Good Afternoon Betta Forum :)
I am very new to fish keeping. Two days ago I got a Betta fish. It was sort of a random purchase because I had always wanted a fish and one of my cats is 15 years old and can't move around much anymore and needs abit of enrichment. The Petsmart lady told me I could keep them in one of those small Betta keepers. I thought I was being nice and bought my Beta a 1 gallon tank.
However, after I brought him home I did some research and saw that it was not enough space for my new Betta. I figured within a week or two I would peruse craigslist and find a tank someone just wants to get rid of... somewhere in the 10-30 gallon range. Something to fit on my desk, etc.
Well the thing is I just don't have a sweet 15 yr old cat. I also have a 15lbs Norweigan Forest Cat (Google it) male who is tons of fun and lots of trouble. He was interested in the 1 Gallon tank and in the middle of the night he knocked it over and almost got my Fish!
So the Beta fish went back into his cup and when the morning rolled around I went to Petco and spent way to much money on a 10 gallon tank with a filter and heater. I have a few hiding spots and a couple of artifical plants but plan on adding a few live plants.
NOW here is where the black mollys come into play. I went to a fish store because 1 fish in a 10 gallon tank doesn't look too impressive on my desk. I saw tetras and these black mollys that had a Betta in the tank with them, and the fish store Betta looked just fine. I ended up buying 4 Black Mollys and they seem pretty engrossed with themselves to be bothered with the Betta.
The Betta has been hiding most of the time because the cats have been watching him, but as a few hours past I think he feels alittle safer because he is out and about and puffing at himself with gils open at the glass.
Are there any warning signs I should look for with the black mollys and the betta? I heard they were fin nippers but they didn't show it at the fish store or for the few hours I have had them at home.