Hello! I'm a new member, but not new to betta fish. I started "rescuing" them when they first became popular...I couldn't stand to see them in those tiny, dirty, half-filled cups of water...so I'd pick out the ugliest and the most sickly looking and take them home. At one point there were 15 of them living in my bonus room... :)
I was betta-less for several years after that, but recently I acquired a new one...Blue Fish (after the Dr. Seuss book), and he's just moved into his big new 10 gallon aquarium. Previously, I always had my bettas in smaller aquariums (2 gallons) and didn't use filters, just air stones, plants, hiding spots, and changed the water frequently. So, this is my first experience with the big tank.
I have two questions: my betta doesn't seem to like the filter. I knew he didn't like air stones (he seems to prefer the water to be very still), and he's much more active when I turn the filter off for a time. I turn it back on so that it can filter, and then he tends to swim somewhere and "park" with his little "legs" and refuse to swim around. And I swear he looks annoyed.
Anyone have any suggestions? It's not a big filter, just a small one for 5-15 gallon tanks, so I don't think I can get one that's any more gentle?
Also, I know that with goldfish you should use aquarium salt, does this apply to bettas as well? And, if so, are the amts the same per gallon of water?
Thanks in advance for any help!