I decided to start a new journal! After all the heartache from the deaths of Magma & all his potential tank mates (only Babo, the female Tiger Nerite Snail survived!), I'm awaiting a new Betta!
I already named him Phantom because his coloring reminds me of the Phantom of the Opera. He even has a white face (mask!). I won the Aquabid auction last night with my one & only bid, which I placed right before it closed.
I emailed the seller/breeder soon after the auction ended, but I still haven't heard from him. I know Saturdays are busy days for Betta sellers/breeders in Thailand, so I'm not worried. Plus there's also the 12-hour difference, with them being ahead. I'm using the same transhipper I used for Magma, since he did a phenomenal job handling & shipping him to me.
Since I'm currently working on a fish-less cycle, I might have to put Phantom in a temporary setup until the cycle is established. I'm thinking of using a 5 gallon bucket for the initial acclimation, which would be easier for my mother to handle since I'll be at work when he arrives. I'll set up a spare filter & heater in it and use clear craft mesh as a cover.
Here's the breeder's picture of Phantom. I'll post pictures when I receive him!