I wasn't planning on buying a Betta yet. I wanted to have a 5-10 gal fully planted and established with some ghost shrimp before I even started looking for "the perfect betta". I was dreaming of what color and kind I would get. I was REALLY interested in a yellow mustard gas HM, or possibly a really fancy HMPK. I was hunting Aquabid, trying to figure out what my preferences were, so when I actually started looking, it would be easier to find something I liked. I had some names picked out, an idea of what my gorgeous aquascape was going to look like, and planned on giving my little fishy the best home possible right from the start.
Um...no. Instead I was at walmart today and took pity on a little veiltail. The poor little fellow was swimming in some cloudy water with the bottom covered in who knows what
. I mean, I couldn't just LEAVE him there now could I? So I grabbed his little cup, which was only half filled with water by the way, and started looking for a tank. But the only tanks there were either $40-$50 for a 3 GALLON
OR, some of those tiny little betta bowls. I eventually settled on a 1 gal starter kit for about $8 including some multi-colored gravel, a plastic plant (no rough edges, I checked), some Tetra AquaSafe, and a net. Now I realize this a whole lot LESS than ideal, but my options were limited. I looked for a heater suitable for a 1 gal and couldn't find one,
. I also got a big bottle of AquaSafe and betta pellets (crappy ones, but still). So I brought the little guy and his new digs home and cleaned everything with super hot water. I strained the gravel, and set up his tank. I added what I think/hope was the appropriate amount of AquaSafe, swished the water around a bit, and began adjusting lil betta to his new home. I have to say that the little guy does seem to appreciate what he has, and is already a lot more active. He likes swimming circles around his plant.
I can't really tell if he has any fin damage because he is all white with clear fins, but I can't see much damage, maybe a few little rips? I'm not sure if he is Albino or not? He has no pigmentation whatsoever. He is white with clear fins, his body is semi-transparent. His eyes are white with black pupils, I don't think they're red. Oh, and his name is Castiel, bonus points if you know the reference! I figured the name was fitting for a white betta.
Anyway, in the next few days I'll be going to Petco or Petsmart, or ...wherever to pick up a bigger tank, heater, a few live plants, and good betta pellets. Hopefully Castiel makes it that long, although he certainly seems healthy enough at the moment. Ill post pictures soon!