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Burrowing betta

Heimao

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Hello,
My betta, Mickey is sick, I think. He’s extremely lethargic-has been for about a week-and he burrows under his ornaments and stays there even when I feed him. I feed him twice a day, just a little, and vary his diet with bloodworms and other treats in a dial-a-treat for bettas. His face looks a little pale to me. His fins seem fine. I have his temp at 78, do 20-50% water changes every week, his ph is 7, and his nitrites and nitrates are fine. I can’t get him to come out for a picture, but I’ll keep trying. Please help! I lost Max after a year, same symptoms, although he didn’t burrow. What am I doing wrong??
Thank you!!
 

Heimao

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Ps. He’s in a five gallon tank with an air stone. I changed his air stone to a small one because I think he didn’t like the current. I have dip strips, and the colors match acceptable levels. I’m getting a master test kit.
Thank you!
 
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OrionGirl

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There doesn't seem to be anything wrong, though, other than a change in behavior? No swelling, no discoloration?
 

Heimao

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His face is paler than usual. Mostly I’m concerned because he’s not eating. He doesn’t have white spots, and his fins look ok, from what I can see.
 

OrionGirl

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Try scaling back feeding to once a day, and don't fret if you skip a day. Very few predators eat multiple times a day, and bettas will be fine with daily feedings. The do change color as they age, so unless there are signs of fuzziness or scale deformation, that's not worrisome either.
 

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