Hello from Virginia!
My husband recently inherited a betta from his work. Of course he turned right around to call me and relieve himself of all care and responsibility that comes with owning a fish. :p Me, having owned a betta before, jumped at the chance. Though it wasn't quite what I expected when he brought him home. He was kept in one of those half gallon tanks you buy at walmart and looked as if the water had never been changed. It was cloudy and the surface of the water had a thin layer of nastyness. Gavin, what I named the poor guy, was at the bottom inside a plastic toy shark someone had set in there. He rarely came out, but when he did I noticed that about half of his caudal fin had been eaten away. Though the ends are a white color and not black which is usually present with fin rot. So I am kind of pairing it to the poor quality environment he was kept in. I was not even sure of the last time he had been fed or what diet he was on since I didn't get any food.
So, I had to run out to get something else set up for him right away. A few days later he is in a 5 gallon tank with a filter and heater, a proper hideaway, and a few live plant bulbs that will hopefully grow soon. (first time trying) For some reason, my local Petsmart didn't seem to have a good variety of Betta food. I wanted something different but ended up with Omega One Betta Buffet Flakes and freeze dried blood worms. I hope to also get some frozen food and maybe live foods in the near future. Anyway, Gavin swims around the tank like normal now, flares up, and comes to greet me at the front of his tank whenever I am near. I love watching him chase my finger tip. He even created his own bubble nest!
I am waiting until Gavin fully recovers, but I want to get some other creature for the tank in the future. Preferably something that feeds off the bottom like cherry red shrimp or ghost shrimp. I am hesitant about snails because they took over my Aunt's tank a while back. lol. Any suggestions?