Betta fish are naturally very lively fish, but just like us, they need a period of rest to allow themselves to recharge. Some fish hover in the water while they sleep, so an unmoving betta may simply be resting or sleeping.
Is it normal for a betta fish to stay in one spot?
It’s possible it’s the quietest spot in the tank. If there is too strong a water current it can be tough for them to swim against it, and they’ll stick to spots where the current is less or nonexistent.
Why is my betta just sitting there?
Water is too cold.
They are tropical and thrive in waters with a temperature of 75 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit (24 to 28 in Celcius). If the water is too cold, your betta’s metabolism will gradually slow down. This will cause the fish to become lethargic and spend a lot of time at the bottom of your aquarium.
How do I make my betta fish active?
You can do the same thing with a tunnel on the bottom of the aquarium. Or float a ping pong ball or other small plastic ball at the surface and see if your betta will push it around! There are lots of other fun activities you can engage in with your betta by using your imagination or doing a little online research.