I didn't want to post this thread because I do know how obnoxious this may sound, but I'm out of ideas so here goes. I have had Sake for about 2 months now. My boyfriend works from home and always sits next to his tank. When he goes out I am usually at home and right next to him.
We have been noticing that he loses color and gets stress stripes if we leave the house for more than 4-5 hours. Any lesser and he's fine. I thought it was only a co-incidence at first but this has happened every single time since we've had him. He gets dark and shiny pretty soon after we get back.
I tried leaving some music on once, that didn't help. I've read stories of betta biting their tails when their owners go away for the weekend and I really don't want it to get to that.
Does anyone else experience something similar? Is the solution to not be right next to him whenever we are at home? I don't think fish feel emotions so I don't think he misses me or anything but is it possible that he gets stressed if no one is around him? Please help!