Hi! My name is Dene, I am 24, and tomorrow I will be getting an awesome baby Betta from Petco. I have read everything I can on caring for the little ones, and I feel like I can handle it.
My previous fish experience has all been with Bettas, minus an unfortunate case of my younger self thinking 2 guppies in one of those "cute" Bubblegum Machine tanks was a good idea. They died in less than a week. I've had better luck with Bettas, but this is the first time I've done the research and feel like I'm qualified to keep one alive. The last two that I owned were gifted to me (in tiny bowls) and died after I'd had them for maybe a month. I did not have the funds to improve their conditions, and I have no idea how long the other person had them before gifting them to me, but I know he wasn't taking good care of them.
2 gallon Kritter Keeper
Water (treated with dechlorinator, Stress Zyme, and Stability)
Tetra Whisper 3i
Sponge (to slow the water current)
Food (opinions needed!)
Hydor Theo 25w Heater
Hikari Tropical Micro Pellets
Hikari First Bites
Hikari Bio-Pure BBS
NLS Small Fish Formula? (cannot find betta or growth formula locally)
If you have any suggestions, I'm really hoping to get stuff in store, not online. So anything found at WalMart, Petsmart, or Petco. I have a few LFS, but quite frankly they are terrible. I would not be opposed to buying food there if it was something I could not find at one of the stores mentioned.
Basically, I'm open to any and all tips. If you're going to recommend that I not start with a baby, I'm willing to listen. The reason I was leaning toward a baby was that most of the adults I saw today looked very unhealthy and inactive. I also found a baby that was a gorgeous almost iridescent color. And I know that could change. xP