Sooo, I had asked a bunch of questions of you guys, which were answered really well. Thank you. And I went on Sunday and got myself some bettas!
I also chose to get petstore fish. The poor guys there are cramped and dirty, I have the resources to provide them with MUCH better living conditions, so I felt that I would select a few of the healthier looking ones and take them home. I finally decided on 3 crowntail boys.My 2 year old "helped" me pick them out. A white marble (?? I'm guessing on the color pattern name), a black one with crazy red,green, blue in his fins, and a lovely royal blue with a purple/pink/red thing going on in his tail. I used the 10 gallon I have and divided it into 3 betta worlds. I have yet to decide on names for them (I've never named fish before, but these guys are so freakin cool how can I not?) The white one is very laid back, doesnt mind my hand when i was adjusting the heater or re-attaching his leaf hammock - stupid thing kept falling down. I buy 3 and one refuses to stay up!! raawwr! lol The black one is extremely curious and friendly, comes to the front of the glass when I come to say hi, and the blue one is a scaredy cat. Hides in the back of the tank unless the light is off, then he feels safe enough to come out and explore - although today he did come out for a little while. Each little guy has 3 smaller live plants, 1 artificial plant, and a hideaway. The blue one hides in his artificial plant in the back - silly fish. His hideaway is a bridge type thing and he has been caught swimming over the bridge as if he was really crossing it.. made me lol. He and the black one are neighbors and as of today were flaring at eachother. When the black one tried to engage the white one he was promptly dismissed. He was stared at like "yeah? what are you really going to do through this mesh? no? didnt think so..." it was cute to watch them meet eachother so to speak. I do have some lingering questions. - How many little pellets should i feed them at a sitting... I fed them twice today and stopped when they started to slow down. Each ate a different number of pellets. The tanks filter is on the scaredy cats side, could the filter (simple sponge filter) be adding to his fear? he hides right next to it, but I mean the bubbles it creates? Should I turn it off and take it out? When doing a routine water change should I remove the fish and put them back in when its all done? I ask because it is a smaller area and I'd have to remove their house and artificial plant to get at the gravel well. Or should I just take some water and replace it doing a more thorough cleaning like once a month or something? And finally, I have a aqueon water heater, made for a 10 gallon tank that says it does the auto matic shut off... but I think its off too much. My thermometer says its only 75 degrees in my water, the boys are active, the white one isnt hanging out by his heater, and their all eating... do I have a faulty thermometer or a faulty heater? Admittedly it is a stick on thermometer - It was already on the tank(s) - my 29 gallon included and for that one it works... I tried to get away with it as is... buuuut I suppose I could buy a nifty floaty one... :) I took pics but I cant figure out how to get them off the SD card and onto the computer... I'm SO computer illiterate its sad! When I figure it out I'll show off my lovelies!