Ok, I am new to the betta world and I guess first I should tell you a bit about my set up before I just dive into the odd behavior. My betta is an at work pet that sits on my desk in a nice and cool building. I work an odd schedule so he dosent have a whole weekend of starving as I am here working. His name is Mr. Tudor and I bought him from petco. He is in a 1 gallon fish tank from walmart that is very basic. http://www.walmart.com/catalog/detai...72036854775808
The is no filter or air pump as walmart sold me an incomplete set. :(
I completely admit, I over feed my fish. I am working on not doing that cause I dont want to kill him! It's just so cute! I feed him Freezedried bloodworms consistently and then flakes on a rotating basis for nutrition. He does fast once a week to help his, "flow". I use bottled water in his tank and change it once a week or if it becomed cloudy then I do it earlier. I test the Ph and the NH3 levels consistantly.
In his tank I have a fake plant thingy and some colorful rocks - pic if your curious. http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...ct_id=10312312
So now for the odd behavior.. My betta is pretty happy as when I come into work there is uaually a bubble nest so I am sure he isnt too stressed out. He liked to swim to the front of the tank and just look at me. At first I used to tap the plastic and he would swim off and come back to do the same thing a few seconds later. At first I thought he was just playing so I continued. Later he has progressed into kind of hiding behind the plants and staring at me so I tapped again thinking he was playing hide and go seek for fish!
Today I rearranged my desk and he was catching alot of his reflection so I taped a peice of paper to that side to stop it so he wont be stressed from constant flarring.
Today he is sitting on the other side of the tank behind the plant for long period of time and is not interacting. Or when he does come to do the play thing he does he has several times pretty much nose dived into thoes rocks/jewles. Now having put the rocks in I can imagine nose diving into them would be painful or not pleasant for a human so for a fish it has to hurt. He has also taken to kind of swimming on his side, where he is curved but it is too the side which is really odd. I have never seen a fish do this. Is this normal? Is he playing? Am I stressing him out or scaring the poo out of my fish by slamming my finger against his plastic?
I dont want to kill my fish!