I'm a new owner and have been trying to read everything I can get my hands (eyes) on about bettas. There are a few things that I haven't been able to find, though.
First, some background. I've had my betta (named Sir Reginald Pennypants, or Reggie for short) for about 2 and a half weeks now. He's a male that I got at walmart. I felt SO sorry for him in his little cup and I had been wanting to learn to keep fish for a while, so home he came with me! I have him in a 10 gallon tank along with 2 peppered cory catfish (named Salt and Pepper) and 2 apple snails (Hoover and Kirby). So far, they all seem to get along well. No one has chased one another and I see no evidence of nipped fins on anyone. I have about 5 soft plastic plants clustered in the middle with one large one in the back corner where I have a betta hammock behind it. I have a bubble wall on the side opposite the fliter. I've got his thermostat set at 78F. I've been feeding him betta flakes and dried bloodworms (rehydrated first) He seems to like to nibble at the algae wafer... does it sound like I'm not feeding him enough if he's wanting to eat that?
Some things I think I may need to change and would like some input... The filter I have on the tank is too strong, I think. There are times when the betta swims under the flow and he gets pushed down about halfway to the bottom. I've been reading and I get mixed info. On one hand, some are saying that VERY low flow is the only way to go cause bettas don't like current. The other side is saying that bettas enjoy swimming in some current and find it fun and also that a tank larger than 2.5 gallons needs to have a higher flow to keep it clean enough. I'm so cunfused!
Another thing I'm seeing that's conflicting is that flaring is a good thing and not to worry. I've also read that this is bad and must be corrected. Reggie seems to spend a fair bit of time flaring at his reflection in the side of the tank. Do I need to be concerned? Is there anything I can do about it anyway?
One behavior thing I've noticed with him is after feeding time, he will flutter and dart forward an inch or so and flutter and then dart forward again over and over. What could that possibly mean? Happiness? Playfulness? Pain? Anger?
Never having taken care of fish before, I have such a hard time reading there body language. I'm excited to learn though! Please, any comments are welcome. Advice especially! TIA