Marley is my older betta, a little past two years old and a few months.
I had been gone for a month during Christmas vacation. I knew that it would be a bad idea to leave Marley behind, so I packed him up and brought him with me. I had a 2 gallon bowl at home to keep him in.
He got a 20% water change every two days, and then a complete water change every Saturday. He was happy, and even felt like building me multiple bubble nests.
Now I get him home and he's gone listless on me. He's not a very active fish to begin with (hence the name Bob Marley), so I didn't notice it right away. However I decided to switch tanks with him and Devin Townsend since Devin is a very aggressive, young fish, and Marley prefers to be in more cozy places.
While I was cleaning the tanks, I noticed Marley wasn't swimming around. He would try to rise and then drop like a rock in his little tank-cleaning cup.
Now I'm wondering if somehow his swim bladder was injured on the way home, or during the short time he got severely constipated back at home. There was a weekend I was away from home, visiting the other family. I had left instructions for my darling Mother, but they must have not been clear enough because Marley got really over fed. A good fast and a shelled green pea later, he was good to go. Perhaps that did some damage?
His belly is swollen, but not as bad as it was that day I feld him a green pea. He has been fasting since last Wednesday, so I'm a tad confused. I can't seem to find my water test kit, so I think that may hve stayed at home. Either way, the tanks were cleaned out with vinegar and scalding water when I returned from break. His scales aren't sticking out either. However his color has seemed to dim.
I'll feel really bad if Marley goes like this on me. He was a rescue from a martini glass. It was apparantly trendy at the time.