I just bought my 1 year old son a Betta fish the other day (Fishy), and his uncle bought him a Tetra Betta Bowl kit for him. With never owning a Betta before, I just assumed that this would work out just fine considering that I did not know that a Betta needed warm water.
Before I bought him, he didn't really look that happy in the first place and seemed to cheer up some once I moved him out of his fish "cup" that he was originally in. He swims around a good amount, but I am not entirely sure how happy he is in his new home.
I [thankfully] found this website after everything was bought and Fishy settled in. The bowl that he is in right now is only about 1/2 gallon for water capacity and I cannot find a heating pad that is small enough for that size of a bowl. He hasn't really been eating much since he got here (maybe 1-2 pellets a day), and I am not sure if that is normal or not. I do not think that he likes this food and so I plan on buying a different type for him.
Before I changed his water, he was starting to make some bubbles on the surface of the water, but does not seem to be doing it now. I was wondering what I might be able to do to heat his water up since I cannot find a heating pad to fit the bowl. I am pretty sure that I do not have a desk lamp to try using and I don't want to keep disturbing him with taking water out and putting warmer water in.
I do plan on buying a Hawkeye AquaView 360, 2 Gallon Aquarium Kit to replace the bowl once I save up the money, but until then I am not sure what to do to make sure he is happy and healthy. It has only been a couple days, but I really do love this fish and want to make sure I don't accidentally kill him. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.