I got my betta almost a year ago. I haven’t owned a fish since I was a kid, besides an octopus I cared for in a class in high school a few years back (not sure if that counts haha). We’ve gone through three different tanks, due to an insufficient first one, an algae problem that wouldn’t go away in the second, and today we got to number three. I’m worried that I’m not being a great fish mom to him, and in general I’m a highly paranoid person so I’m worried there are some problems. So I came here hoping to get some help.
My fish Petro is a male halfmoon Betta. The first photo (black gravel) is around when I first brought him home (May 2017). The next (green plant & blue lil house thing) was taken today. I threw in a few more recent ones just to get a good look at him.
I’m the type of person to go on WebMD when I have a cold, and leave thinking I’m dying of a rare disease. So as I frequent researching Betta illnesses I start getting worried that he could have some. He’s fairly lethargic. He has a tendency to chill out on top of his little house or just stick around in one spot, usually low in the tank. He doesn’t always do this, he’ll bee bop around still. I’m watching him as I write this, and he’s moving around, but he isn’t full of energy and taking laps and exploring all day like some websites say he would.
I’m also worried about his fins & colors. I throw myself into paranoia thinking he may have fin rot, or a possible infection due to the colors that he didn’t have before. I know some Betta can change in color, but I’m not sure if his is just him changing or if he’s sick.
The last photo is his new tank (he’s sitting on top of his house). I suppose my last question is if this is a good setup I have a 5.5 gallon tank, filter, heater, thermometer, the whole nines.
I guess today is harder to judge, he’s probably stressed from the move. But the behavior I mentioned above is his typical day to day.
I’m completely okay with people telling me what I’m doing wrong, I just want him to be as happy and healthy as possible!!! I love him a lot!!! Any advice / help would be SO greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Oh- I also have a few ghost shrimp living with him just to clean up after him a bit. I’ve had no problems between him and the shrimp, they get along perfectly fine (unless they’ve been fighting when the lights go off and I’m in bed, which I don’t think they have been haha).
Oh, forgot to add what he eats. For a while I switched between Omega One Betta flakes & Omega One Betta bloodworms. I just bought a Zoo Med thing with blood worms, mysis, and daphnia that he has yet to try.