Same here- I'm afraid to name them in fear they will die.
I think he will be fine. (Cross my fingers not to jinx anything lol). Sounds like he is healthy! If he is eating well then that is a good sign(:
(but I had a little girl betta who lasted with me 2 days...last week actually. the ammonia got her..she was perfectly healthy)
If anything, I think the betta has more color than he did when I brought him home. He sure is active, swimming in and out of the plants and stuff.
And, he seems so hungry!
I bought Hikari Betta Bio-Gold pellets for him. The package says 5-10 pellets 3 times a day. That is 15-30 per day. I have read on various betta sites to only feed 2-3 pellets per day... But wonder if the pellets are bigger than what I have. 2-3 and 15-30 per day is a HUGE difference! He gobbles up 4-5 pellets and still looks for more. The last few days I have been feeding 3 times a day, 3 pellets each time, but he still seems so hungry. He looks thin to me, compared to online photos. I am wondering if the pet store did not feed much so the cups would stay cleaner. I also bought frozen bloodworms, and he attacks them with a passion. I plan on getting some frozen brine shrimp. The store did not have any when I was there a few days ago.
I think he gets a fair amount of exercise in the tank. Certainly better than betas in bowls or jars.
So, after you get a new fish there is no specific time period to get through where you feel like the fish has adapted and is going to survive?
The way to know if a betta is healthy, first and formost, is to know how to do water changes, for your tank size, and maintain a regular water change schedule, and make sure you have a consistant water temp at 78-79d at all times, and plenty of hiding spots, be it silk, real plants, and hiding caves, as long as you have these 3 things in place, your fishy will thrive:) Heater, and thermometer to watch for accurate temp.
And for food the better the pellet the healthier your betta will be, feeding 2-3 pellets, 2-3x a day is fine, It is what I do, and have been doing with all 6 of my fishies, and I use the Hakari, and Omega One for nutrient value, if the first 3 ingredients on the food indicate (meat, fish, or something of that nature) rather than wheat, filler it is a good pellet.
The water test numbers have been consistent - 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, 5 nitrate. It is a 5 gallon, filtered, cycled tank. Every week, I take out 3 gallons for water change. I do have a heater, and keep the water at 80 degrees. There are a lot of live plants in it, as well as driftwood. The betta is the only fish in the tank. i have two or three tiny pond snails that rode in on the plants. No algae. I have some filter material over the output from the pump to cut the flow.
Do you recommend having a variety of good quality pellets, rather than just feeding one brand?
Here is a link to a video I took of the betta last night. Pass over the first 60 seconds - I was experimenting to see if the video camera would focus in on the plants. It didn't. A local fish club member gave me all the plants, and I needed to photograph them so I can have him ID the plants. Didn't work with the Flip camera! But, it did pretty good on the betta.
I think he is a veil tail, but the cup he came in said Crowntail. He's kind of a light reddish orange with lavender areas.
I didn't pick him on his looks or color - but because he was the most active. I was in the store 3 times that week, and he was the most active all 3 times. (I marked his tag so I would know I was seeing the same fish each time)
At the end of the video, he goes into what I think is a wisteria. He "hangs" out in the top of that plant all the time, like he is resting.