Other supportive treatments (regardless of the cause) can include the following:

  1. Keep the water especially clean and temperatures between 78 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Add a small amount of aquarium salt to the tank.
  3. Reduce the water level to make it easier for the fish to move around within the tank.

What do you do when your betta fish won’t swim?

It can be dead, but most of the time, the lack of movement is nothing more than normal betta fish behavior. It’s best to double-check, though, so look for any signs of illness or stress and test the aquarium water to make sure it’s within the proper chemical range and temperature.

Why is my betta hiding and not swimming?

Hiding is perfectly normal behavior for a betta fish. There are lots of reasons why a betta hides. He could be wary and nervous of a new home, simply curious and exploring his territory, he may just enjoy hiding!

Why is my betta fish not moving but still breathing?

If they’re on the bottom and they’re breathing heavily then it’s most likely ammonia poisoning. If they’re on the bottom and they’re not moving then it could be temperature shock, swim bladder disease, they’ve passed away, or they’re sleeping.

Why is my betta fish sitting at the bottom of the tank?

It’s lazy.

Sometimes, it’s not a lack of sleep but rather a lack of motivation. If the front pelvic fins are moving and supporting a Betta that’s sitting on the bottom of its tank, then the fish is most likely being lazy. Being lazy is a common trait of ornamental Betta fish.

How do I know if my betta is dying?

Other signs that offer a clue to knowing when a betta fish is about to die include discoloration along the fish’s body, such as white or brown spots. Strange swimming movements or a shortening / eating away of the fins can also point to severe illnesses.

Is it normal for betta fish to stay still?

This is normal betta behavior, and as long as he appears otherwise healthy it is no concern. He’s just lazing around, or your betta could be sleeping. This is sometimes interpreted as a sign that a fish is about to die but fear not. Bettas often sit on the bottom or on the leaves of real or artificial plants.

Is my betta fish unhappy?

If your betta is flaring their fins at the other fish, chasing them, and even nipping at them, this is a sign they’re unhappy, and you may need to remove the other fish from the tank.

Why is my betta fish hiding all day?

If it’s not the water current and there are enough hiding places then it could be that the light in your tank is too bright. A betta’s natural habitat is normally densely planted with a lot of shade. If the light in your tank is too bright and your betta senses it then he may constantly try to hide.