I just upgraded to a new tank (now 2.5 gallon) from the 1 gallon my betta was in for the first few months. Wow, he is so much happier after the first day being in there. Alot more active, he just used to sit near the surface before for hours doing nothing every day in the 1 gallon tank...now he is swimming around, swimming through the gently moving filter water, then going behind the filter to rest, then circling around again. Its like he's figuring out the best place to be.
I have a few questions....
1. Does anyone recomment the betta hammock? (Fake leaf that you suction onto the side near the top, so they can 'rest' without having to swim up too much for air.) Now that the tank is 'deeper' and also has a gentle current from the filter, will he need this? He seems to have found a still spot behind the filter where he rests at the surface without moving his fins. He seems able to float there quite fine...not sure if I should give him a little help in that regard.
2. The new tank now has a built in light. Before, he would be in the dark at night, and during the day in a room with blinds open...just natural light, sometimes having the room light on, and a table lamp on next to him.
I read they don't really like the light too much. Can we put the tank light on? It does look pretty. Does one leave it on all the time, or switch it off at night? I'm not sure what's best.
3. Last question....for several weeks before we got the new tank, he didn't really eat his food I put in immediately. (they are betta pellets, that didn't really mess up the water too much if you left them). I'd leave them in there and they would be eaten several hours later. I gave him about 6 - 8 pellets morning and again at night. Is that too much? Is he just not hungry? Why does he not come up and gobble them up immediately?