I'm a college student and my roommate and I got each other betta fish for Christmas (since we're only allowed to keep fish in the dorms). While my fish (Trublion) has been doing just fine, she's had two fish die on her in the course of the two months we've been back on campus.
Yesterday I picked out two new fish (I was only supposed to get one but their conditions in the pet store looked abysmal and they were both quite beautiful) and brought them home. One is in a 2 gallon bowl and the other is in a 1 gallon vase.
The one in the bowl seems to be doing pretty well, he's still a little mopey but he's swimming around and flaring at some of his surroundings while he gets a feel for them. I think he has cotton mouth, so I've been treating him for that. He's already responding to feeding cues!
The other one, however, is my problem. The one kept in the vase seems to have fin rot or some other serious tearing in his fins. The lady at the store suggested he had just been flaring too much at his neighbors and worn them out. I've been treating his water and everything and plan to do regular water changes (100% every other day) along with the rest of the fish. There used to be a plastic plant in his vase but I took it out so he wouldn't get snagged on it.
Unlike my other two fish, he doesn't respond to the feeding cues. Which is okay, I guess, I haven't even had him for 24 hours yet. I think he ate a pellet I left in there last night, but so far he hasn't eaten since. He seems afraid of any movement around his vase and he stays at the bottom of the bowl except for when he swims up to get air.
I'm worried he's depressed and going to starve, and also wondering if something is wrong with the vase (seeing as it's identical to the one Trublion is in, but has had two fish in it die now). I was considering putting him in a smaller bowl so when I feed him he'll be more likely to see the food and it'll be easier to fish it out if he doesn't eat it. But I'm worried that will just stress him more. Any suggestions? I'd really like my roommate NOT to have yet another fish die on her...
I'm also a little lacking on betta information, I'm not sure what type he is or really any of the information you guys usually supply on here. Sorry! I do know that I feed him Hikari Betta Bio-Gold pellets, however. And also that our room is a little too chilly for bettas preferences; I plan on buying some type of heaters for them when I get the funds for them and bigger bowls.