Hey everybody! I do believe I need some advice here (or atleast a place to rant). So here's what's up.
I work at a small animal vet clinic (almost exclusively dogs and cats, with the occasional ferret or so) as a go-fer, kennel worker, lab prep, and other odd jobs person. The vet techs have a betta back in the treatment area, where few clients ever go. Problem is, he's living in one of those little plastic 1gal bowfront tanks - with no heater or filter and he gets betta food as his only diet. So far it's only been one tech that cleans his tank, and that's been when she gets the chance or if she feels like it. I've kinda been trying to take care of him to the best of my abilities since I officially started a couple weeks ago, but it's tough with a tank like that.
I'm trying to get the practice owner (who also happens to be my mom) to let me upgrade to a 5gal, but so far it's been a no-go. So currently it's the game of drop hints at convenient times and hope like hell that eventually she ok's it.
The tech that typically takes care of him apparently found a 1.5gal at the local Goodwill, which I guess is a step up. I have a planted 10gal at home that the plants are starting to grow like mad in and I'd like to add some real plants to the new 1.5gal to attempt to help the water quality - this meens convincing the tech to let me use some leftover gravel from my 10gal instead of the nasty-looking marbles we currently have. The 1.5 supposedly has a filter, too, but I haven't seen the tank so I'm not sure. I'll let y'all know what kind it is when I see it.
I know the new tank doesn't have a top - and likely isn't a shape that tops usually come in. Anything I can put on it to keep the betta in (and any foreign objects out)?.
And last of all, please refrain from bashing the clinic as a whole - it is a great practice and we're one of the most progressive clinics in the area. What's happening here with the betta is a case of ignorance, and it's something I'm doing my best to fix. Some of the other clinic workers are about as irked with this tank as I am, and hopefully there'll be a solution in the near future.