Warning: I love to write ;w;''' (and read, for that matter xD)
I'll start off with a greeting - I am a human by the online-name of Mira, proudly owned by one Betta Fish named Shark, one Leopard Gecko named Bingo, and a hamster named Mouse, at my mom's and dorm room. At my dad's are two Miniature Schnauzers who have been with me all my life - Frey and Luna, and at my friend's place a state away where I will be spending my summer is another love of my life, Ranger the mustang, as well as his herd-buddies.
But I'm here, of course, to talk about Shark ;D
I've been doing my research, though I'm hitting my head because I was a niave first-time fish owner and saw the phrase "Cycle the cage" and went; 'I should look that up - naaahhhhhh' ;_; i'm so sorry Shark. I know for next time. I've been googling everything I can think of about Betta fish, as well as going thread-hopping wherever google search decides to take me, or if I see an unfamiliar term I go look it up.
Info I know about Shark, so far;
I got him from petco last Saturday, so May 11th, unless my math is really that horrid. I actually met him on Friday, when I stopped in to buy crickets for Bingo, and stopped by the betta section. I admit, I was happy that all their betta seemed healthy and had dividers in them, but now I'm not so happy after some deeper research and knowledge about the heaters and all sorts of wonderful things like ammonia build-up and whatnot. Anyways, I didn't pick Shark out for his color or breed - I dare to say he actually chose me, and I wouldn't have it any other way. He would follow my finger around the cup, and when we first locked gazes he sort of wriggled around. Gosh that sounds so cheesy, but there you have it xD
So, I bought a 3 gallon tub-aquarium with a hood, got my crickets for Bingo, and hoped in the car declaring if I couldn't get a betta, I could at least use the pet-carrier for transporting Bingo or Mouse.
I had to wait on getting a betta, because I first had to ask my friend (who I will be staying at her house over the summer) Linda if I could have a fish at all. She said yes, obviously >w<
Ooookkkkkk I'm writing a novel sorry ;-; I will shorten things up from here on out
So, Shark. I was really surprised that he wasn't 'freaking out' once we took him home. Actually, while he was still in his cup and I fed him, he took food from my fingertip and jumped from the water to snatch one off my finger. He most certainly seems to love his cage, even though I don't have any nice hidey-plants in it yet. There are three betta bulbs we're waiting on to grow, and a small plastic neon pink plant. I was iffy on putting it in, since I was worried it could snag his fins, so I've been keeping a close watch on him. He's very active - he loves swimming around, and I never know where he's going to be when I look in the cage. There's a small Air Tech K20 sponge filter in his cage he likes to hide behind(which freaked out new-mother me at first, since I was afraid he'd get stuck behind it), and he'll occasionally watch the bubbles it makes.
He was nameless for the first three days or so, and I was debating on naming him Sada, Arrowhead, or Shark. Shark was really random - I'm still not sure how I came to call him it. I just started calling him that one night and it seemed to suit him, and it stuck. Arrowhead came from his shape - he's a double tale male, and when he fans out (which is pretty much always, though a sort of relaxed fanning, not hyper-active) he looks just like an arrowhead.
When I first got him, he was a very pale white-cream color, with sort of a slight irridescent pinkish hue to his body and fins, and would change rainbowy colors depending on how the light hit him, or if he caught a glint of sunlight. I've been doing some research on Betta's color-changing, because I've been watching him darken up, which I'm also pleased because I'm taking it as a sign of good health, added to his activity and curiosity, and appetite. Now he has a definite greenish cast to his body, and a soft grayish-dark splash forming on his fins.
I was actually paranoid at first when the dark appeared, because I was afraid it could be fin rot. His fins looked fantastic, though, save for today I noticed the anal fin has some frayed tips at the end. I'm thinking either ammonia burn or the plastic plant. I want to do a water change tomorrow, 25% or 50%, though I'm getting all sorts of different ways you're 'supposed' to manage the changing of a 3-gallon ;-;
I do not have a heater or a water-testing kit yet, but they are on my priority-to-get list. Conveniently, my birthday is coming up, which is how I procured the filter in his cage xD
His water is crystal clear - well, maybe I shouldn't go so far as to say crystal
clear, as that's pretty high-standard from what little of fish keeping I know, but I'm happy it's really clear :D There was a day or two it was really foggy, and I heard(well, read) someone mention that as 'New Tank Syndrom.'
So in short... I've been stalking this website, and finally decided to make an account on it since I kept ending up here as I did research and searched things. I really wanted to just kinda blabber on about Shark xD''' Most my friend's go "Oh cool you got a fish" and that is the end of discussion. I'm excited, because one of my dorm-mates is getting herself a fish this weekend, though she/he will not be coming to the dorms.
MmmmmmmmmMMMmMMMMMMMmmm I HAVE NO REGRETS. *Types more*
I identify in no way as a betta expert(If anything, call me out for hamsters, though even then I'm no expert, but we've kept hamsters for about six or eight years.), and I am always open for advice from people with more experience. I know it was a big mistake to overlook the water-cycling, and a heater and water test kit are need-to-gets I don't have yet. If anyone has any good recomendations on brands or anything, that would be great!
Ahhhh, that reminds me - feeding Shark. I have two different types of betta pellet food, one Aqueon brand and the other Aqua Culture. I would say the AC is better, since it's got a higher crude protein, though Shark most certainly prefers his little Aqueon pellets versus the big bites the AC are.
As for pictures - I'd say coming soon, but I am honestly the worst person for taking pictures. Not that they turn out bad, just that I rarely take them in the first place XD' S' why my friends hate it when I go on vacation and trips - no photo's to show for it, just stories. And drawings. Oh! I drew a rough picture sketch of shark, I can give you that.
OK ok ok ok ok I'm done typing now.
.......I intend on teaching Shark tricks, if he'll do them. He seems like he would like to play games. Especially if his favorite treat so far is involved - OK I'M DONE.