I was wondering if anyone here could point me to "survival tips" to keep Bettas going, such as what has/is happening as a result of Hurricane Sandy. I lost power, heat, and means to get my fish out, and I want to make sure if, heaven forbid another crisis like this happens, that I can get them out of here, or if we have to stay, how to keep them warm & healthy without a power generator.
When people are evacuating, filling trains and buses, what is the safest, most stable way to transport a betta? Is there such a thing as a "betta carrier" to keep them from sloshing about?
I will share what I did, in case it helps anyone. Not elegant, but they made it!
First off, the tank is kept clean in and good order normally - all the water conditions were good at the start. I have a divided tank and each section has filtration. I have a heater to keep them warm & at a stable temp.
When the power died and there was no hot water, I tried to just keep the warm water in the tank as warm as possible, making sure there was no drafts in the room as best as I could. I had battery operated lanterns, but since I had gas on my stovetop & water, I boiled water and lit candles to try and warm the place.
I fed them very lightly so as not to foul the water.
Eventually though, the tank began to lose its heat, so I changed out about 10% of the water daily, took some tank water and mixed it with warmed water I had heated from the stove. I had to test it by touch, becuase my thermometer broke in the dim light and there was no store to get a replacement at! Before putting the water in, I added a tap water conditioner which contained ingredients to support stressed fish.
When the outside temps dropped to the 40s at night, I really started to worry. This might sound crazy, but I took reusable hand warmer packs (wonder warmers) and taped them to the outside of the tank. I even put my hands on the tank to share my body heat. The best I could do was keep their tank about 20-25 degrees warmer than it was outside. But, I guess becuase of the gradual decline, they made it!
By the last day, they were losing a bit of pep, but when the tank light & heater came back on, they were flapping their fins and practically dancing.
Anyway, if someone has a fish survival tip sheet (or a kit!) - do let me know! I want to be prepared.