I just got my first fish like a week ago. He is a blue veil betta male and his name is Fluffy Blueboner (silly yes). I tried to get as much information as I can from the store associate but now I realize...well she didn't know a lot. After I got home I started searching on the internet everything I can find about him and I have some questions.
I have 1 gal tank,gravel and a fake plant. No light or heater (although temp at home is always around 73. I got some betta pellets and bloodworms , I would like to give him different type of food so he won't be bored with his diet. I make sure I change 30% of the water every other day but I just read 100% change every week is a must. Is it true? I really don't want to stress him much since apparently I made a mistake buying such a small tank on the first place.
I noticed he's making bubble nest (Which I kinda destroyed with the water change today,oh I feel so bad),does it really mean he's happy or he's ready to ..make love :) ?
The water is cloudy at the moment and I think it's really my fault-gave him more food than he can eat. How can I handle it?
I use spring water and one of those water cleaners thing from the pet store.
What kind of decoration will be suitable for him?I tried to get him a cave but I end up buying a huge thing ( my husband insisted that we can fit it in the tank ). I read something about specific plant that betta love?
What about the betta bed? Is it really worth it or it's just bs?
Also I read that it will be good to put a mirror in front of him for a couple minutes once a week, so he feels territorial (?!) and stimulate his colors. Which I did and he was so amazing , but I don't want to give him heart attack or something.
I really want to take a good care of him,it's my first baby and I would hate myself if I do something to cause his unhappiness or early death (
Also I put a background thingy behind the tank (James Patterson bright yellow and lime green book) so he won't blend.
I would appreciate any help I get,even though I spent every night reading on the forum.