As I said before, around the time I got Fabio for my work tank I also got a new dt boy for home. I let my nephew pick out and name this guy. Since he was a reddish purple like a rasberry my nephew decided Razz would be the best name. And it stuck.
Now the decision to get Razz was hard. My mom lives with me (more like room mates as we split the bills but anywho...) and we had both gotten very attached to Blu-Bo. More so my mom because the tank is in her office where she works from home. It took a while for her to warm up to Razz but he now has her wrapped around his double fins
Razz seemed to flourish over night. His fins grew almost instantly and he bulked up like crazy. For weeks he did wonderfully. Until I decided I wanted to upgrade him to a bigger tank.
I had read where cycling tanks of 5g and under was not necessary and sometimes not stable. So I bought a 5g hex tank and set it up. Te intake in the filter had very wide slots so got a nylon sock and used that to cover the intake. Them acclimated Razz to the tank. At first things seemed to go well. Razz was flaring and exploring. But then his in the back of his tank. I just thought it was him adjusting to new surroundings and didn't think anything of it.
When, 24 hours later, Razz was looking pale and was gasping at the bottom of the tank I used the test strips I had available and checked the water. Everything was off the charts! I freaked out because the way Razz was laying reminded me of when I lost Blu-Bo. I quickly cupped him and had him floating in his old tank to make it easier for him to get air. He was also a bit bloated so I did an Epsom salt treatment. With the help of several members of the forum (including lilnaugrim and MattsBettas) I finally got Razz back to his usual self. It took several days before I thought he was out of the woods and a couple weeks for him to act his usual, active self again.
Unfortunately, the bad water conditions also had a negative effect on his fins. Within 48 hrs of moving him out of the 5g, most of his fins had disintegrated. I felt absolutely horrible. After resetting up his tank I decided that if he was happy and healthy in his 1.5g I wasn't goin to mess with him any more. Plus, my mom was threatening my life at this point if I lost another Betta that she had gotten attached to
All of this occurred in the middle of October. Razz is now growing back out his fins but try will never be quite as beautiful as the were at first.
In the pic below, the top photo is Razz several weeks after I got him. The bottom pic was a couple weeks ago with his fins showing some growth.