Panda Comes Home
So I ended up discovering the betta world when I felt I needed a small companion for the new studio apartment I just moved into. The place definitely needed some life since I live alone. There was a no pet policy that came with the lease, however, the tenant did allow me to have fish when I asked. So long story short, got my first betta fish "Smokey". He's was a typical blue moon double tail betta I found at PetSmart. He had a few tears in his fins but I knew he would perk right up if I took good care of him. So I got him the bettabow 2.5 gallon, which comes with a light and a filter. Also got a submersible heater, and in no time he was making bubble nests and that's when I just fell in love with the world of betta fish. To learn more about betta fish I started doing some research online, and of course, stumbled unto this forum. (And I am so glad I did!) A month later I upgraded Smokey to a 5 gallon Fluval Spec tank (in which he's still adjusting to).
Panda was not a planned purchase (even though I do believe that deep in my heart I did want to get another betta). I walked into a local Petco today in my hometown while visiting my parents. I was just curious to see what things they had to offer, and of course, to look at the pretty bettas...but buy another one? Oh no, of course not, haha. I was doing so well, looking at all the bettas, most were relatively healthy, at least, a lot healthier than the ones at the Petsmart in the town I currently live at. And then there he was (or she, I'm not even sure right now). Panda, the doubletail plakat, was looking straight at me. What really struck me was his face. It was so cute, and small. I took his cup down to take a better look at him. He has some black around his face, that kind of reminded me of a Panda. Even if his markings might change (which I feel they might), the name resembled his cuteness perfectly. Haha.
The poor baby's left fin is all torn up though. And I noticed he looked sick, even though he was very active and dancing for me in his cup. He has bright reddish scales on the top of his head (like a cut or rash), and I'm scared he has finrot and that it has spread to his body. At that moment I knew I had to take him home. I couldn't say no at this point. I have to take care of him. How could they let him get to this point? Infuriated, I got some black sand, an ornament and a live aquatic plant and immediately made a plan to use Smokey's old 2.5 gallon tank as Panda's new home.
At this very moment I am warming up some water in a bucket for Panda. I have already put conditioner in and let it sit for a few hours. I heard 24 hours is best, so should I wait the full way through? For Smokey, I accidentally put him in too soon when I first got him. He turned out fine, but I don't want to risk it with Panda if he is sick. This poor baby is still in his cup. Like I said, it wasn't a planned purchase but I couldn't just leave him there at the store.
Also, may I ask for everyone who reads this journal to please help me figure out what diseases Panda has, and how I can help him. I'm new to the betta world so I don't know how exactly all the diseases look in person, and I need all the help I can get so I can get him healthy and strong.
Lastly...is Panda a boy or a girl?? I feel like they mislabeled him (or her) as a male.