I just got a Betta about four days ago from Petsmart. I wanted to take care of my new fish correctly so I did some research on how to properly care for a Betta and found that he needed a heater and a few other things. So I went out and set together a nice 3.5 gallon tank with a heater, fake plants, and pretty gravel. I want to save up and get him a bigger tank sometime, too, and hopefully, some real plants. :D
However, I'm not sure if he's okay. He seems to be healthy, since he swims around when he thinks I'm not looking and he completely loves his warm water. But he swims away and panics if I walk by his bowl or look inside it. Then he calms down and just pouts on the tank floor, and I feel really bad. :(
I want to know if there's a way I can bond with him, or make him less scared of me, or if the fact that I got him from a pet store, means I'll never be able to. Does he just need longer to get used to me, or is there something else I should be doing to make him more comfortable?
P.S. His tank is situated on a CD shelf in my bedroom, where I spend most of the morning and late nights, so he sees quite a bit of me. Is this a bad thing?