My betta's been sick and is just recently coming around from it. As a little treat I decided to go out and buy two new plants that would better for his fins and provided more hiding spots for him to feel safer. I also bought some small red shiny pebble pieces to decorate his gravel.
I put the plants in and he was soon swimming around them. I started dropping in some of the red pebbles (on the opposite side of the tank) and he raced over and tried to attack one of the falling pieces with no luck. I spread the pieces out over the gravel and figured after a few hours he would be ok.
While he don't attack the pieces, he refuses to go to the bottom of the tank. When he does go down there he goes down, looks the gravel, then backs up. I tried to mix the pieces with the gravel so there wasn't as much, but he's still the same. There's red in his plants, in his little coral hideout, and the heater has a red light that kicks on.
Can he seriously be afraid of the pebbles? Should I just take them out or wait a little longer????