Grrrrrrrr.... Family members that know nothing about Bettas.....
So, we go to my aunt's house for Christmas dinner this year.
She, like me, has a Betta that she rescued from her daughter's (My cousin's) wedding reception.
But while mine is in a heated 10 gallon filtered fish tank with weekly 50% water changes and he gets treated when he's sick, she's got hers in a TINY bowl (Less than a half gallon. Probably a pint), no heat, clearly very few water changes from all the nasty food on the bottom, and he's obviously overfed by the amount of uneaten food on the bottom. I don't think she even feeds him Betta food! I think it's the same food she feeds her guppies/mollies.
And she has a heated 20 gallon tank in the corner of the living room with about 10 fish it in (Guppies and Mollies). She could divide it and give him a small, heated, filtered portion! It wouldn't be that hard!
He's got an awful case of fin rot, he's TINY, and I felt awful for him.
I really wanted to say something, and I was going to mention it, but my mom knew I would and was like "We know best."
I was going *facepalm* because none of them know ANYTHING about Bettas, and I actually do. But they won't take me seriously because "we're adults so we know best."
I feel sooooo bad for him. He's a red VT like my guy is, but BOY is he small. I think the awful water and lack of proper food distorted his growth.
But, so this entire post is not completely angry, I got home to find that Mister Fishy has found a new game to amuse himself.
He likes to swim up to the current of his filter (It's not that strong except right where it comes out for a few inches, and only on top, there's no water displacement underneath from it, so he can swim around fine), sit there for a moment, and then swim into the current and let it carry him.
And I know it wasn't just a one time thing because he did it three times while I was watching him. I thought it was cute :)