Sorry for yet another post! I hope I'm not getting annoying. I have a few updates and questions.
As some of you know, my Betta boy Louie was brought home from Petsmart yesterday. Last night I ran to walmart at 12 a.m due to freezing water, and I'm happy to say the water is pretty nice now and Louie seems a lot more happy. He is moving around (a little) bit more.
This morning he wouldn't eat but a few hours ago he did eat two pellets. Tomorrow I will give him a fast so we can start Tuesday off with a fresh eating schedule.
I also wanted to know if it's normal for a shy betta? I'm sure he's still getting used to his new home, but all Bettas I've seen before in person would follow your finger if you trail it along outside (not touching the glass though..) or come up and "peck" your finger if you dip it in the water. Louie does not, he will look at you for a second, and slowly back away. He hasn't flared at all and only likes to sit on his leaf and behind the tank filter? I've seen him hang around his heater also. He hasn't made any bubble nests either, is that a sign that he isn't happy or there's just no reason to? Lol.
That makes me think of another thing, water testing? I have nothing to test the water with and have no money currently to get something that will test the water (though if it's a must need object I will gladly get one whenever I get him his 5 gallon tank.) I DID treat the water with conditioner on Friday though. He was put in the tank Saturday, a little less than 24 hours since the filter had been running.
and last but not least, changing the water. How and when should I do this? The tank is a 1.5 gallon, and let me be honest, I'm scared to death to change the water. When putting louie in the tank, the person helping me transition him dropped him on the floor (or rather, Louie flopped out/jumped out of his petsmart bowl.). I quickly scooped him up and gently put him in the tank. Ever since then he's been okay.. I just think it shook him up a bit. but I don't want that incident happening again, he's a very jumpy fish...