Sorry if this is long, I just like to get all the details in...
Hello all, two weeks ago I purchased three bettas from Petsmart. But why, you ask, you're a new owner.
Well. I've had betta fish in the past. Before I go on, I'd like to mention that my betta fish did live for a few years before passing. But I was never really a serious owner, I was a child.
These three fish just stood out to me for some reason. I had at least three fishbowls at home from previous bettas/goldfish. They just needed cleaning. I cleaned one up, along with the stones and plants very well at home and returned to the store. I saw a divided tank at Petsmart:
Because it was cheap, and I didn't want to have fish sitting around in cups at home, I bought it, and the three fish that really made an impression on me. Prior to seeing them, I really hadn't thought about owning fish in a long time.
So I brought them home. A male Vail (I think?) betta named Urara, A male Halfmoon betta named Haru, and a female Crown Tail betta named Koko. I brought them home and I released them into their new homes, making sure to use the water from the cups so the new water wasn't such a shock. I made sure to condition the water beforehand though!
So it turned out all of my previous fish supplies, minus the bowls and such were tossed, so knowing my betta's like warmer water, I put them in my windowless bathroom with the lights on during the day and off during the night, and kept the door shut so the warm air would keep the room nice and warm. It worked, but then my Spring Break ended and I had to return to college.
I never really thought fish would impact me much, but I found myself worrying about if they were warm enough. The small split tank was near my computer, which kept the water warm (but probably not warm enough), but the bowl is still kind of cold.
So this is were my issues come into play.
I would like to buy a heater for the 1g bowl. I was thinking of getting this:
But I want some input. Has anyone used it and is it any good? Other suggestions are welcome too of course! I would like my fish to be warm. I keep reading mixed results on the size of tanks/bowls/aquariums on the board, but I live in a college owned apartment, and they have a limit to the size tank you can get. Urara seems pretty happy in the bowl. He absolutely loves the leaf hammock! He's a pretty mellow betta fish, from what I've been observing (in both the warm bathroom and my cool apartment). Haru and Koko shared the split tank. Haru spent a lot of his time swimming against the divider wall and flaring at Koko, which I know is stressful to bettas. Two mornings when i went to feed my bettas I found Haru laying on his side in the plastic plants of his tank and I thought he was dead. As soon as I removed the lid he'd dart off, then continue flaring at Koko who just stared back. I decided to switch Urara and Haru since one is more relaxed and one is more high strung. Urara flared only a few times at Koko and went onto being his chill fishy way. Tensions are lower in there now. Haru is now in the 1g fish bowl. He still seems pretty high strung and still swims against the glass of the bowl very energetically. I just want him to relax!
So question two.
I'm looking for one new bowl. I still have to clean our a 2g bowl at home that I'm planning to put Haru in for more space. I have a 1/2g bowl from an old beta that looks like this:
But it's pretty much the same size as the divider tank and I don't want Koko to be stuck in that cramped divided tank for long either! I noticed on my own that it just wasn't big enough for them. It might be good for when I do water changes though. Since I have a limited income and a limited size for my bowls, I've been looking at 1g and 2g tanks. I'm going back to Petsmart this weekend to buy all three of them heaters and thermometers. I've been looking at these tanks, and I would also like some feedback/info on them as well. I want to know if they're any good!
Also, while talking to my friend, she sent me this to consider:
But should I invest in that and possibly stress out Urara and Koko? I couldn't possibly put Haru with the others...
Additionally, I was looking at this:
Which I could buy TONIGHT at the Walmart down the road. I'm not very certain on their quality of items, so I don't know if I should invest in that or any of the heaters they sell. Basically, I'm not a fan of the place, so I don't know what I should buy.
Has anyone bought this?
And how do your bettas like it? I was thinking of getting one but it seemed kinda pricey for me at the time (I only had so much to spend that day).
Since Haru keeps swimming into the side of his bowl and seems very energetic or high strung, is there a reason for that? He's stationed pretty far from the other two bettas, and yeah, I understand his water isn't heated. Is that why he could be swimming against the bowl like he's trying to get out?
Additional info on how I care for them??
- I feed all three of them three pellets of Aqueon Betta Food twice a day (It was the only non-flake stuff I could find and my past bettas always had trouble eating flakes).
- None of them have filters, but I've done a 50% and a 100% water change each week (since March 19th when I bought them).
- I try to keep my room warm when I can. I'm not supposed to have a space heater, but my roommates like the apartment cool, and I like it warm (I guess, much like my bettas!). I keep the space heater on when I'm awake and in the room (Don't want to start any fires or anything while I'm asleep or out!)
- I go back home this weekend, and I still have their cups from Petsmart that I was planning on moving them with. I usually go home every weekend, but moving my fish that often would be too stressful wouldn't it? I may come up with a system with my roommates to feed them over weekends, find an alternative method of feeding, or just... not go home as often/long.
- Not really a care factoid, but since I have gotten them, no color has faded on them, no clouding of the eyes, no nothing. They look pretty healthy. Haru seems brighter than when I first got him, so am I doing it right? Haha.
ANYWAY. If you have good, small tank suggestions, heater suggestions for smaller tanks/bowls, or other advice, I'd really appreciate it. Thank you for reading my essay of a post. As I said, I like to give all details because I want as much help as possible/advice. I had learned some things from watching my own bettas in the past, but I have been reading up on how to properly care for them.
I'll attach photos on my fish and their habitats. (I took a picture of them in the sunlight only to showcase their color... or try to. I don't keep them in direct sunlight. There are two pictures of Haru in different lighting. He looks like a different fish depending on it!)