does he swim around ever and then just lay on the bottom after his patrol is over? or is he generally listless? what kind of decorations or plants do you have for him?
if he can swim ok(maintaining balance in the water when he swims) and is eating fine, he might just be lazy and likes to lay that way. one of my boys lays sideways as if hes actually napping on his plants. it is his personal quirk.
depending on what else is in his tank, he just may not have any options of where to "relax" and lays on the bottom. if he is having trouble maintaining balance when he swims, feed him a cooked deshelled chopped up pea and starve him for a day and see if it helps.
best of luck
sorry, forgot to mention I posted this in the betta section before too. YOu replied to my msg there too, thanks again.
He won't eat the pea. I don't want to starve him unless absolutely necessary as I don't think he's eating much anyway as he doesn't seem to find the food easily now.
He never swims around, only comes up briefly as if he's coming up for air and then when he comes up for food - which he now barely seems to eat.
He has a nice piece of slate, some pebbles and plants in his tank, he did have a coconut shell to hide in but was just leaning against it, so I took it out tokeep a better eye on him.
He doesn't struggle to maintain balance in the water but seems to struggle to swim at all, getting to the surface seems hard work for him.
YOu also suggested epsom salts bath in the other thread, but I gather that can be very stressful for the fish and don't fancy it unless necessary.
I spoke to the guy in the local fish shop, who said he's probably just old, as I've had him since last November and he wasn't small then, not sure how old he was when I got him.
I just don't want him to be suffering, at what point should I be thinking of putting him out of his misery perhaps? Any other medicine I can give him?
it sounds like the fish still has a bacterial infection.
Fish can tilt to oneside when they swim because there lost the use of an eye.
Does he look bloated.
No he doesn't look bloated at all, just very drab and tired and listless. His breathing/gill movement is very slow.
Is there anything I can give him?