Hi, Iíve been reading and researching to help my poor baby but nothing seems to match my situation... fully.
Okay, so Iím a new betta fish owner but Iíve done enough research to know that bettas prefer >2.5 gallons, but my expenses and my current living situation (shared small dorm room) allows for only a 1 gallon bowl. Please be nice when answering this question, I really want to help my fish! Plus, I figured a 1 gallon bowl was better than living in a small cup in pet depot anyways!
I just got him today and I did everything that I was told to do, wash the gravel, put in the de-chlorinator, etc, and I even bought bettafix as a I noticed a little shredding around his tail. For the first 10 minutes or so, he seems pretty active and normal, swimming around and exploring but afterwards, he became quite still and motionless (even his gills werenít moving!) at the top corner of his bowl. I observed him for around 20 minutes and in that time period, he barely moved. I put a lamp shining above his bowl as I heard that bettas do better in warm water. (This is a temporary situation, I have a heater and am waiting for my thermometer to come by mail... Donít want to boil my fish alive without know it!) When I turned the lamp off after awhile, he actually seems to be more active but not greatly so. He swims around in an awkward jerky fashion (Velvet? Ich? I donít see white spots or the rusty shine) and at one point, was aggressively headbutting the gravel?! If fish could get ďhighĒ, this would definitely be what it looks like!
Oh and my bowl is uncycled... I really shouldíve read up on more information before making the decision of purchasing a fish! Lesson learnt.
Heís such a pretty thing, please help me out! :(