What size is your tank? 1 gallon (I don't want to here that this is in-adequate care, I've owned multiple Betta for years in 1g tanks that lived a happy, healthy, long life.
What temperature is your tank? 79*
Does your tank have a filter? Don't have one hooked up, but I have one I can use.
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No.
Is your tank heated? Yes.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? TetraBetta Pellets (I will be switching to either NLS or Omega One soon)
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice daily, two pellets per feeding. Fast them one day per week.
How often do you perform a water change? Two-three times weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%-100% changes (generally 100% changes)
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? BettaSafe.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Yes, everything is in the proper parameters.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Hasn't.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He's new, but he hasn't been swimming too much but if I walk by his tank he'll zip around quickly.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Since I bought him.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Haven't.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Bought him a couple days ago...
How old is your fish (approximately)? Unknown. I assume relatively young.
So I bought Pascal on February 28th, 2013 and he hasn't eaten since I brought him home. I've been allowing him to adjust to his tank, but he's quite fearful of people still and doesn't seem to swim much, but he isn't lying at the bottom of the tank as if he's ill. He does move as I see him in the front of the tank, then he'll be at the back a while later, but he just isn't AS active as my other boy, Ozwald.
When I do go to the tank, he gets shy and hides toward the back before swimming to the side I'm at.
Now, I didn't put his gravel and plants in because I wanted to be sure he was eating and wasn't ill...however he has a hide-out that he does swim in as I didn't want him to be overwhelmed. Do you think him not eating is merely stress? Would you recommend putting in the gravel and plants so he can hide throughout the tank so perhaps that'll decrease his stress?
If you want to see what he looks like, you can find him here:
His physical appearance hasn't changed at all.