Fish Blind?

Daughter's Betta Fish, photo credit (c) likeitiz

Daughter’s Betta Fish, photo credit (c) likeitiz

Ever since our daughter acquired her pet fish, Wolf, about two years ago, we would periodically be asked to fish sit when she had to go away on trips.  On a recent trip with her friends to Washington, she brought Wolf to the house.  I noticed a few things after a few days.  Wolf was not moving much. His fins were dull and I thought there might be a few black spots on his bright orange torso here and there. He did not seem to interested in the food pellets I dropped on the water.

Wolf's Food, Betta Fix, Water Treatment, (c) Likeitiz

Wolf’s Food, Betta Fix, Water Treatment, (c) Likeitiz

I went online to find answers.  Then, I drove over to the closest Pet Express to concur with the staff.  After much discussion, I came home with some Betta Fix in my attempts to diagnose and maybe help alleviate him with what I interpret as some degree of discomfort.

I’m not going to claim to be a fish expert, let alone a betta fish expert. But, something was just not right with this fish, based on my past experience with him.

The Betta Fix is supposed to help with any sort of fungal or bacterial infestation he may have acquired.  I thought, well, what the heck! It’s worth a try.

I followed the instructions and dropped the requisite amount of drops into his water everyday.

Wolf on the Kitchen Counter; Notice the mirrors taped to the sides of his bowl. It's to simulate a companion when swims by. Betta Fish can be known to get aggressive towards fellow fish, especially in a small tank. (c) Likeitiz

Wolf on the Kitchen Counter; Notice the mirrors taped to the sides of his bowl. It’s to simulate a companion when he swims by. Betta Fish can be known to get aggressive towards fellow fish, especially in a small tank. (c) Likeitiz

A few days later, I was rewarded with more activity and more enthusiasm for food!  I was relieved.  He also started generating bubbles that rise to the rim of the water.  My daughter says it’s a sign he’s happy or something like that.

Wolf in his bowl, (c) likeitiz

Wolf in his bowl. Notice the bubbles on the rim. There’s more on the other side.  He’s happier!, (c) likeitiz

But I noticed that no matter how carefully I drop these tiny food pellets as close to him as possible, it seems that he would not see them right away.  He would swim beside it, under it, and only when it brushes up against him does he open his mouth to snap it up!

Has Wolf gone blind now?

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5 Responses to Fish Blind?

  1. Pingback: Wolf Going, Gone! | Likeitiz

  2. vastlycurious.com says:

    I hope he is not blind. Is that a side affect of the Betta Fix?

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  3. munchow says:

    I am no expert on fish either, but even though it seems like Wolf is not seeing the food pellets, at least you got him more active. He is probably having a better life.

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  4. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I used to keep fish years ago and siamese fighting fish were my favourites for their fabulous colours.

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