LIke sleep walking...do fish swim while they sleep/rest/zone out?
Just curious. I came into the room and my betta seemed to be awake, swimming around, but it seemed like he was blind or disoriented. He was swimming really slow; he kept bumping into things and was not responsive to normal visual stimuli, or even a mirror. Then he seemed to come out of it suddenly and he became his usual responsive self.
I usually associate rest/sleep with the times he is completely motionless for a bit and then 'wakes up' and starts swimming around.
At first I thought it might be associated with the illness he is being treated for at the moment (fungus/finrot). I panicked, thinking he had gone blind or something...but his eyes looked totally normal and then he sorta snapped out of it!
So I figured, here is yet another thing I have to learn about fish. I better ask my new aquarium friends!
PS. My husband thinks I worry too much about my fish. Is this a normal phase for new hobbyist?