Just wanted to post here and say thanks for the great website. I have had a few betta's in the past, and always believed when people said they liked small bowls and all that good stuff..my other 2 betta's I had did fine for 2 years. They seemed happy and were always making bubble nests, so I further believed that was how they were supposed to be.
Well I haven't had any betta's in a few years, and I got one about a month ago. Well this little guy (McDreamy...for all the Grey's Anatomy fans
) seemed miserable. I had just a little tiny cube for him with no filter or heater. I noticed he wouldn't eat, and stayed at the bottom of the tank most of the time.
I decided to google what could be wrong and I got so much information from this website. After seeing how cruel it actually is to have them in a little cube, I immediately went and bought him a ten gallon tank with a heater, filter, plants, toys, etc. I waited for it to cycle and then put him in...and oh my goodness, he is a completely different betta! He swims all around goes in the little log I got him. He comes right to the surface when put food in there.
It is so cool to see him come alive and not look miserable moping around the bottom..and I feel awful for believing the false info that I heard before...but I owe it all to this website and all the wonderful posters on here :)
My next payday I want to get one of those betta hammocks and some more plants and stuff.
The only problem I am noticing with him now though is when I feed him he seems to still spit some of the food out. I have tried pellets and flakes. I tried crushing up the flakes a little bit and it seemed to help, but I just want to make sure that could be the problem and not something more serious..Also, it's only been a few days since he's been in there so maybe he's still adjusting.
Wow that was long, but I had to let you all know that you helped McDreamy and me so much :)
Oh one last thing..for some reason he seems to LOVE the thermometer. He sleeps next to it and always moves it around haha.