I actually just noticed one of my shrimp is "inspecting" what looks to be some poop on the bottom of my tank, its yellowish in color and is aprox 1/8" in size, its kinda a blob shape (if I had to guess i'd say it actually looks kinda like the pea I fed him yesterday) He really got scared during the water change and was darting all over the tank frantically for about 10 minutes so maybe in all that rush he pooped the pea remains out. His belly is back to normal size now but since it has bloated and unbloated several times in the last few days I am going to keep my excitement down until 24-48 hours have passed with no more bloating.
I actually have to leave soon to go pick up my sister from college so that she can come home for the weekend and wont be back until after midnight so I think I'll wait and do the 2nd water change tomorrow morning as soon as I wake up and then i'll do another one tomorrow afternoon sometime if still needed.
I do use preheated water, I have never used the thermometer to check the temperature before adding to the tank but I do use my wrist to check the water, so far the temperature has never fluctuated after adding water but the thermometer idea is a good idea that I didnt think of.
My tank is here (I bought it at Petco) http://www.petmountain.com/product/a...arium-kit.html
I could be limited on what I can float in the tank because the filter takes up half of the top of the tank and the other half is the light fixture but i'm sure I could figure something out. in worst case scenario I could just put the new heater in the QT tank until I'm ready to move him back to the main tank I suppose (if it would fit).
I might leave a bit early and stop at the pet store and see what they have in stock. The pet store is a hour away from my home but its in the direction i'm traveling tonight. If I cant get there before they close i'll just buy the heater and critter keeper from Amazon.
Thank you :) My mom just walked into my room just as my Betta flared at his reflection and she screamed "OH MY GOD DID YOU JUST SEE THAT?!" she was so thrilled (she has never seen him flare before lol) Your Betta in your avatar is beautiful as well :)
One final good sign, my Betta has learned that when I open the top of the tank it usually means feeding time so he goes darting to the surface under the hatch anytime I open it. He hasnt done that at all the last 3 days but I just went and opened it and he darted right to it and began waiting for food to drop. I'm going to wait to feed him though till he is symptom free for at least a day.