I'm a huge forum fan and am a visitor of so many. Last night, I got suckered into buying bettas when I went to pick up algae wafers and cat food. How did I get suckered? I went down the wrong fish aisle in Petsmart and past the bettas instead of going to the food aisle. I stopped and looked. That was the downfall. A pretty little pink crowntail gave me the wiggle dance and I had to take her home. I also couldn't just have such a young betta alone in a huge tank, so I picked up two regular betta females. One is a dark blood red and the other one is striped. I never knew bettas could be striped and I've kept them off and on for about ten years.
So, I kept them in their little cups for the night so they could settle. Today I am setting up their new tank today. The fish will be in a 20 gallon long for now and will have an Amazon Sword and Dwarf Hairgrass, which will be the start of my first planted tank. I am planning on getting at least three more betta females to help with aggression as well as other plants. I was just at the tail end of my money for the week so things are at a bare minimum. I'm planning on getting duckweed, frogbit, anacharis, java moss and perhaps a few other plants in the near future. I was planning on it anyway as I have turtles who would benefit from the plants.
I will also be upgrading to a 150 gallon after I move, which will give me plenty of room for plants and community fish such as Dario dario
. I have kept bettas in communities before, though never such young ones (the wiggle dancer is small enough that Hikari micro pellets are "regular" sized to her). It amazes me how great most bettas fit into communities (even males) and saddens me that more people don't realize it.
Anyway, I just wanted to say hello and hope to meet everyone!