Hi. First, I'd like to say thanks to the Betta Gurus who answer questions for us noobs.
I bought a male crowntail a few months ago and thought what many others did, that I could just put him in a tiny container and watch him be pretty. I started feeling sorry for him because he rarely moved.
I found this website, got some advice. Today, I put Amaziah in his new 2g tank with a heater and filter. There are large gravel and plastic plants.
I have two concerns. One is that the temperature is staying at 86F. I bought a cheap heater that is not adjustable. Is this too warm?
I put him in the tank over an hour ago and he has been swimming constantly. Even when he is "still", he is rapidly moving his gills. Is this just because he is getting used to having moving water from the filter, or is he happy, or is he freaked out? A few times I have noticed that he goes next to the filter, like he might be leaning against it. Is he doing this to rest?
I never thought I would get attached to a fish, but now I care for this little life and do want him to be safe and happy. I want to be a good betta mommy. :)