Hello everyone. So I finally decided to keep a journal here on the forum to talk about my adventures in maintaining a tank.
I guess I should start by stating I started getting into having fish when I won 3 goldfish at Coney Island. Larry, Curly and Moe lived in a vase til I was able to get a bowl for them. Days went by and I lost Curly and Moe, but Larry kept on swimming until one day I found him dead too. I didnt know much about keeping a bowl or a tank. I just figured fish is fish. I started reading up and said to myself why have goldfish. I want a betta, so I started learning all I could.
2013-One day randomly i walked into my neighborhood Petland and there he was. Renji wasn't pretty looking, a faded shade of red in a small cup. I bought him took him home and kept him in a 1 gal bowl until my 2.5 gal tank was ready for him. He was happy, and so was I. Became bright and red, and responded well to me. I was loving the betta world and found this forum and joined and learned so much more. Everything was great.
Then I got sad. He was almost reaching his 1year anniversary. It was New Years Day I came home and found my tank empty. I thought it was a joke, and then I found Renji dried up on the floor. He slipped out somehow, even though I have a lid. I cried. My poor little guy suffered. I felt so bad I almost considered getting rid of everything. It took me about 6 months to recover and start over.
2014 didn't get easier. I got Drogo but got injured and died from infection (i bought meds and everything). I then got Wilfred and 4 months later found him floating, he was old looking but didn't think he was going to die so soon.
I started to think I couldn't have a betta. I was losing them all. But then I got that itch and set up my tank once again and now I have Navi. Hes a halfmoon (I think). He's been with me for almost 4 months. Since I got him I have decided to get live plants. I have been slowly improving my tank conditions making it a more natural environment for him. He's aggressive, doesn't like his reflection so its a constant battle of maintaining his fin. I actually argue with him and he looks back and flares.
I love my tank and my betta. It's been a learning process, and I'm still learning things. Its been a hobby that has been helping me with my anxiety. At times I feel like I don't know what I'm doing but then I come here, read and seeing others experiences are similar to mine has helped.
Jeez that was long lol. My next post I'll put pics and details of the specifics to my tank. To whoever reads this thank you. Feel free to comment, chat or share your tank experiences. It feels like we're all in this together.
picture is of Navi my current betta.