I bought my kids a betta last week. Took them to the store, had them pick it out and we bought some live plants and rocks, etc. The tank is a round (i beleive) 2.5. The story behind the tank is a co-worker used it for some presentation and gave it to me. They have been asking for a fish for a while and then having someone offer me a tank, it was like it was meant to be!
"Purplely" as named by my 5 year old daughter looks to be having a great time. We bought him at Petco. It was a little strange because we went in a few days before to buy the rocks, plants, etc, to get it established before we bought the fish. At the time I was thinking gold fish until I started to research and found this site and the positives of the betta over a gold fish. 2 days later I took the kids over for the purchase and Petco just got in a delivery of bettas (from Ohio) and were putting them in new water and putting them on the shelf. We had a ton to choose from and the kids settled on Purplely. Again, another kind of strange meant to be thing.
Now that I am done my intro, the only question I have so far is bubbles. I believe they are OK, but Purplely has a nice pile of bubbles and I see him hiding under it at times. I have live plants that he swims around and under.
Are the bubbles a good sign? Also when I change out the water (we have been changing between 25 - 50% every few days) should the bubbles be removed or is it better to leave them?
What are the bubbles for? Is he thinking of mating? I assume he is still a "infant" since he just came in, but how old are they normally if the store just took them as delivery from the breeder?
Thanks in advance for your help!