Betta Fish floating at top of the tank and not eating. - My Aquarium Club
make a raft. (get a bit of polystyrene or bubblewrap, tie a piece of thick coloured fishing line to a stone so that the raft floats about a couple of inches from the surface and then punch it full of holes. get any sort of aquatic plant and trim them back so they will fan nicely out and and away from the ‘raft’ but remain below the surface, then stick the ends of the plants into the holes you have just made. this does two things it provides a planted area close to and below the surface for resting and a shaded area below for the betta to ‘get away from it all.’ ps. they don’t jump out of the tank if you place the raft away from the edges of the tank.
If you stop to watch your betta for a few minutes you will see him surface, sticking his mouth above water, to suck in air. Though they have gills, they still rely on their labyrinth organ (similar to lungs) to gain oxygen from the atmosphere. This allows them to survive in poorly oxygenated waters where other fish species would suffocate and parish. Betta fish spend much of their resting time floating near the surface. They will even sleep there if they have a surface to rest on or against. In their natural habitat bettas will hoist themselves onto submerged leaves and other debris where they can relax comfortably and still get the air they need. If there is not a surface to perch on in their aquarium they will find other ways to rest their wary fins. You may find your betta wedged between the filter and tank glass or simply squished into a corner.
There are several ways you can provide a platform for your betta to rest near the water’s surface.
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This is a simply round floating log with a hole in the middle of it and you can rest assured that it will provide your betta fish with a whole lot of fun for hours on end. This toy does need a minimum of a 2 gallon tank, or else it will take up too much room. What is also pretty neat about this Floating Betta Log is that it has a whole in the top of it for easy feeding in the case that your fish is inside of it during feeding time.If you have a betta fish you probably know that one betta fish does not like other betta fish, and that is always the case. These fish are extremely territorial and will try to kill other members of the same species, hence why they are sometimes referred to as Siamese fighting fish. This Floating Betta Exercise Mirror is a great toy for any betta fish because they will see their own reflection and go ballistic. Swim bladder disease is a common problem in bettas caused most often by overfeeding and constipation. The swim bladder is a gas-filled sac inside your fish. It helps the fish rise and lower in the water much like a buoyancy control device a diver might use. That is why bettas with this disease will either float involuntarily along the surface or they will sink to the bottom of the bowl. Some other symptoms are a lopsided body position while swimming, lethargic behavior and swelling of the stomach. Swim bladder disease is not contagious and is easy to treat.On some occasions Bettas won’t fully heal from their swim bladder disorder and may continue to experience problems righting itself. As long as your fish is able to draw air from the surface and can still eat there is no reason that it can’t continue to live out a full life. Euthanization is rarely needed. You can make your Betta more comfortable by keeping him in a tank away from fin-nipping fish or fast swimming fish that may agitate him. Adding some floating plants or other decor may help him rest near the surface when he wishes.