Monday, November 29, 2010
How to cheer up a depressed betta (fighting fish)
I appreciate everyone caring about my depressed fish. My husband, the wise one in this house ;0) did a search on the internet and found that depression is pretty common in Bettas /Fighting Fish. He read that changing their environment can help - they get bored, lol. He also read to try giving them bloodworms or brine shrimp to encourage them to eat.
So, this has been Ember's home for as long as I've had him, the mirror is not normally there, I put it there seeing if he would attempt to fight with himself - this was also a tip Dennis read while researching so I was on the right track. But, I made a mistake - the plant is a plastic plant and apparently this is not good. Bettas like their plants but the plastic hurts their fins.
If you look back up at the top photo you will see that we replaced his plastic plant with some live plants. I don't know how long they will actually live with so little light but I'm hopeful. We also found bloodworm and low and behold he ate! Each morning since the change he has been eating at least one pellet and one bloodworm. And, last night he was flitting about in his tank - he seems happier.