I also have a question, at the end.
As planned, the kids and I went to Petsmart today. My mom and aunt decided to tag along because we're all country folk who rarely ever get to the big city.
First of all, their bettas were in excellent condition. After reading so many horror stories on here about sick/dying/dead bettas in the big chains I was worried, but they were great! I checked every one that was on display. Meant to take a picture of their display - it was a staggered rack with cups - but I had three kids and my mother and aunt keeping me from doing so. All the bettas were active, no signs of fin rot, torn fins, lethargy, anything. The water was clear, and every time I picked up a cup I was rewarded with flares and wriggling. Kudos to all the informative people on here who have taught me what to look for!! I got more than a few curious looks by other customers because I had all the cups down and lined up on a shelf checking all the boys out, haha. And I made a point of complimenting the young man in the department on how clean everything was. Even the large tanks of "feeder fish" were immaculate.
Side note - my son, who originally wanted a betta, instead got a small fantail goldfish. My oldest daughter, who also wanted a betta, couldn't find one that spoke to her, so we're going to go back next week and see if they have one for her. The baby got distracted by an extremely loving dog and didn't ask for anything. (If any of you have a 2 year old you know what a blessing that can be!)
Now, onto my boys. The first was marked as a HM and I'm pretty sure he is. As soon as I saw him I fell in love. He's white, with a tinge of irridescent blue on the tips of his fins. In the store he kept an eye on me whenever I moved and even followed my finger along the cup. He's currently floating in his 5 gallon tank getting acclimated.
The second boy was a pink-ish VT that gave such a brilliant flare I was impressed. I kept going back to him, hemming and hawing, and finally grabbed him up. My oldest daughter held his cup on the way home and kept oohing over his colors so I have a feeling he'll be hers before the weekend is over. But he's so pretty! He's going to be staying in his cup overnight - I've already given him new water and will be moved into a 1 gallon first thing in the morning until I can get a larger tank for him or make a divider for the 5 gallon I have already set up.
I'm overflowing with excitement and love for them right now as you can tell. I will be sure and take pictures tomorrow when the light's better and they're settled.
My question: I'm planning on leaving the second boy (in his cup) beside the 5 gallon. Will the be okay? Or would my second idea - just letting his cup float in the 5 gallon - be better? I don't want to stress either of them out. However the room will be totally dark and I'll be transferring the one in the cup first thing in the morning, and there are a bunch of (silk) plants in the 5 gallon. ...Thoughts??
Oh my word, I wrote a novel.
A dozen virtual cookies to those who read all of this!!