Just thought I would share my new boy, Feather! I rescued from PetSmart about a week ago. He was so sad looking and doing a lot of surface breathing in his cup. He was looking so torn up and I didn't want to see such a beautiful HM die without a chance. He was depressed and barely eating the first day or two and I really thought he was not going to perk up. But now, for the past week and a half, he has been in his own planted/heated 5g tank and is enthusiastically building a bubble nest as I type this!!
What type of coloring would you call this? Part cellophane? Or perhaps he has not come into his full color yet. My betta, Marble, had a clear tail when he was young, but it turned solid and very full. I can tell Feather's tail has mended/grown in a few spots - it was looking pretty mangled when I got him.
How's the hornwort? Is it hard to grow? Thinking of getting some for my sorority. Provides nice coverage and it looks good too! Also, my pretty females love sleeping on the plants so I'd think they'd enjoy the hornwort as well.
I really hope your betta doesn't change! He's already so beautiful. Even if he doesn't change, please post pics in a month or so and let us know how he's doing.
It's definitely not hard to grow (it grows very fast), but it takes a little patience in managing. If it stays nice, green and healthy, then just trimming and rearranging every now and then is needed. But, if parts start to turn brown, then needles will fall off and mess up the tank a bit. I had that happen in my 6.6g tank, but after a little trimming, light vacuuming, and patient suctioning, it's clean now. I have some hornwort gently anchored to the bottom, and some I keep floating. Either way, I am pretty satisfied with it. I love the look of it also!
Some people love it, and some people hate it. It's very delicate, but makes for great cover and fill-in, especially for a sorority. :)
Yes, just trimming off the brown would be a start. Just watch it closely as it acclimates, and if you notice any brown spots, trim it off before it sheds on the tank floor. The littlest green pieces grow inches within days, so save all green areas, even if very small. You are lucky your local Petsmart carries it, I had to mail order mine. My Petsmart only carries Wisteria (which I love also) and sick looking Anubias. :/