Betta by heater

Jbbergland

The night before we got my Betta fish I put tap water in my tank and put the conditioner in, put in decor, substrate, and then I put on the filter and heater. Then we got the fish and when I got him home I put in safe start by tetra not the plus. Then we let him acclimate for 2 hours then we opened the bag put 3 Dixie cup full of the tank water in his bag every 10 minutes for 30 minutes then we put him in the tank. I have noticed he is hanging out by the heater. He has been swimming around a lot comming to me but he is by the heater. I don't know if this is normal. My first fish that I got a couple of days ago hung out by the filter a lot and then the day after I got him he died. I used Betta water and then just poured that in the tank and let him acclimate for 20 minutes then put him in but I don't think the water was warm enough because he acted weired. I did not have a heater and the water was cold. I didn't understand what the pet store person told me. She said the water was ready to use right away and you don't have to do anything. And because he died I am never using Betta water again. So I used tap this time. And the conditioner. But he is hanging around by the heater and I am really scared I really want some insight. To see if that is normal.
 

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BigManAquatics

Well, he probably likes the warmth and also doesn't look like he got a lot of places to hide, so may just feel safest by the heater, being new and all.
 
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Melina1020

My betta did the same the first few days he was introduced to his tank. Make sure your heater is working properly by using a thermometer to check the water temperature (I use a cheap digital one I got from Amazon and a stick-on thermometer strip).

It seems like you are in the process of a fish-in cycle. It would really help if you read some posts/articles about tank cycling. Don't worry too much, as long as the water parameter is kept in a safe range your fish will be fine.
 
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Jbbergland

I have done some research and it sounds like betta fish are not very active fish, is this correct?
 
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Melina1020

I have done some research and it sounds like betta fish are not very active fish, is this correct?
It really depends on different betta personality. My fish swims almost all the time when he’s awake, especially when he see me approaching. When I’m in front of the tank he’ll pace against the front glass to beg for food. However, it is normal for betta to be more inactive when first introduced to a new environment. I almost thought I killed him when I first put him in the tank because he would just float and ignores the food. Give him some time he’ll be fine.
 
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