Hello there! I'm Lindsay, and I'm from Wisconsin.
I've always looked at Bettas in the stores, and I've always wanted to take the plunge, but for some reason I never did. Until yesterday, that is.
I went to Walmart (or zombie land as I like to call it) for some fabric, and walked out with the fabric I needed and a lonely, sad, stressed out male Betta. I believe he's a veil tail. His water was very murky and he had like 2 inches of it to hang out in, not good. I consider it a rescue. :)
So I came home, and I definitely did not have anything set up. I bought food, stones, and some bottled water. I put the dude in a large vase I had handy temporarily. He LOVED having the space to roam! He's very social.
Anyways, here is a picture of him. My boyfriend named him Alfred Fishcock... umm..... that's not staying. I'm calling him Al for now. I may change it to Earl.
I think he's just delightful to look at! He's considered a veil tail, right? What do you all think of him? Does he look normal? I looked at the color charts, and I can't figure out what exactly to classify him as.... thoughts? His face is really dark in the pic, and the white things are bubbles on the wall of the tank.
I ended up going to the store today to pick up a larger temporary tank until I can get my 15gal from my parents' house. He's currently in a 1.5 gallon round plastic tank thingy from petsmart.
So.... a few questions.
1. Like I said before.. does he look okay? I think he's a doll.
2. He's got this small white dot on one of hi fins, you can't see it because of the air bubbles in the tank. I was reading in here that some salt in the tank will help cure what people described as a small grain of sugar/salt sized white thing on the fins.... am I right? I don't think I'd need much, but I'll do it for sure. I've got sea salt. If that is the case, can I just put it right in the tank with him in there, or should I dilute the salt in part of his tank water before adding it in with him?
3. Tank heat. I don't have an official heater or a filter right now, but his tank does have a light in the lid of it. His water temperature is now up to a better range from when he was in the vase since it has been on. With other fish I'd leave the light on during the day and turn it off at night, would this cause too much of a cooling/heating variance? Should I just leave it on all the time? Ugh I can't wait to get my real equipment.
I appreciate the help! I love reading all of your posts... the breeding forum is so interesting to me!