Hey everybody, I am a first time poster but I have been stalking the forums for a couple weeks now. I just got my first betta, well my first fish friend for that matter. I got her a 2 gallon bowl for right now. I know that is not the ideal size for a betta but its the best I can do being in a college apartment.
I went and got her a 7.5 watt heater to go under the gravel yesterday so that she wouldn't freeze anymore. I introduced it (buried it about an inch under the gravel) and switched out the water while I was at it. I have been monitoring it since I put it in, as I hear these type of heaters are infamous for boiling your fish. Anyways, the temp has stabilized at about 82-83 F. So my question is how I can drop the temperature a couple of degrees to get it to the optimum temp. Will burying the heater deeper help? I'm stuck at a crossroads now because it is either this high temp or too low... She went from lethargy yesterday to swimming around more and coming up for air more often today. Still not eating, but that is probably because she is trying to get used to new surroundings. I can't tell if she is happy this morning with the temp or just over-active from the temp being too high. Currently she is sitting at the top of the water near the power cord of the heater.
I'd appreciate any insight on the temperature problem, and, if you can spare the time, maybe some advice on getting her to start eating (It has been a couple days of not eating.) I have never seen such a finicky fish, but I guess that's what I signed up for getting a female... haha