Last but not least we come to my newest boy Nero.
After I lost Fabio I wasn't sure I was going to get another betta. I was heartbroken by his loss and not knowing what caused it.
But I am a sucker for little betta faces. So when I went in to PetsMart on Black Friday (and I had to stand in line - never thought that would happen at a pet store, even on Black Friday lol) I went to search the Betta Section. When I got there I was disheartened. There were only two boys that didn't have some sort of fuzzy disease (not sure if it was a fungal infection or possibly columnaris as I am sooo far from an expert it isn't even funny). I couldn't take one home that day as I still had shopping to do. So when I came back that Sunday, one of the little HM boys was still there. He was more lethargic than before and had a touch of fin rot but I decided to take him home anyway.
Now I won't lie, I wasn't overly enthusiastic about this guy. He was so pale as to be almost see through and he didn't really speak to me. But since I had made up my mind to "replace" Fabio I really wanted to bring home a new boy. Plus he was on sale so - yup he made the 30min trek home
When I got him home my mom was also unimpressed by his appearance and just gave me "the look" - you know the one, that says I need Betta Annonymous meetings. Anywho, I floated his cup in the 5g and was amazed. In less than 15 mins his colors had already started to darken. After acclimation and 5 hours in his new home you wouldn't even recognize him! Turns out he is a gorgeous little dragonscale chameleon who is so iridescent that he always seems to be changing colors depending on how the light hit him.
I quickly became attached to my new guy. I was always taking pics of him. I was amazed how he seemed to keep getting darker!
About a week and a half in I started to notice these white dots in him. I immediately look at Betta diseases and posted in the forum. Sure enough, my little guy had an ich infection. It wasn't very bad but when I looked back through my pics I noticed he had some dots from the beginning I was just still too much of a newbie to notice them.
I immediately did a water change and slowly raised his temp to 88F. I also added 1tsp of AQ salt per gallon. The recommended amount was 3 but I have a live plant in there and don't want to kill it. Within 3 days the dots were gone. We had a minor flare up but he was clear within two weeks.
Nero, so named after Nero Wolfe a mystery detective - for his mystery of colors lol, has been my healthiest and fiestiest fish ever since. And, don't tell my other boys, but he is also now my favorite. Kind of a Cinderella story lol
Below is a progression in the changes of Nero. Top is store cup, next is 5 hours later, next is 1 week later, and bottom is after a month!