I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the right place ^^; I assume so cause the whole point is to show my fish but correct me if I'm wrong.
I was heart broken visiting the fish shop local to me.
I've always known that bettas are commonly kept in those small cube shape tanks in a lot of shops or even those plastic pots with a lid.
But I was shocked at the conditions my newest betta "Kairi" was being kept in.
I've been planning for weeks to get another betta, but I'd been holding off due to my cat suddenly getting ill (only mildly ill but he still needs treating), I needed to pay for Mr Jinxy's treatment first and the fish was going to wait since if I wanted something special it would cost me anything from £15-£30 and that's money I could be spending on my cat.
So I've just had a tank sat in my room cycling with nothing in it for a few weeks.
I was out yesterday and thought to myself I'd just see what they had in stock to see what their bettas are like.
Most places around here only sell the vail tails so I was looking for somewhere which sold something different.
I walked around the shop and couldn't see any bettas, so I went over and asked the guy if he ever sold betta fish and he told me he's got one left.
I was lead to a shelf within reach of children and dogs and shown the most depressed looking yellow betta in an insignificant volume of water at the bottom of a drinking glass... no lid, just a narrow drinking glass with only enough water for his fins to stand up.
His tail was damaged, I'm not sure if it's fin rot or if he's been biting his own tail but there's certainly some tail missing.
I felt so bad for him!
After talking with the guy I was able to take the betta home for free since he was damaged and undesirable to other customers.
When I got the fish home I tested the water that was in his bag (unfortunately my third test tube broke a while ago so I tested amonia and nitrite) and frowned at the test results.
The amonia (in the green tube) is supposed to show up pale yellow and the nitrite (in the purple tube) is supposed to show up pale blue. this guy's been swimming in toxic water.
His first tank is a 15ltr filtered heated tank with silk plants and some anubias on a bog-wood (:
I'll upgrade his tank at a later date but right now I think he's happy to be able to move.
When I first put him in he just swam in one spot for about a minute, then cautiously started exploring his new home.
I've already got everything he needs, food, treats accessories est since I already have another male and female (in separate tanks) so he'll be sharing their stuff.
They've been eating the hikari pellets, Kairi's a bit nervous when I feed him at the moment, he wont take the food unless I walk away from the tank but he eats ok.
I'm keeping my eye on his tail just in case its fin rot. I don't want to jump the gun and treat it if it doesn't need treating but we'll see how that goes.
I do have some melafix under my cichlid tank if needs must though.
For now he's just got stress coat in his tank to help the healing.
I'm really pleased with him ^_^ he might take a bit of work for the first few weeks with his tail and getting him out of his shell but he'll get there.