So Ive been stalking this site for about a week now, and after reading many different sites and articles on Bettas, I finally brought one home on Wednesday. Now Ive made an account and want to tell you all a bit about me.
Now I have about a year and a half worth of experience with fish. I started out with a 3 inch Shubunkin Goldfish in a 5 gal tank. He was a gift from a boyfriend who kept 5 three-inch goldies in that 5 gal tank. Neither of us knew better than to keep goldfish in such little tanks. I upgraded that same goldfish to a 10 gal after having him for 3 months. About 3 months later I got a Pleco to go in there with him. They both died about a month after that. I was so upset that my grandfather went out and got me a 55gal tank.
He then gave me his two goldies (A Shubunkin and a Sarassa) that he had been trying to kill >.< right as one of them started to get sick. Sadly I lost Bud (the Sarassa) to what the vet said was liver disease in August. The other one, Mickey, died suddenly in May. The remaining tank members are Oreo, my Panda Oranda and Basil and Thyme, my two Plecos. I had a Red Cap Oranda as Well, but on Wednesday he got sucked up into the filter when I was at school.
Anyways, I also have a 10 gal tank that I am using for plants. I am trying to work out a pump system to pump water from the 55 gal through the 10 gal and back into the 55 gal, but so far I have just ended up with 25 gal of water on my bedroom floor. Anyways, that is where my new Betta, Zeus, is calling home. I figured that more space wouldnt be a bad thing for him since its not a huge tank.
Now, didnt get him from a breeder. The only places to get fish in my town are Petco and Walmart. So I rescued him from Petco. Im not sure how old he is or what color he is or what genes he displays( although as a future Geneticist I will soon catch up on Betta genetics) so I was hoping I could get some help in figuring that out. Also, I do know that the filter Im using in the tank is WAY too strong for him, Im hoping someone can help me figure out how to lessen the flow without buying a whole new filter, seeing as this one was already in use on with this plant tank...
I think I might switch to Bettas after Oreo passes. Hes only 3 years old though, so I hope he doesnt go soon! Hes still so young! But I have to say I really enjoy reading about all the things you can do with a betta and hope to possibly breed them.
If I decide to do that, then Ill find homes for all the Betta babies before I get a female (and another tank). I dont really feel comfortable selling them on Aquabid since Im not a reputable breeder, Id be more comfortable giving them away.
Anyways, enough about me and my goldfish and stuff like that. Here's what you really came for: pictures of my baby, Zeus!
Thanks so much everyone for reading this! And I hope to see you around! :)