I just moved my betta from his temporary (while my big tank was finishing cycling) 3g tank to his new cycled 20g tank a couple of days ago.
When I first got him and put him in the 3g, he never showed any signs of stress. He loved the space right away, and swam around all day long. I waited a day to feed him, and never had any problems.
I moved him over to the 20g on Monday night. I acclimatized him, and finally put him in. He immediately started swimming around....and he hasn't stopped! It's not a frantic type of swimming, but he just swims and swims and swims.
He had a plant with him in the 3g that he would sleep in. I got a taller version of the same plant for the 20g, and there are lots of other plants (plastic/silk), a cave and a Betta Log in there. It doesn't seem like he ever sleeps! He just swims. He swims from one side to the other side, front to back, down to inspect the gravel....he loops around and around the heater, goes behind the filter outlet (which I have baffled with a sponge) and then swims out and rides the current over and over.
It looks like he's happy. He doesn't look distressed, he doesn't have stress stripes or anything. But he just won't stop moving.
I tried to feed him on several occasions yesterday and this morning, but he just doesn't pay attention to me. He's too busy swimming!
In the 3g I would tap the front of the tank with a mini spoon that I use to scoop the pellets out. As soon as he saw the spoon he would come zooming over and wait at the top for his pellets. I would drop one in at a time, and he would follow the spoon and eat them. Even when I wasn't feeding him, he would swim up to me when I was looking into his tank.
I've tried everything to get him to notice me or the spoon, but he doesn't.
Will he eventually stop and notice that he's hungry? Should I be worried, or is this normal? I knew he would need to inspect his new territory, but I didn't expect him to be so pre-occupied with it!
This is my first fish of any kind, so I don't know whether I should wait it out or worry.
Thanks for any advice!