I set the light on a timer Saturday and so far so good. I need to get one for the heater, since having both the incandescent and the heater on during the day heats the water over 82; I've been unplugging the heater during the day, but I worry about the day I'm running late for work and forget.
I ordered NLS surface feeder .8 pellets last night and I should have them by wednesday. I was contemplating the betta formula, but the price difference was enough that, as I'm saving up for a gravel vacuum, I went with the surface feeder. There are also a few breeders that seem to like it so fingers crossed that Michael likes it.
His fins have definitely grown since I brought him home, and the coloring is growing so beautiful: there's a hint of red along the base of his anal fin and caudal fins, but for the most part he's just iridescent with spots of black here and there. I believe he's a Marble from the coloration, but I'm not entirely sure. :-p I know for sure he's a HMDT.
I think I need to ban myself from aquabid: there's so many beautiful bettas! I want a black and a chocolate, a rosetail, and a halfmoon. But alas, I've no place I could put them unless I divided Michael's tank and after the disaster that was one of my divided tanks in college (I still don't know what killed my fish and my frogs) I will never do that again. I'll call them my dream fish for now and maybe one day I can set up a room with a couple of five gallons and the cats and I can enjoy FishTV.