I've been reading your forums for the last 3 days. When I was a kid I remember the year they started selling "siamese fighting fish". I was about 11 years old when I got one on a whim while mall crawling with a friend.
Back then they told you to throw the poor thing in a glass and feed it fish flakes of any kind while changing the water once a week or two.
They still give that kind of advice at major pet stores, to an extent except they've "improved" the advice with a .6 gallon tank with an LED light and once a week water changes with plastic plants and cruddy gravel. Oh and betta fish food with a conditioner for the water. Guess that is an improvement from over two decades ago... not really.
Treasure was suppose to be a birthday gift for my 8 year old autistic girl. I got Treasure knowing full well *I* would be responsible for his well being and care (with daughter "helping" here and there).
Started out with the bad advice above, finished with a 200+ dollar mistake corrected. As in, I went all out and spent 200+ (I don't care about price, I care about Treasure, I'd do it again without batting an eyelash) to take Treasure out of the unheated, unfiltered .6 gallon mistake and put him in a heated, filtered and live planted 10 gal tank with a couple of snail buddies (trumpet and ramshorn).
Not only did his lethargy pass but his color improved and he became active and happy and bonded (every time I pass the tank he gets excited and does what I call his happy fishy dance).
I even read the fish photography tips thread and was complimented on my fishy photography skills *lol*
I thought I'd say thank you for schooling a newbie on betta fish and helping Treasure to have a happy and healthy life. He was from PetSmart (sister company of Petco? I'm in Ontario, Canada) by the way.
Here are a few pictures of Treasure: