I kind of feel like I have been seriously mislead by petsmart. About 2 1/2 weeks ago, I bought two male bettas for my daughter. I was told they were super easy to care for and needed very little maintenence. I didn't want to have to get a huge set up with a filter and all that or else I wouldn't have gotten any fish in the first place. Ok, so here is what they told me all I would need:
1 tank, it's pretty small, not even a gallon, with a divider. Came with gravel and some plastic plants.
and that's it!! I was told to feed 3-4 pellets to each of them twice a day, change the water out weekly and that's about it. Nothing about a heater or anything else I'm reading here on this forum.
So, 10 days later, one dies. I go back to the store for another one (Petsmart will replace or refund within 14 days and I need to go find another purple "replacement" fish, my daughter is 2 so we are not ready to get into the explanation of death and all that!) Double check everything I'm doing with the lady at petsmart to make sure I've got it all right, get another fish, clean the tank and wash the gravel out, put the water conditioner in and back in business! Wrong! 4 days later, the "replacement" fish dies! And on the other side the other one is still looking just fine swimming around happy as ever.
I did buy (when I got the second fish) some plant bulbs that grow real plants in the tank because they told me they could nibble on those and it would be nice to have instead of fake plants. I don't know if that makes any difference or not.
Now I'm reading that a heater is necessary and the water temp must be around 78 degrees and I really don't think that water is that warm.
But why is the other fish doing just fine?
Also when I went back to petsmart the second time I noticed they had maybe a dozen or so male bettas in those tiny tiny little tanks and about 3 or 4 of them were already dead! Were they unhealthy to begin with?
I'm so confused and annoyed at myself for thinking it could be so simple.
Does anyone have any insight as to why I can't keep one fish alive on one side but the other one is ok?
Thanks and sorry for my ignorance