I need an opnion from an impartial source that knows about bettas. I have lost four bettas since Christmas. The question is am I a bad betta owner (if so what am I doing wrong) or is the local pet store selling me bad bettas?
The first to go was a cheapy double tail that was sickly to begin with. He was the only one of my boys with a heater due to his health. During the nasty winter snow storm the power went out in my town for 4 days, and so did his heater. I wrapped my boy's tanks up in towls with a small breathing hole. Unfortunately the cold got him.
The next was my red cheapy crown tail. He stopped eating and became listless for a few days and suddenly died.
To fill my two empty (and throughly cleaned!) tanks, I got two more bettas. Both of them within in a week and a half died. They both started getting covered with white mold looking stuff. The drops the pet store owner gave me did nothing. It is a little suspicious to me that they both developed the same problem, but there was NO sharing of water between the tanks. (I am a little on the paranoid side.) The pet store owner fed me so BS about the fish dying essentially not being his problem. I wouldn't be surprised if other bettas of that batch had the same problem
In the past one of the bettas I got from the local pet store developed a tumor! He was happy, but not healthy.
I clean their tanks once every week and a half to two weeks. I add aged/treated tap water or distilled water if i didn't remember to prepare water. They have java moss in their goldfish bowls. I feed them once a day. The water in their tanks is a little on the cool side, but that's the way of things.
Now, is it something I am doing, or am I buying poorer then usual quality bettas?