First thing when I went into the Kitchen yesterday (where my Betta's are located
) my Red/Blue male who was 5 and a half inches long (including his tail
) he sleeps in his little house, and comes out of it as soon as I come into the kitchen. He didn't. His head was watching me from inside his house. He "bolted" out of the house (he usually slowly swam
) and then arched his back invertedly quite severely. He swam erraticly and swiftly helter skelter around the tank for a few minutes, seemingly not able to discern which side had the air.
I got the net out and put him in what I call our "hospital bowl" as it is only about 2" deep and is 14" in diameter and is circular. I can keep him in the net while it is suspended in the bowl of water; he stayed in water fully immersed, but when he needed air, all he had to do, was raise his head out of the water.
I left in the net in the hospital bowl all morning, and then let him loose in the hospital bowl at noon. He did the erratic swimming again. So back into the net for the afternoon. I tried again at night, and same thing.
He died about 9 pm.
He had always been very, very voracious about his food. When I first brought him home, I assumed he was quite old, as he was at least an inch in body and his fins were at least 2" in length. I have had him for about a year and a half. The Pet store where I got him told me that he should eat about 4 "betta pellets" a day. He has never eaten 4 per day, more like 6 at least 2X daily. But the day before he died, he picked at his food. He ate then spit them out. Then he would try again. I think he kept down 3 of them.
I checked his body and fins thoroughly, no fungus, no paracites, does not appear to have had any disease, but his entire coloration had greatly paled and diluted just overnight. He had always been very vibrant in coloration.
Is this a normal way to go? ? ? ? ? ?
He was the sweetest fish. :) I called him my little whale, he was so huge compared to the size of the others. They all have 3 gal. bowls. And he was so totally "respectful" and I thought that he always thought of me as "his person" though the house is full of pets. He LOVED his snail buddies, and would hover over and around them all; but yet always come to greet me when I came into the kitchen; and never showed his "elephant ears" at me, like the youngsters do when I am feeding them
I will miss him very, very much. I have three others, but they are not quite the "southern gentleman" that he was. The others, all were bought when they barely had fins showing, so I assume they were all quite young, whereas he must have been about 2 years when I got him. :(
The others are (in order by age
) white with opal blue/pink fins), khaki greenish beige with ice blue veining on the fins, black w/dark green veining on fins (he is a crown
Betta's are such cool fish. I just love all of mine. Right now I don't want to replace my Rainbow Whale~!~!~!