Hi! I'm new. I wish this wasn't my first post, but unfortunately it is.
Let me give you a little bit of a background on my two betta fish, Titan and Atlantis before I explain their symptoms.
I got Titan and Atlantis (T & A) almost a month ago from a pet store. They are my first betta fish. I didn't know much about bettas when I bought them, and was told by the pet store they would be fine and dandy swimming around in a bowl. So, I put each of them in their own bowl, about 1.5 gallons each. Both of these bowls are rounded. I keep these bowls about 4 feet away from each other also, so T&A don't go crazy looking at each other. I have some tan gravel on the bottom of each and a little plant in each one that they can hide under/in or sit on. I do one 25% water change a week and one full water change a week. When I do this water change, I let the new water sit out for about an hour, treat the water and also add this salt-like substance that cleanses the water. I feed T&A once a day of either 3 pellets or 3 freeze-dried blood worms.
Now, of course after I got them, I started doing my research, and realized that they probably need to be in a bigger home, with a heater and a filter. So, I do have aquariums on the way, but they have not been delivered yet, so for the next week or so, I have to deal with keeping T & A in their bowls.
Titan- Yesterday, I noticed that Titan's belly is starting to swell up. Its not rediculously huge, but how do I tell if it is droopsy (think that's what its called) or if I have just over fed him? Other than that, he seems just fine, happy and curious about everything.
Atlantis- He appears to be going insane. He was a fine, calm and curious little guy about a week ago. Now however, he appears to be doing diagonal laps extremely fast around the bowl, like he is really upset, and then, he will just stop. And be very, very still. If I go tap on the glass, that just drives him even more crazy. When I feed him, sometimes he eats, sometimes he doesn't. He almost seems afraid of the food. He is also flaring up a lot.
So, what am I doing wrong? Do you think things will improve once I get them in their heated aquariums or are they both sick with something?