I mentioned to my girlfriend that I wanted a fish for Christmas, and I thought she'd think I was joking but yesterday she decided to give me my present early and lo and behold it was a stunning navy betta fish. I am very excited but after reading a lot of articles and forums (including this one) I've figured out that I don't have the necessary materials for the betta to be completely happy.
My girlfriend bought the betta fish with a 1 gallon bowl, an artificial plant, a spongebob pineapple house thingy, colored gravel, Topfin betta water cond., Topfin betta pellets, and fish flakes.
I tried feeding him for the first time last night to no avail, it didn't so much as touch the 2 pellets or single fish flake I put in. I took these out in the morning and put 3 pellets in and Thunder (that's him) still didn't touch them. This is my main concern, any suggestions to jumpstart his appetite?
He hardly moves at all unless I put my finger in front of him or a mirror up to the bowl at which point he swims around pretty rapidly or sometimes retreats slowly. I've read that betta fish are usually active but he's just not. He hovers around the top of the bowl and moves very
rarely. Is it possible that he just isn't as active as other bettas have been known to be?
I make sure the water hovers around 80 degrees and I made sure to put the correct amount of water treatment for one gallon. Any ideas as to why he's so inactive?
I've read that when put into a new environment they can become "depressed" and/or stressed.
From what I've read online, I would assume he was sick if I hadn't only had him for [i]one day[i]. How have your bettas acted when first put into a new home?
1. He flares up and really shows off his fins when he sees himself in the mirror and he occasionally spreads his fins out while staying still
2. I have no way to test the PH of the water.
3. He's in my bedroom, my house is kept at a constant 77 degrees but my room is warmer with my space heater and the water has stayed around 80 + or - .5 degrees.
4. He's breathing steadily judging by his gill movement
5. There is no obvious discoloration from how he looked when I got him
6. I know a LOT of people disagree with Betas in bowls and I will be upgrading to at least a 2.5 gallon as soon as possible.
I know this all may be normal but I just wouldn't want to get off on the wrong foot with my new companion and I certainly wouldn't want to ruin his health in a matter of days even if that means changing the water out each day or eating his fish food to make sure it tastes good