my betta is spending most of the time sitting in the bottom of tank. he appears, touch wood, healthy otherwise. he did this a couple of days ago before I got my new 2.5 gallon tank. he was cool in the new tank for a couple of days and has started doing it again. other than this behavior he looks to be ok. he eats the 2 pellets (soaked) that I feed him. I see he poops every day as I stir and net it out so his water doesnt get bad. he is not bloated or anything of that sort either. until last week I was feeding him only one pellet a day somehow I thought that is optimal. now I feed twice a day.
so he sits at the bottom of the tank when alone. he is very active when he sees me and is fixated at me whenever I am within sight probably because I am the one who feeds him. every time I get to the tank he goes into a demanding frenzy for food like a meth addict.... 'gimmie gimmie gimmie'! lol.
tank info is as follows: 2.5 gallon, with water filter, no heater but I control the thermostat in my house to 80 F. it dose not vary much.
as far as the water parameters, the API kit always shows 0 ppm NH3/NH4+ for me and I follow instructions perfectly. all time 0 ppm sounds somewhat too good to be true. but that is what it shows. since I got the new tank, I am cycling it by changing 10% water every day. starting next week I will change 25% water every 4-5 days.
I also used strips for other parameters. pH is around 8, nitrate, nitrite are also nonexistent, hardness and gH are high (180 ppm both cases). but that is the tap water our city gets. I am not very comfortable using the reverse osmosis water.
so, can someone tell me why my little guy is sluggish?
This comes at a time when I have to move from AZ to NE. Next weekend is when I gonna make the 4 day trip and it has to be that long because my pregnant wife has to driver her car and we dont want to do more than 6 hours a day on the road. I hope he doesnt get too stressed out by the trip. any advice on the road trip could also be very helpful.