The following will be a serialized documentation of my first time experience as a pet owner of a one betta splenden. I'll be doing this as a blog of sorts to recieve feedback from the community to correct future mistakes before they happen. Bear in mind that this will be written retrospectively for the time being until further notice so I'm going to tell it how it is. I will go above and beyond to have the mistakes corrected by the time you are reading this but dont hesistate to call foul on anything that I do that is wrong. We did the research, but that is nothing compared to hands on experience that I intend to draw upon from this forum community. For those not interested in reading long posts but would still like to help out a budding aquarist, please scroll down to the bottom of each of my entry as they will usually have a question that I have not yet found an answer to. And so, without further ado, I give you...Aquarium Adventures!
We were at my brother's house during father's day and my girlfriend sees a fishbowl belonging to my niece that housed a fighting fish. During the event I was the designated family photographer, my first hobby, so I didn't hear much of what they talked about. In the end though, she mentioned to me how amazed she was of the fighting fish's resiliency despite poor conditions; that fighting fish are a hardy bunch that are both beautiful and
easy to take care of. After that, for the following weeks to come she kept talking about it and how she is interested in keeping one. Bit by bit her eagerness grew, with me blissfully ignorant of how serious she was about it...
until one day she says she is going to the pet store to look at some aquariums. "Look" she says, but she came home with a 2.5 gallon aquarium, 1 floral decoration (plastic), a dechlorinator, a bottle of pellets, and a filter. Right around this time we had a talk about how far she was willing to go with this. I told her that I will be onboard as long as she does the research and maintenance. I will be the observer.
So we set up the tank encountering our first issue; where to set it up. She lives in a condo where the windows are located at the front end and the back end. Ligthbulbs in between. She wants it in between, where there is a large
antique table in the hallway. Her mom agrees with this location too. I on the other hand say that the back end, where the kitchen and dining area share a countertop will be ideal. Natural light during the day, and in plain sight
where we can view the fish on a regular basis. Without knowing too much about fishes, I knew that having it so close to the kitchen cupboards and sink will most likely cause a certain amount of stress on the fish from cupboards
closing abruptly and dishes clanging. On the other hand, the dark hallway may be calmer to a certain extent, but the fish would probably be lonely as I will not be able to share his company as the chairs in that region are not meant to be put in the hallway and if I did, it would be blocking the way. Also, before bringing home the aquarium, they believed that a 2.5 gallon tank would not fit on the countertop so this was the best place to put it. Their house, their rules right?
Where did we end up placing the aquarium? What did we name our fish? And can a siamese fish do the "puppy eyes" look? Stay tuned to find out.
As I mentioned, for your entertainment, this will be written retrospectively so feel free to speculate, critique, and feedback is still welcome because even if all this has already happened, I still value everybody's input and suggestions will be taken and applied in the present. For objectivity's sake, I will limit my involvement in this post as much as I can until I have enough time to catch up to the present, though I will be checking in from time to time. This format shall continue for as long as the contents of these journals remain PG-13. At the first sign of trouble, I will bring everybody up to speed.
No beta splendens were harmed during the writing of these journals. And we'd like to keep it that way
Question of the day: How much do I feed the fish? Sounds easy but I'm getting conflicting information. From what I gather it's in the ballpark of how much the fish can eat between 1 to 5 minutes. I'm with the people who agree that those recommending a 5 minute feeding time are the companies looking for their best interest. My best guess is 1 minute. But then there are others who say that the fish's stomach is equal to the size of his eye. If that's the case then they can fill that up in under 10 seconds! I'm gonna go on a limb here and say that, like humans, their eyeball-sized stomachs can, at the very least, double in size which supports the 1-5 minute feeding regimen.