Greetings from new Betta keepers! Here is our story....
We started out as very reluctant parents whose 10yr old brought home a goldfish (GF) from the local carnival last weekend. She dubbed him 'Mr. Bubbles' and was thrilled when we nodded our heads as she has never had a pet before. We are novices to fish care, but went & purchased a one gallon starter kit aquarium with gravel, a plastic plant, and small barrel decoration. We followed the directions, let his new home 'age' for 12 hours and transferred him to the tank.
Oh he swam & explored the new digs much to our daughters delight! I will admit that I would watch him amble around for 10 minutes at a pop. He was feed a small pinch of GF flakes 2x a day and our daughter would turn on his aquarium night in the evening and say goodnight to him.
On the fifth day, he was still around having survived in our care thus far so I had researched more info on the web and decided to move Mr. Bubbles to a larger tank (5 gal) so we loaded up on gravel, more colored plastic plants and two more small decorations. Set up new tank & filter, treated the water, and let new setup sit for 24 hours. Alas, the next morning Mr. Bubbles had expired due to excessive ammonia buildup we were told when we had his tank water tested.
Our daughter was highly upset and we laid her fish to rest in the vegetable garden. We had a new tank but no fish so we took her to the pet store and inquired which fish would be the least maintenance intensive but hardy enough to survive our care as we learned our way to fish ownership.
The store recommended Betta fish and our daughter picked two small yet lovely females who were named Nani & Lilo. They were transferred to the new tank and are adapting well as far as I can tell but we are researching as much information as possible to preclude any harm befalling the newest family members.
In summary, we have arrived your corner of the Inter-web and are pleased yet slightly overwhelmed by the amount of information being presented on the boards. We hope to learn lots and will definitely have more questions.
Thanks for reading...