Oh wow.....I'm so surprised this thread has been so helpful, and so pleased to have been a part of it! Just...wow!!
Originally Posted by tehrabbit
I guess I'm not the only one who was stalking this thread! I've read all the way through and via anxious anticipation, vicariously lived the "OMG MY FISH IS DYING" panic attacks of Twixies... which no doubt I'd have had all on my own if I hadn't read and made mental note of and BOOKMARKED for later reference.
My Hanukkah present was given to me yesterday - a trip to Pestmart, where I got to choose my newest addition my menagerie (2 ferrets and a dog)... a Betta! He is beautiful and named Fluffy... and currently still living in his cup, as we are giving his 1 gal. time to settle.
Thanks to reading the thread, we also are going to install a heater tonight so that he won't become a Fluffy-sicle once we dump him in there. O.o!
So thanks, ladies and gents, for answering and asking questions! You're the best!
That really is so great to hear!! A Betta certainly is a wonderful addition to any family, they're such fun and interactive little guys! ;)
Provided your water(assuming you're using tap)is conditioned with a good conditioner like Prime that removes things immediately, there is no real reason why you can't go ahead and start acclimating your new guy to his new home right away. Besides some harmless bubbles along the sides, theres nothing really to 'settle' in the tank. ;) Just for future reference.
Also, I would highly suggest looking into upgrading options in the near future.....like within the next few months. Provided you keep up with your water changes(2-50-60%s and 1 100% at least I'd say in a one gallon....so it can get a little tiring), 1 gallons can be alright....but IMO/E with the acception of special cases like very large-finned makes and blind/disabled fish that extra 1-1.5+ gallons really makes a difference. Bettas are very active fish, and they really do like their space. ;)
Another issue with a 1 gallon would be heating. Most adjustable heaters will fit awkwardly/take up a lot of space in most 1 gallons, and since you want to steer clear of the present/pad heaters as they are unreliable and, especially in such a small volume of water that is already difficult to heat stably(not impossible mind, several people of done it, but IMO/E its not easy), are so prone to over/under heating tanks......its often just a little easier to invest in something slightly larger thats a little easier to heat/fit a good reliable heater into.
Oh, and don't forget the thermometer(one that goes inside the tank....those sick on ones are horribly unreliable)! I always seem to forget the thermometers.....xD
Originally Posted by xtcking
On that note, does anyone have any suggestions as far as training and getting to know your betta? ive had creo for 24 hours now, and feeding is still kind of a chore. I have to get his attention and pretty much drop the pellet infront of his face for him to realize I'm trying to feed him. I assume after routine he will figure it out.
he reminds me of the T-rex from jurrasic park, he doesnt just want to eat, he wants to hunt!
I gave him a some what longer blood worm. he beat the crap out of it and broke it into a couple tiny pieces and then swam away, just to dart back at them and gobble each on in a half tank dash. it was actually really amazing to watch!
As far as bonding and training goes, it all depends on the individual fish. Some will take a little longer then others, and some are quick as a whip and take to you and the routines right away. Bit eventually he will get used to you, your voice, when you feed him, how you feed him, where you feed him...all that good stuff. xD It just takes time.
Haha, what a feisty little guy!! He sounds like such a blast! xD