I recently became very interested in betta fish. I've done loads of research and have learned how to take care of them and what not. So today, I went to the pet store and bought a male baby betta. As I didn't have much money with me, I bought a cheap 1/2 gallon bowl which came with gravel and a plastic plant. However, I am picking up a 2 gallon tank from a friend in a little bit.
But here's what i'm getting at. I put him in the new bowl, with the water at about 80 degrees. I fed him a couple pellets which he ate immediately. He was swimming around, somewhat interested in me. But after about an hour, he started darting around his bowl. His stripes started showing up, and occasionally he breathes very heavily. This has been going on for about 10 or 15 minutes. I notice he's somewhat calmer while I'm a bit of a ways away from the bowl, but if I get up close to get a good look at him, he starts stressing out a bit more... I don't know if I did something to scare him, I haven't tapped on the glass or anything... When I fed him I stuck my finger in to try to show him where the pellets were and he seemed a tad hesitant to approach my finger... but does anyone have any advice on what to do or any opinions on what's going on with him?
Thanks from a new betta owner
EDIT: He's a bit calmer now, but he seems to stay very close to the top of the water, his fins are still flared and his stripes are still visible..