Hi fourm, Another newbie here and one who is trying to do the right thing by her little fighting fish Arthur, though right now his behaviour is concerning me...
I am not entirely new to fighting fish and have kept some before, however looking back i really could have given those other fighters a better quality of life. Right now however, i only have one male betta fish called Arthur and im looking for some guidance on how to improve his quality of life and have a healthy betta!
I chose Arthur out of 20 other grown male bettas because he was so active, flaring at the male in the other tank and had a good bubble nest going on, He was really full of life!
Before i bought Arthur home i fully set up his tank and let it filter and cycle for 2 days and heated it for the whole day before bringing him home. When he was home, i let his bag float for 20 minutes to the same temperature and added a little water of the tank at a time before releasing him (with his snail friend Shelly) into his new home and WOW he was full of life! Totally exploring his home and even built a little bubble nest.
Arthur's tank is a 9 Liter planted (live plants) (i think thats a 2 gallon tank?) heated tank with a filtration system. The filter however i had to modify a little as the current was way too strong (even on the lowest setting) I simply put some filter wool in the main pipe of the filter that sucks up the water and it really reduced the flow to something much nicer to a fighting fish
I am a little concerned however if this will affect the way the water is filtered, do you think it will affect the way the tank is kept clean ?
The heater WAS sitting at 20 degrees celcius (68 degrees farenheit) but after researching i realised that it was far too low and Since earlier today it has been put at 26 degrees (78 farenheit) which has been pretty stable since heating to the correct temperature.
He is fed 4 balls of betta food (brand Aquarian) and i will soon be getting him some little blood worms or something else to spruce up his diet.
All this is wonderful and from my eyes it seems i have done everything i knew how to do to make a betta fish happy, however Arthur doesnt look very happy to me now...
Since yesterday he has been really lacking in energy, and continues to stay at the bottom of the tank looking very depressed.
I did a water test for the pH and the ammonia and both came back in a normal/ good range (pH was 7.0 and ammonia was on the low end of the scale) The water was treated while cycling and new water i had added was warm and treated as well earlier this morning.
He eats his food with enthusiasm so that is at least a good sign.
He doesnt have any noticable damage to his fins (i dont notice any fin rot or anything) and he has no external fungus/ paracites so why is he suddenly feeling so down??
Could he be stressed due to the cold temperature (his tank at the shop wasnt heated at all) or could he be bored? I plan on buying another plant and one of those little pot looking ornaments to give him somewere to explore...
Has anyone experienced anything like this if all seems to be normal to begin with?