Hi everyone. (long post)
For 3 years I've kept a 300 litre tank that's doing well.
6 months ago I set up an old 32 litre nano tank for the purpose keeping shrimp.
I did a fish less cycle for 5 weeks and bought the shrimp online. 3 weeks in and it was going perfect, apart from a copepod and worm investastion. I learned that this is normal in shrimp only tank's and I identified them as harmless.
Anyway. 3 weeks with the shrimp thriving and breeding, loads of babies and going great. The filter cut out and stopped working.
So I rushed to the nearest shop and bought a new filter. Keeping some of the media from the old. I couldn't keep much though as the new filter had compartments etc.
So Needless to say I fought but it was in vein. A new small cycle caused all shrimp to die.
I continued to cycle the aquarium for a few more weeks.
Once I was happy with the readings, I went to the shop and found a really cool elephant eared betta.
I've actually been partially feeding him the shrimp sticks I bought. Seems to like them.
He also loves tubiflex. He also eradicated the main copepod colony.
Anyway. I feed him once a day at 7. 30, whilst the Mrs watches emmerdale. Virtually hand feeding him and I make him chase the shrimp sticks. Probably a bit less than I should. He seems healthy and his colours have came out alot especially on his tail which were pure white in store but are now red with a tiny white tip
Anyway. He's in the bedroom. So we watch him in the morning. Check on him in the afternoon, feed him at 7.30. Turn the light off and then watch him when we go to bed.
Heres the thing.
He's fine all day but when it's feeding time. He gets extremely excited. I see him dive bombing to the bottom. Sometimes whacking himself on the substrate. He gets in such a tizz, I have to wait a minute before feeding him so he spots the sticks.
I have read up what I can but I've noticed that all the dive bombing betta posts involve a black substrate!
Is this the reason or do I need to be worried.
Any advice would be appreciated