Betta Behavior After Transfer To New Tank 2 Hrs Ago

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I just moved my betta from unfiltered 2g to cycled filtered heated 5g. The only variations between the tanks are pH 6.8 in 2g and 6.6 in new aquarium; temperature 75 vs 77; and nitrates 0 vs 5-10, respectively. I acclimated him to temp and water conditions over the course of an hour. Since I put him in the 5g, however, he's appeared very stressed, with swimming back and forth on the back side of the tank (occasional resting) and rapid breathing.

When I changed water in the 2g before, he would breath rapidly for a while too, but I figured he would be calmed down by this point (almost 2 hours later). Should I be concerned? Does he just need more time to calm down?
 

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Yes, it will lower the PH, but it is proven to make the betta stress free because it's like their natural habitat.

Look into it for more info
 

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Well, what are the parameters, and did you cycle the tank? I haven’t ever had a stressed betta after a movement to a bigger tank, but he could be freaked out.

Is there anything for him to hide in?
 
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Fanatic said:
Well, what are the parameters, and did you cycle the tank? I haven’t ever had a stressed betta after a movement to a bigger tank, but he could be freaked out.

Is there anything for him to hide in?
Yes, it's cycled, and parameters are within safe limits.
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Should I maybe add more greenery/live plants? I'm new to fishkeeping and I am just nervous about making changes to the water composition
 
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