Update on Elvis the Betta -
After his initial happy reaction to having so much room to swim in Elvis hid for 2 days, mostly on the suction cups to the heater or deep inside one of the silk plants.
Yesterday he came out and swam around at feeding time, he followed some food towards the back of the tank, just under the return from the whisper filter. While he was there I dropped a betta pellet into the corner, out of the current - YIPPIE he found it and ate it. I was worried I was going to have to acclimate him to the food but it ate it right up. Then he ate two more.
Today he's merrily swimming all over the place and really seems to enjoy hanging out within the silk leaf plant that I draped over the crossbar to make a hanging hideout. When I went up to the tank he came out - he knows when feeding time is already !. After putting in some micropellets for the platies and panda cories I dropped a pellet right in front of Elvis and he swam after it and ate it up. Then he got a second and a third.
The community tank is really working out with him. He chases the platies when they get too close (just a short lunge - no flaring) and the panda cories scooting around the tank don't seem to bother him.
I really ADORE the panda cories. They're a hoot - especially when they play 'follow the leader' with each other. They're all over the tank, not just sticking to the bottom. Sometimes I'd even think they're actually smiling - they sure do seem to be having fun exploring all the caves in the tank.
and the tank parameters are perfect - no spikes of anything and the water is crystal clear. Today will be the first PWC