I am very excited at the moment. I have been scouring your site for the last few weeks and have finally decided to sign up and join in the convo =)
Ok so I may have been slightly persuaded by the fact that I was hoping for a little advice too.
On Monday (five days ago) I bought my first betta fish. Nothing too fancy, hes a crown fighter, or crown tail, ..however it is worded. I decided this after much research and deliberations and considerations and was hoping for him to share my 5 gallon tank with my three guppies who have been in there a couple months. The guppies are not fancy ones, have short little rounded tails, they are all fairly placid, and for the first few days my betta was too. And then yesterday I got home and found my male guppy (also the smallest) had a chunk of his tail missing =(
So, betta is being rehomed. He is currently sitting in a half gallon glass jar that I had in the cupboard as I did not have anywhere else at the time for him. Stole some water, gravel and a plant from the other tank and popped him in there for the meantime until I can sort something else out. (I know I know! too small - but it is only very temporary I promise!).
My question now is, I want to buy a new home for him this weekend but thought I'd pop on here first and maybe get some advice or pointers or tips if anyone feels like handing them out before I go and buy something completely wrong. And also, while researching and browsing before, I came accross a great thread where everyone had pictures of their betta set ups and I was greatly inspired! I am currently trying to think of something for my betta but don't have any ideas yet.
So, a five gallon is big enough for one male betta right? I wouldn't put anything else with him now, it would just be him. Whats the decor theme in your betta tank? So far I have been to scared to try real plants at this point but are there any that would be quite easy to maintain that I could use for my betta? It would be great to have one or two live plants for him but I wouldn't know where to start with that! everything I have read about live tank plants seems to complicated =S
So that is all for now from me and my betta - who is yet to be named (working on that one too).
=) thanks for reading if you made it this far.