Well, I've moved Dr. Seuss over to the new tank, though I'm still trying to find all the plants I want/need. But even though I've put a sponge under the output, he is not looking too happy in there.
But I think it might be that he's a very weak swimmer... Gotta be honest- I bought him with a lot of incorrect information in mind and got him a 1/2 gallon, no filter tank. He's been living in that up to this morning.
When I was very young, 9 or so, I was in love with bettas. I did all the research I could get my little hands on and followed all the advice from the "experts". These so-called experts told me it was OK to have my fish in a champagne glass, if I so wanted.
Soooo... I have a really good memory for facts and was confident that I remembered how to take care of a betta well enough to go ahead and get one. But I also care about my animals enough to want to double-check myself. So I got home and did some more research- and discovered all the books I'd ever checked out or bought were WRONG (and I had quite the little collection of betta books!!). Then before I could dash out and buy a new tank I found we may be living in an RV and didn't know what to get, then capital suddenly had to be spent on "important" things, etc.
So Dr. Seuss has been living in a little 1/2 gallon tank for about two months while I tried to find a tank and save up the money to get it. He was very happy, except for being a bit bored. Loved his plant, loved playing with our fingers, went insane over food, enjoyed being carried around the house when I went to change his water and was brightly colored and bubblenest building happily.
And now... The sponge helped, but he's still looking very
stressed and dull. I put him in this morning with the water from his tank. The temp is fine, the water is freshly treated and clean, the sponges are in place to baffle the output... Is there anything else I can do? I've heard on the forums here that putting a sponge near the input is good for cycling in a small tank, would that also slow the pull of the water in this tank? Or should weak little Dr. Seuss get some muscle and be OK with the gentle flow in a few days?
I feel bad. The poor baby's fins are torn a bit now! They've never
torn before. Been a bit curled (from cramped living conditions, I'm sure) but never torn. Poor Dr. Seuss.