hi everyone, a week ago i went to walmart to see if they still had bettas. and boy, im sure you all know how terrible they were kept. i had to gently shake the containers to even see if there was a fish in there! so i decided to take one in, i picked the most liviliest one and i got a tank that said it was for betta fish. it was under a gallon. i also got Start Right complete water conditioner, and Wardley's Betta Food Pellets 40% protein. i set up the little tank and made sure it was room temp. but letting him in.
i went home and researched everything and realized i needed a bigger tank. so i got a large critter tote, hydor mini for the winter, thermometer, and an ammonia indicator. im worried that he is seeing his relfection in this tank. but i know some of you guys have your betta in this tote so im assuming he is okay.
he is sort of lethargic for the exception of when he totally freaks out whenever i go near the tank. (hes gotten better about that now). he isnt seeming to be eating. and his stomach looks swollen, so i fed him bits of a mushed up pea and i saw him poop. i didnt feed him for the rest of the day or the next. now im giving pellets again and i dont think hes eating it. his stomach still looks swollen and his back viewed from above has a slight S shape to it.
his fins also look terrible. not beautiful like the pictures of your betta fishes. they almost look like they were broken off at the tips and some of the tips of his spikes (i guess hes a crown tail?) look like they have a whitish tip to them.
is he sick? will his fins grow back? is there anything i need to be doing? his water is okay and is between 75 and 80 degrees.
also, whenever i do a tank change i always get little bubbles on the inside of the tank and on the ornament. is this okay?
he looks skinny and his fins look so bad!:
are those patches normal?:
the S shape
this is waht i have him in, is there anything else i need? i have a heater, but it is still warm in the house: