So I have a new fish
Got home from work yesterday and my roommate shouted from the window that I now owned his girlfriend’s betta fish.
So he’s in my 10gal that was empty at the time. He’s been sitting on the bottom a lot but I think (hope) that’s just stressed from the move (he got driven from Eugene to Ashland in a tupperware).
Apparently a friend of my roommate’s girlfriend asked her to take care of him when he was on vacation a year ago, and then never came to pick him up. She’s been changing the water and feeding him, but isn’t really attached to him.
I’m a little concerned about his little stick-looking fins on the bottom. Those aren’t normal, right?
Anyway, I don’t know much at all about bettas, so if anyone has advice or can see if he’s sick or something, I’d appreciate it.
Tank’s a cycled 10gal, filtered with a sponge filter and an HOB filled with sponge and a carbon filter (Ashland (OR)’s water is bad enough that the carbon really helps, according to the fish store around here). I know that the tank’s pretty bare but I’m going to get some more silk plants when I get paid on Wednesday.
All of the decoration in there were fine for my ghost shrimp for two months. Is there anything that they would be able to stand that might be toxic to the betta? There’s no shrimp in the tank right now. They died right after I moved because of the shitty water quality where I’m living. I’m going to take it out as soon as I have plants to put in there, but I don’t want to leave him in a bare tank (I’ve sort of been playing with making an underwater tea-apocalypse for fun while the tank was uninhabited, and my roommate didn’t realize that I wasn’t 100% sure if they were fish safe) I wasn’t planning on getting another fish before figuring out if the carbon will take care of the bad water either, but this was a bit unplanned. I’m using Prime as my conditioner and testing the water with a liquid test kit.
I’m feeding Omega One and gave him some frozen bloodworms because I had some and he ate pretty happily.
The bottom sitting and the fins really worry me. Can stress cause him to sit like that? He’s breathing pretty heavily when he does that too, but he only does it for maybe five minutes at a time tops, but when he does he’s all the way on the ground and not moving his fins.
Any advice at all from anyone? @kai-ni, you’ve helped me out in the past so I’m tagging you. Aaagh I feel so unprepared! I really want to take good care of this guy. Any help from anyone is majorly appreciated.
(Roommate keeps talking about getting other fish to put in there. He apparently fell in love with silver mollys. I had to explain to him why that’s a bad idea. He’s a great guy, just a bit uninformed and misinformed since apparently he was told at petsmart that they’re compatible)
I’m still worried about this dude. He spends most of his time on the ground. He comes up for air, but sometimes he sits on the bottom and pants.
He was excited for breakfast this morning, but hasn’t done much since then. Sometimes he leans up against stuff. Anyone? Please?