Okay so I've been looking into getting a Betta for awhile. I'm used to having pets around (had a dog, then a pair of adopted guinea pigs for six and a half years) but am currently living in a college dorm. From what I've seen (lurking on this forum included), Bettas seem to fish with a lot of 'personality', which is what I'm looking for.
I mentioned this to my parents, and they ended up getting me a Betta for my birthday as a surprise. They got him from PetSmart, and got the Betta starter kit as well--if you're unfamiliar with the setup, it comes with flake food, a little plastic plant, tank conditioner, and a half-gallon plastic tank. Both my house and dorm are very cold and my little Betta looked miserable in the little half-gallon tank, so I bought him a 2-gallon tank with a 10-watt heater and an air pump. Currently I'm not using the air pump because I'd read very mixed things on whether Bettas like them/need them or not.
However, Oscar the Betta still looks as miserable as he did in the first tank. As far as I can tell, he has not eaten anything except a little bit of freeze-dried brine shrimp on Wednesday. He lurks near the top of the tank, near the heater and doesn't move around very much for the most part. He was very lively when I put him into the new tank (on 12/30, after letting the new tank run for 24 hours) and while I was acclimating him, but since then, I haven't noticed him moving much at all. I think he's supposed to be blue/purple, but his fins are all crumpled and his head seems to be faded. He doesn't respond when I put a mirror up near him, and he doesn't seem to notice when I put food in his tank.
Sorry for the super long post, but I have no idea what's wrong with Oscar, except that he looks like he might die and I have no idea what to do! Please&Thanks for help :)