Today I did a 100% water change as Clampy's tank was looking foggy and there was oil film on top. I did a 40% change two days ago, and I set up the tank 5 days ago (3 gallon critter keeper, no filter).
I researched this forum and for water changes I think it's best for me to do cold water as using hot or warm water would take water from my hot water heater tank which may have metals in it...I use Splendid Betta water conditioner, enough for 3 gallons of Portland Maine's finest city water.
It took a few hours to heat the water up to Clampy's water temp which dropped to 72 while he was out of the tank. I used a light and a space heater in the room.
Tank had been maintaining at 75 degrees with a hydor 7.5 watt heater, I'm not impressed by it, but bought 2 tetra and hydor whisper style mini heaters from both walmart and petsmart and neither worked... so I have ordered a stealth online for 28$ (pricey!) I am perplexed by others recommendations if the aforementioned heaters, methinks they are not good..
I know the tank is cold and maybe this is why Clampy stays clamped but in the past i have had two betta (about ten years ago) and they never had heaters and were very active...
Clampy can't eat betta pellets or large blood worms unless I split them up, i am wondering if he is small (I have no comparism) and maybe young or just sickly or clampy. I did check him for disease symptoms and compared him with pictures of betta illnesses and I don't think he has anything obvious. His body and head are very grey in color.
I bought him because he was all clamped in the tank and I though he was going to die.
He does come to me when I approach the tank, he moves around but not a lot.
Now that I notice the white spines on his ventrals I think they were that way when I got him last week, I just thought they were clamped, he was in a filthy bowl at the petstore.
I copied this form the other thread I have been posting on since I got him, there are some more pictures of the tank over there, my camera is blurry, however you can see the white ventral spines clamped up on the side of his bodyhttp://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/b...-gallon-41980/