I thought I would pop in to introduce my new little buddy. But first, I'll tell you a little about how he and I met.
On Monday, I had to stop at Walmart to pick up some items for work. I stopped in the fish department to also grab a small bottle of stress coat as I had run out. I try not to go by the bettas, but I had extra time so I thought I would browse.
I saw this beautiful little guy. He was mostly white with a cute little black mask and a couple spots of blue. I felt terrible for him. He looked to happy to see me, opening an closing his mouth as he swam against the jar.
I set him in the front in hopes that someone would notice him, and left. On Thursday, I had to go pick up more supplies for work. I hadn't been able to get him out of my head, even though I know my husband would be upset if I brought him home. I stopped by the bettas again, and there was my masked friend--looking much worse. He was lethargic and hanging listless in the water. My finally made the decision that if he was still there that evening, I would get him.
He was. So I grabbed him up and took him home. I had a small 1 gallon bowl available, so I threw some rocks and a plants in there, then added fresh clean warm water. I let my little masked friend float to get used to the increased temperature, and slowly began to acclimate him to my water. Curious, I took a water sample of his cup and tested it for ammonia. This was the reading.
I can't even believe he was alive.
Upon releasing him, I realized he was far more beautiful that I had realized. His body was a pale pink, and his fins had dark purplish blue with an iridescent blue on the outer edges. His mask was black. He was immediately curious, exploring his little one gallon bowl.
I wasn't properly set up for him, so I set the bowl near the heater vent in a dark room for the night. He was looking much better, and greeted my happily. I offered him a pellet, which he accepted and then spit out. So I offered him a few bloodworms--and readily ate them like a little pig.
I had the day off, so I ran to the Foster and Smith retail store. I purchased a bag of sand, a 5.5 gallon aquarium, a cave, plants, some purigen for his filter, a hood, and a heater. The whole set up was about $70. I have just finished setting it up. I am using seeded media from my established ten gallon, so I hope the cycle is quick. In the mean time, I'm heating his little bowl and performing daily water changes.
So that is the story of Zorro, my $70 Walmart betta. He is worth every penny, and I am glad his life was spared. Here are some pictures of him shortly after coming home on Thursday night: