First off, I didn't mean to offend you & had no idea about your anxiety issues.
My apologies, but remember when you use forums, don't take anything too personal.
I'd rather people be honest, than BS me.
- Filtered water from a Brita/Pur type system is fine. I think you read about NOT using distilled water.
- Distilled water is usually deficient of minerals and using that instead of tap, will sort of leech minerals out of your fish. Over time it will harm the fish, maybe lead to it's demise.
Usually with a Betta, especially a PS affiliated store, they WILL give you the option to choose a fish to your liking because Bettas do have specific features, colors & temperaments.
- Also Petsmart has a 15 day return policy. If you're afraid to approach the manager, call the store first & ask to speak with the manager of the store on the phone if that helps.
Explain to the manager the employee that sold you the fish, forced you to pick out & now that you're home they're sick and you don't have the experience to nurse them back to health & you would like to return them for store credit for a future purchase at the store.
Another helpful idea is to find out when they get their next shipment so you can choose a betta you REALLY want.
- If the selection they have look unhealthy & diseased, don't buy one.
- Stores are designed to make you buy on impulse/emotions without thinking things through.
If you're still nervous, bring a friend with you that you TRUST to negotiate with the manager.
- Oh BTW, what fish do you have left? Be specific.
- Also when you say the Ammonia level was high. What was was your actual test results?
I would recommend filling an empty cooler water bottle with water for the fish tank, condition it & leave it out for a day or two before you actually need to use it.
The smallest cooler bottle I own is a 3gallon one, but it gets kinda heavy when it's full. I just weighed it, 20lbs.
- If there is some ammonia in the water, some of it will evaporate out.