Okay well I'm really new to all of this, but my sister got me into betta fish and I want to make sure I'm doing it properly. I don't have enough time in my schedule to clean out my 1 gal tank twice a week, and I don't know if using the pH balancing tablets is good either. All of these terms and such are a bit confusing to me :X anyways, I purchased two fish about a three weeks ago (from petsmart) and here they are :D
[ i don't know if the pictures will work properly because I am on my cellular device instead of a computer, so I will post the proper pictures later if it doesn't work out]
The top one is Lan Se, or lance. It means blue in Chinese. He looked green in the picture but really he was blue. Unfortunately, one night my sister was moving around the items in the tank while Lance was digging. I was at an award ceremony and didn't come home until later. We found this poor baby dead between the rocks.
Needless to say I cried my eyes out even though I had only had him for two weeks. Anyways. :<
The bottom one is Apollo, the fish I currently have. He is a half moon, or so the petsmart people told me, and I bought him because he was the ONLY one I had ever seen like that. It would help if you guys told me just what type he is. :D
I'm here because I'm worried that Apollo might have something wrong with him. :< his fins are turning bluer and he's losing a bit of the translucence he had to him. I have also spotted a red line on his bottom fin, and I have no idea what that means. He doesn't really swim around as much as Lan se did, and he doesn't eat his food like Lan se did. He constantly spits it out and then chases it. He will continue this process until he has kept it down or it has gotten stuck in the marbles. I then began to cut his pellet in half and would drop it so he could eat it. He started eating a bit more and there was less food at the bottom, but now I don't see him keep it down at all. And his stomach still looks slightly swollen.
I don't know what's wrong with him because Lance ate his food in a heartbeat and kept it down on the first try and I never had to cut them in half. I know that each fish is different but there were no similarities between the two and I find that odd. When I come to the tank, Apollo will pop out of his little trunk and show off a little bit, but then slink back into the leaves where he blends in.
Anyways I just want to know some basic advice on keeping him healthy and happy. And if anything is wrong with him... :< please help me learn!