Hi hello I'll be keeping this for documentary and update reasons.
A lil introduction, I guess?
I've been keeping fish for more than 3 years now. My mom has been keeping fish for 25+ years as well. She and I take care of our goldfish. I started off with goldfish and the fish I got 3 years ago are still alive now. I have a pond and 20g for them.
As for bettas, I kept one for 2 years as a child (not that long, I know) but only 8 months ago did I come back to keeping bettas. I wanted to really take care of one this time, so I warmed up by moving from goldfish to tetras to guppies and now bettas. I test myself to take care of fish that are of higher maintenance before jumping right into something. Now that I have a male betta for 8 months in a 5g that I cured of fin rot and SBD, I feel confident that I can take care of bettas.
My dad found an old 10g in our storage that my sister bought but we forgot all about. In my room I currently have a 20g for goldfish, a 10g for tetras, and a cycling empty 10g reserved for the girls.
I currently have the girls QT in much bigger cups. They look really nice, I hope I don't lose any of them. I'm treating them a bit with stress coat and later ick medication. I couldn't see when I bought them because of low lighting in my LFS, but one of the girls already has pretty bad stress stripes, so I'm giving her special attention.
I am a little concerned about them being mislabeled plakats or round tails because I saw many labels that said "Koi HMPK betta" but it was actually a white crowntail? It's a bit hard to see if they have a white spot in the opaque cups I put them in. After typing that I did check them and they are are thankfully females
I'll be QTing them for about 2 weeks or a maybe little less. After that I'm free from school and I can watch them closely wow perfect timing I will release them all and see how things turn out and hope for the best.
I just bought the 5 new girls today. I'm a bit reluctant to name them because I'm expecting some deaths and I don't want to get too attached already.
I've been typing this for a while so now I actually just treated them with ick medicine. I fed them 3 live bloodworms each and they're very active and healthy. By their behavior, I feel like I can already tell who the alpha will be. My male betta isn't even as aggressive as her, wow. She's a real fighter. Man, they're so nice and pretty. I hope none of them die, I really like them. -god what did I just say about not wanting to get attached-
That's all I gotta say for now, I guess? Any tips and stuff to look out for are welcome. TTFN