I moved into a bigger office (but now have no windows) a few weeks ago and decided to get a betta as my new office buddy.
Purchased a 5 gallon tank, several live plants, heater, and some fun rocks with hidey holes for my new friend. After having the tank set up for a week or so, I finally purchased my betta. A BEAUTIFUL half moon betta, blueish-green in color with red fins.
Had him at home over the weekend, and instantly, he was active and became especially lively when I was sitting by him and/or feeding him. Brought him to work Monday (yesterday) and introduced him to his new home. He seemed to enjoy being able to swim in the larger space and through the plants.
Just got back from lunch today to find him missing....
Then, I saw one little red fin dangling from the filter. Apparently, the tank I purchased was missing some parts allowing him to get sucked up in the impeller!! SOOOOO SAD!
I couldn't bare the thought of having to remove him, so a co-worker helped me out.
Called Petsmart (where I bought the tank) letting them know the tank's filter was missing parts... they said there's nothing they can do. I then emailed the manufacturer of the tank, and they responded quickly and are sending a whole new filter.
I am super bummed out about my fish dying. I was still in the process of naming him :( and was really enjoying watching him swim around and "attack" the bloodworms during feedings.
Ugh, I can't belive I didn't realize a part was missing earlier... a mistake I hope no one else has to go through.
That's all.... I just had to share my story of the awesome fish that had way too short of a life because of my oversight.