It’s taken over 2 weeks, but Violet betta seems to have turned the corner and is doing better. He’s been on a special diet and his constipation seems to have cleared up. Bettas have a very short digestive tract and when they get constipated, it effects their swim bladder, which is the organ that helps them maintain proper buoyancy. Constipation is a common problem in Bettas, so we’ll have to watch Violet carefully and try to prevent him from getting clogged up again. For those of you who aren’t familiar with fish, you’d think his poop factory would be at the end of his body just before his tail fin. But Betta’s fins are deceptive and his poop factory is in front of his flowy bottom fin, about 1/2 inch behind his eye!
For the past 2 weeks, Violet was not a happy (or healthy) fish. He was listing 90-degrees sideways and couldn’t swim to the bottom of his tank. Now he’s more active, he’s staying vertical, and can swim up and down in the tank.
Here are a couple video snippets of my fish being fish. They can be entertaining, especially when they fluff up their fins like Red does at the end of the first video. Violet is on the right, and first in the video. Violet is less active than the other fish, but hopefully he’ll get his strength and body condition back quickly and be a big bruiser like Red and Blue.