I have a lifetime experience with fish, and several years (15-20) with bettas. I have just received a giant gold dragon male from thailand. He is absolutely gorgeous and seems to be in perfect health. (he has no noticable ailments.) His appetite is tremendous, typical of giants. He is in full fin, not as much as a single tear, nor a single scale is out of place.
So, Here is the problem. Ever since I received him, Thurday morning, he has not stopped pacing his tank. He was in a 10 gallon planted tank with a cave and rings (a bird toy that bettas seem to enjoy), and IAL. I have since removed him from that tank and place him in an empty tank with IAL. I placed another betta that came in the same shipment in the ten gallon, and he immediately settled in and I think believes he is in heaven.lol The dragon on the other hand, is still pacing. So I have now moved him to a blue plastic container, and still no change. I am starting to wonder if he is just a hyper betta.
I have never know a betta to have this "ailment" although, he seems to otherwise be fine. Its not anything to do with environment or water, because other bettas placed in his previous containers/tank, settle in right away. He is in constant partial flare. Meaning he holds his fins up, but does not do the fighting or flirting stance, dance, or swim. He is not holding out his beard. But he has not once let his fins down. He has not once laid down, or even stopped.
So I am totally at a lose here. I got him thursday morning, this is now Sunday afternoon. He has to be tired, and I am afraid he is going to make himself sick from not resting. He will now focuse on me when I come to the tank, but I cannot hold his attention, like the other bettas will do. He will come to me, then swim around his tank, then back to me. He does this as long as I will stay there.
Any suggestions, or if anyone has had a betta normally behave this way, I appreciate the response. This guy is absolutely beautiful! I have emailed to person I brought him from, and they have a hard time with english. They simply told me to do the typical things, change water, add IAL. Things that if you are experienced you do automatically before getting stumped and asking for advice.
Thanks for the help in advance! Gotta get this guy settled down.
Oh yeah, one more thing, he was in partial flare even in the bag when I pulled him from the box!!