It all started with a fishbowl. Given to me as a gift from my boyfriend. It fell into his lap, and ended up in my apartment even though I had no intention of getting a fish. It sat in my apartment for a year. Eventually the boyfriend and I moved in together, into our new home.
Due to limited space in our cozy Victorian, we had a garage sale. The fishbowl was put out for sale. Almost every person commented on it. It was cute. It had a bronze base and a bronze kitten looked over into the bowl. I joked with my boyfriend if it didn't sell, that meant we needed to get a fish. The joke turned serious. It didn't sell. That Monday we picked up Cesar.
Once he was home, I realized I had no idea what my little guy needed to live a happy life. I quickly learned his home was not suitable for him..or probably any fish for that matter. I used to own another pet (not going to say which kind, in order to protect the anonymity of the forum I'm about to talk about). I was too ashamed to admit to you guys that Cesar stayed in a tiny bowl. At this other forum, there was an obvious pecking order. Anyone who didn't follow best practices in husbandry was instantly ridiculed, accused of not caring, and generally made to feel like a terrible person.
After more experience on this site, I can't express how different you members are from this other forum. You all offer advice, educate, and sympathize for people who do care about their Bettas, but were just misinformed. AKA you guys are awesome!
One day in that fish bowl was enough. Cesar now lives in a 5gallon. My neighbor was gracious enough to immediately bring over this aquarium (he has plenty of extras!). $10 later, Cesar had a 5gallon with a filter and light.
The boyfriend and I had fun buying decorations for Cesar. He has a cave, a "No Fishing" sign, black gravel accented with shiny marbles, and plenty of plants to hide behind.
The day I bought Cesar his new home, I also realized I desperately needed a heater and a thermometer. Living in the pacific northwest, it's quite cold here. We've had an amazing summer, but here an amazing summer means it barely has rained and we may have had a day or two of 70 degrees.
I work in the school system, so summer time is a nice vacation for me. During summers, I fill out surveys online to make some extra cash. I had a pile of amazon gift cards, and decided to buy his heater online. Oh did I mention I live in the pacific northwest? Although this heater was ordered on the 1st, it is now the 10th and still haven't arrived. I swear, the mail system is a black hole up here. I'm crossing my fingers it arrives tomorrow.
So Cesar has a new, roomy home with plenty of hides. I'm done right? Oh no. Now I'm searching for local pet stores, and found an amazing one. I was just going to pick up one live plant, just because I feel they look so amazing. Did I get my plant? Yes. Did I buy more stuff? Duh! Cesar now has a mystery snail and an amano shrimp.
I was so nervous Cesar would eat my new shrimp. Eventually the shrimp was introduced into the tank. Some posturing ensued. The shrimp held his own and actually jumped at torpedo speed and jumped on Cesar twice and swam away. I'm such a nervous mom. My boyfriend even jokes I worry more about the fish than the dog. I think this is in part because I know dogs. I know if our dog is sick, or hurt. With fish? Not so much--yet!
Cesar and the shrimp seem to ignore each other now, and have a harmonious home. Now just to get that heater in. I'm afraid to check the temps, I'm sure they're in the low 60s. Luckily, Cesar seems healthy and very active. But I know he'll be so much happier once he is in a nice, warm home. My goal is to see a bubble nest, it's sort of become a goal of mine for some reason. Some sort of reassurance that Cesar is lucky to have come home with me.
Yesterday I managed to figure out how to correctly baffle his filter with a plastic water bottle, surface currents seem to be completely gone! I'm still managing to learn how to use the turkey baster in an efficient manner. Getting better every day!
Sorry for such a long post--I decided to start this journal after having Cesar for over a week!
Pictures: Cesar's first home, his new home, then Cesar himself!