Hi from the Ark
I just joined today and thought I'd introduce myself. Like many of you, I'm sure, I got my first betta because I couldn't stand to see him in a tiny cup on a dark shelf. His name is Wally and he's been with me for a little longer than a year. He's red and has grown significantly since I brought him home. A few months ago, I got a second betta, this one is blue, and his name is Marty. (I got both of them at Walmart, LOL). I went to Petsmart for some treats for the boys and they had female bettas on sale, so ... now I also have Ellie, short for Cinderella. When I was buying decorations for her new home, I set her tiny container on the shelf by the decorations and consulted her about which ones she liked, and she was definitely in favor of the tiny replica of Cinderella's castle. She is fascinated by that castle and spends a good portion of her day just staring at it. She's kind of a pale, pale pink on her body with darker fins and face.
They each have their own bowl and sit in a row on the kitchen counter, far enough apart so they won't feel crowded. Wally was an only for so long that when I brought Marty home, he was quite fascinated and stared at him for several minutes, but then he wandered off and they don't seem to even notice each other now. Marty stared at Ellie's bowl for a few minutes the first day and did the same thing, kind of shrugged and went on about his business. Ellie ignores them entirely. All three come over to be sociable when I stop to talk to them.
I feed them pellet betta food, change water regularly, and each has a hidey. I call all of the hideys "castles," but only Ellie really has a castle. Marty has a Sponge Bob pineapple that he was very suspicious of at first, but now spends a lot of time in it, and Wally's is a multicolored thing that sort of looks like a misshapen rock with lots of openings in it.
I offered them bloodworms for a treat because I read that bettas love those, but they did not, so I offered them to my starling and she LOVES them. At least they weren't wasted. The fishies just want their pellets and they want them on a regular schedule and that's ALL they want.