Hello. My name is Mike. I am a new betta care taker. With most everything I do, I am connected to a forum so that I can learn to do it better. This is what happened:
I was walking through a well known chain store with my three year old. There was pet adoption day going on. Of course my boy wanted one of those dogs. I opted for a fish just as I did with my 7 year old in years past. I have a third child and a forth on the way so I am getting this routine down. We went through goldfish the first time around.
The store employee convinced me to get Betta's this time around. My son wanted one for him and one for his younger brother. The store employee sold me one of those divided half gallon betta starter kits. I questioned it and he convinced me it is perfect. Said all the usual comments. So I brought them home set up the tank and let them be fish. This morning they both seemed mellow and very close to the surface. So that's when I found this site and read a whole bunch.
My home is only 68 degrees. It is heated using water run through baseboards. First thing I did was to put them near a shelving unit closer to the baseboard heater. I checked on them in an hour and sure enough they were more active and using more of the space. I think it heated up the water slightly. I then set up the 2 gallon tank that I found left over from our goldfish days. I also now realize that that tank was not big enough for goldfish. I put the bigger Betta in that one and left the smaller guy in the the half gallon. Both seem to be happier already and using most of the tanks. Temporary housing using what I had.
Before I go and buy anything to make them even more comfortable I am doing research here. Thank you for providing great information. I look forward to being here.