I'll be posting day by day. Probly should of started this the day I got him, but I was keeping a mental journal. A more permanent journal would be better xD
I'll start at the very beginning:
Day 1: Was supposed to be only buying dog food. But being a fishy lover I just had to run through the aquatics end of PetsMart. Nearly 70-80% of the bettas that arrived when I purchased Cal had been bought. All were dropy and sad looking. Either laying at the bottom or floating at the top. Few were active, but none were as active as him.
He had 3 other bettas stacked ontop of his cup, and 3 around him. 1 behind and 2 at his sides. He twirled around flaring at his neighbors. Fluttering his big spiky fins. Then he turned and saw me. Did not flare. Instead he sat and watched me for a few moments, then he turned and fluttered his fins at me in a beautiful display. Right then, he caught my heart. Dealing with the sickness of Cal he was a bright and happy wittle betta eager to make me smile. Hubs wouldn't be happy to see another fish coming home, but he wants me to be happy and then I was very much down in the dumps.
I get home and begin to slowly acclimate him to his new tank water. Via someone's idea on BettaFish :) I poured him into my reserved fishy bucket, started up the siphon , knoted a knot in the center of the line to a drip and thus began the 30 mins of adjustment. 45 mins later I scooped him into a sandwich baggie and began to float him for 20 mins to acclimate him to the temp in the tank. 25 mins later he was released.
He explored every inch of his new home. Swimming through the logs and every little hole he could fit his head into. Swimming past the filter he must of saw his reflection and he started flaring.
When night time came I saw he picked his favorite spot.
Day 2: Spike was laying inside his log. I dropped some pellets in to feed him. They immediately fell to the bottom due to the water flow. Spike saw them fall and ate all of them and then swam back into his log. All morning he stayed in his log. Only coming out to get air and quickly swimming back into his log.
I thought it was because he was just settling in. But in the back of my mind I knew something was bothering him. So thus I began a search to baffle the water flow. And I rigged a water bottle baffle and out came Spike happily swimming around again. :)
Day 3: Spike swam to the front to be fed. He is his usual active self, swimming around and spreading his fins very wide. Everytime I come to watch him he is always at the front showing off his fins to me :)
Day 4: I purchased a light that would be less brighter and would still light the kitchen for hubs. I check on Spike different hours of the night making sure it is not bothering him. He sleeps inside the log with the plant woven inside it.
He also met me at the front for feeding time :)
Day 5: Spike is now starting to beat me to feeding time. I think he is starting to catch on what time I get up in the morning. I seriously need to take a photo of feeding time, or a video :)