciate the soft, near-surface hammock offered by a well-positioned, comfy live plant. Anubias, or java moss, or xmas tree moss, affixed to a convenient ornament or piece of driftwood, have served well in long-term recoup tanks I've had in the past.
 

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