Hi everyone. I am new to the forums and to betta keeping. I have kept goldfish for years, but am finding that there are many areas where bettas and goldies differ tremendously. I am really not sure what to watch for, or even what a healthy betta should look like. I do know that they should have no obvious damage to body or fins and should be responsive. Beyond that, I am completely new to them. I am uploading a couple of videos to show my new guy's activity level. He seems so much more active than I was expecting, but is eating well and acting healthy otherwise. He just swims around SO much. I know flashing and darting can be signs of parasites but since I have no clue how bettas should look when they are swimming around normally I am afraid I would not recognize abnormal behavior. I would really appreciate any observations on whether he looks healthy or whether there is anything about him that looks like it could indicate a problem. Our first betta was very sick when we got him but I had no idea. He only lasted a day and a half after coming home :( . I am so fond of this little guy and I don't want to let anything get past me this time. Thank you guys so much! (tank specs, feeding, etc are listed below the vids.)
The first video shows how he usually swims during the day. All three videos were taken withing about five minutes of each other. Sorry about the bad lighting and vid quality.
These two videos illustrate the type of activity I am wondering about. Is this alright?
Could he be chasing his reflection? He wasn't flaring but he doesn't flare at his food either. He tends to be fairly non-agressive. He doesn't swim up and down the wall like this during the day.
Claude came home yesterday afternoon.
Tank size: 10 gallon, filtered
Cycled: Yes but using a biological agent. I know there is quite a bit of debate about the effectiveness of bottled bacteria but this particular brand has worked for me in the past. It is called StartSmart. I will be testing the water regularly for ammonia and nitrite.
Water conditioner: Prime water conditioner/dechlorinator.
Equipment: Heater with thermostat auto-set to 78 degrees, 5-15 gallon HOB filter, thermometer.
Water temperature: between 79 and 81 degrees. Usually right at 80 degrees.
Decor: Small gravel substrate, four plastic plants (tested for smoothness) and three small Amazon Sword Plants (added this evening), glass canister as a betta cave.
Feeding: Nutrimax floating betta pellets. These get pre-soaked and he gets 3 or so per feeding. The pellets are much tinier than most other brands. Freeze-dried and pre-soaked blood worms as a supplement.
Strange symptoms: None besides the high activity level.