Hey all, I'm a brand new betta owner, just bought my fish about 24 hours ago. Hes a male red crowntail named Ryu, in a medium-small fishbowl here at my apartment. I've just got a few questions as a new owner.
1, My fish seems to enjoy simply floating or skimming around the surface of the tank. I know they are slow swimmers, but is it normal for them to stay so near the surface 80% of the time?
2. He doesn't seem to like the food i have. I'm not too concerned yet, as they don't eat much and I've had him only a day, but he hasn't eaten even one of the pellets. I'm using Wardley brand "betta food". He has struck at a few pellets, but never eaten any. The pellets, when the are soaked, look like they may be to big for him to eat. I've read that brine shrimp or insect larvae are good for Bettas, but the store i was at didn't sell any. There is a larger pet store across town i could check though. Would you recommend shrimp or larvae instead of pellets?
Ryu and I would appreciate any advice you have on these. Thanks!