It's been 8 years since I've owned a betta. I was strolling in the store 2 days ago looking for dog food and as I passed the bettas I couldn't help but stop and was immediately mesmerized by this one beauty. I had to have him. After taking him home I jumped online and was reading information on bettas (I'm a little rusty when it comes to fishies) and learned a great deal about whats recommended on tank size. I was glad I had already bought a 10gal. It came with the filter and heater. We have no air stones. I did purchase a few guppies, a hiding place, betta leaf, thermometer, and betta food. He's very active and is flaring at mainly his reflection on the glass. He seems very normal.
I've had aquariums before (8 years ago including 85 gallon) but like I mentioned, I'm practically new at it. Trying to figure out whats right and wrong. Please have patience with me while I ask this question...
Why isn't he eating? He seems to be more occupied in swimming around in his little paradise (compared to that cup). Should I give him time since this is a new tank setup? I've been reading about doing water changes. Is this necessary? I don't recall having to do that in the past. If I do how much water should I take out per week or is it per month? I love my little tank but I'm so confused right now.
Any help will be greatly appreciated. And I'm sorry if this question has been answered before. I feel if there is something seriously wrong with my betta beauty, then it needs to be rectified immediately.