Hello. I have owned my betta fish for about 3 months now. I am going to tell you a little about her previous home (me, still, but a different tank) and her new/current home (upgrade!), as well as her behaviour in both. I really want you guys to let me know what I could be doing better for her and what I am doing well. I have been doing my research, but nothing is better than hearing it from someone else, you know?
Ok, my bettas name is Sunshine. She is a female. I don't know the breed, cuz I got her at petsmart, and all it said was "Female Betta". Anyway. When I first got her for the first 2 n a half months, I kept her in a 1/2 gallon (plastic) with no heater and no filter. I did a 1/4 water change mid-week, and a full change once on the weekend. She had gravel and a Marimo ball.
Her behaviour in the 1/2 gallon was great. She was social and would come to the top and see me whenever I came home from classes (I'm a full time college student living in a One Man Room aka Closet). She rarely flared and I do not believe she was stressed.
Her new tank is a 2 n a half gallon (plastic). It has a heater (no setting, but it is automated for 74-78 degrees F). It also has a built-in light and a filter. There is gravel, again, and the same Marimo ball. She also has a single live plant, about 5 inches tall with many leaves.
She just got put in here last night. She is a bit antsy, constantly on the edge of the tank looking out or at herself, I can not tell. When I first put her in, she was much more interested in exploring, now she seems anxious and bored. :/ I don't have much money left (new tank+heater+more gravel+bloodworms+plant=53 dollars :/).
What is some advise? Praise? Let me know! Thanks so much.