Let me start out by saying I joined this site with my first betta fish, a solid white plakat. He didn't have any shine to him, he was like a tiny packaging peanut swimming around. He was so cute, and after he died during a year of me having him, I decided to get more betta's and *rescue* them..
I ended up with 3, a ten gallon with 2 and my original 5 gallon tank.
I had to give away my 10 gallon to a woman who owned a pet store a while ago. I posted on this forum to find a REAL home for them, and I waited until someone could care for the up keep of their tank better than I could, classes at school became more demanding, I was broke so I had to work more, and I realized the only time I was home was when I was sleeping
The woman I gave them too is an older woman, and she stops into my work every so often. She let me know that the crowntail's tail grew back (FINALLY UGH #$#$%^) and the other plakat was happier than ever.
I kept my 5 gallon because this fish was on his death bed, sadly he had a tumor like growth on his head, and I tried everything to get rid of it. I even went to a strictly salt water / exotic fresh water specialist store WITH him...
He lived for another 4 months with his growth
Last night I had a dream he died, in the morning I went to check on him and he was sitting on his hammock as usual, so I got ready for work
Later that night he wasn't chasing his reflection or swimming around, he was still on his hammock.. I tapped the front of the tank (which I usual do when its time for him to catch his pellets) and he didnt move..
I shook the tank to the point water came out and he fell off his hammock.. this whole time he died and stayed perfectly in position to this favorite spot without deteriorating or decaying or floating, I was so sad but I was happy he died in his favorite spot.. at the same time he was old and ill.. my boyfriend actually cried too
I made him dig a hole outside and buried him because I never flushed my fish that past
I remember driving to every pet store in the area just for cute silk plants, and pretty gravel, I dumped so much money on silly things for my fish
I feel like I have some more time now since I graduate college (tomorrow actually, is my ceremony)
That I could afford to house another betta
But at the same time, I could always donate my tank to a friend who would truely take care of a fish.. I took care of mine, but to be honest, my 10 gallon was put aside a few times, but those fish are happy and alive still =/
His tank is still on my computer desk, just the light is off and the filter is off, otherwise its still set up, just empty.
I just remember talking to alot of cool people on here, and looking at pictures of tanks and thinking Ptf! My tank is sooo much prettier, aquascaping skills!
or wow my petco fish are way prettier than those dinky aquabid fish!
Sigh, when your last fish dies it makes you rethink if you want to keep another tank around...