Hello, everyone! : )
Awhile ago, I posted about how my friend's roommate was keeping her betta, Lucky, in a tiny (less than a gallon, and half-filled with a sharp plant!) container, wondering how to approach her about it. I ended up giving her a spare 1 gallon container I had, and then...I wound up babysitting him for the summer! His owner lives in China, so she couldn't take him with.
Lucky has always been a little lethargic, and I noticed even before I brought him home (I was in my friend's room quite a bit) that his fins weren't in the best of shape. I'm not sure why--tail-biting, maybe? After bringing him home, I moved him to a 2.5 gallon heated drum. Because he isn't as in as good of health as my own betta, I chose a few days ago to move him to my own bett'as 3 gallon, lighted heated full of playthings aquarium. My betta is in the 2.5 gallon drum, and seems fine for now. I want to get a light and more hiding places for the drum so that they'll both be in wonderful, exciting homes.
Since moving Lucky to the bigger/lighted/toy-filled tank there's been a HUGE change in his behavior! He's flaring at everything, and moving around, and exploring, and he's not as jumpy, and his fins are even looking better! HOWEVER, that's the issue: his fins.
What's wrong with them? The ends look discolored/dead/ragged. A bit of his top fin looks like it's nearly falling off. Has he been biting them, are they just tattered due to low health? I haven't noticed any biting firsthand. Before I brought him home, he was only eating bloodworms. Since then he's been put on a mostly pellet diet, and his fins are already looking better. I'm just wondering if there's anything I can do to speed along the process.
Here he is:
His colors are looking brighter, too! : ) I'm hoping that he'll be at 100% by the time I give him back in August.