Something's wrong with my buddy.

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by Bettaman2, Jul 15, 2014.

  1. Bettaman2Valued MemberMember

    Hello Fishlore, I have had my Betta for three years now, and he has been an awesome little pal for all that time. But now I'm getting worried about my little buddy, he used to float around halfway up in the tank, but now he finds a way to curl around the heater or lays against the plants, extend his fins, and just lays there. When he isn't doing this he acts normal enough, he eats normally, and his swimming isn't full of "mini-seizures" like I've seen in some Bettas before. I am worried that this behavior could lead to something worse, has anyone ever seen behavior like this in a Betta? And might it lead to something worse? He's a crowntail, but I don't really know if that information makes a difference. Thanks for any reply.
  2. betta fan 99

    betta fan 99Well Known MemberMember

    How big is your tank and what's its temp? What time of day does he do this at?
  3. OP

    Bettaman2Valued MemberMember

    My tank is a 20g, with temperature at 82 degrees Fahrenheit, he mostly does it Mornings and nights, but those are the only time I really look at the tank since I am out the rest of the day.

  4. Coradee

    CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    It could be that he's just getting old, if you've had him 3 years & he was probably around 6 months when you got him, I believe around 4 years is their average lifespan.
    Just make sure sure his water is clean & he's eating well & keep an eye on him.
  5. OP

    Bettaman2Valued MemberMember

    The water gets filtered twice, once through an Aqueon filter, and once through a penguin water wheel filter, he eats enough, he out-eats the Angelfish, and other than thiw weird behavior he's normal enough.
  6. petaddiction

    petaddictionWell Known MemberMember

    It could be age. is it a 20 g tall or 20 g long?
  7. OP

    Bettaman2Valued MemberMember

    20g tall.
  8. petaddiction

    petaddictionWell Known MemberMember

    hmm. do you have any tall plants or a betta hammock or log in the tank? The distance to the top could be quite tiring even for a young betta, more so for an older one.
  9. Clement Chee

    Clement CheeNew MemberMember

    A three-year old betta is old. None of my betta survived that long.

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