OK, here we go:
I have a 5 gallon tank, currently NOT cycled or filtered >> I have a sponge filter & air pump on the way from Amazon.com.
I have a couple of live plants.
I do have a heater, temp stays about 76 degrees.
I have one new male betta in this tank.
Yesterday I tested the water:
pH - 7.6
Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 5ppm (this is from my tap water, as it matched the tank results exactly)
I got my new Betta over the weekend. The first couple of days he was *very* active and flaring a lot at his reflection. To keep this to a minimum, I taped some blue/green paper over the one corner so he wouldn't just stay there an flare all day. :P
Anyway, for the past two days he has been quite inactive. :/ He sits at the bottom most of the time. He will swim quickly to the top, take a breath, and then zoom back to the bottom. Occasionally he will swim for a minute or two around the tank at a normal speed. Mostly he is at the bottom 'hiding' behind or inside a plastic decoration I have in there for him. Or underneath an oak leaf that I also have in the tank.
>>He is now also not eating. - I was feeding HBH Betta Bites & frozen bloodworms. Either 3 pellets or one worm a feeding, fed him 2-3 times a day. Since he is not full grown I wanted him to eat plenty, but maybe I overfed..?
I'm not sure what is wrong! He does not look ill. He did blow out his fins a bit, as he has a few tiny pin-holes in them from all the flaring. (Moonstone is his name and he is a half-moon.)
Can anyone advise me on what to do? Maybe just wait and watch? He seems fine other than being inactive and the slightly blown fins. I wonder if he is just adjusting to his new home or maybe he is bloated..? His belly doesn't look overly large to me, I can try to get a picture tonight if need be.
Thanks for any help!