I figured since I'm on here enough anyway that I should just go ahead and make a journal about my boys :) I'll start from the date I got them rather than their age/size :)
- I got him as a baby from Petco on June 20. Only reason I went into Petco is because I'd never been in one before! Well, you all know what happens when you 'just go in to look.' Bout a half hour later I walked out with a baby betta, a 1 gallon tank, some rocks, food, and a small plant. Got home and got him settled in on my bathroom sink because it was the warmest place in my room. Since he was so small, I only had his tank filled up about halfway. After a day or so I noticed he wasn't swimming around much and just didn't seem happy. Thankfully Google brought me here and I discovered what I was doing wrong! Ran back to Petco and got a heater for the little guy and he perked right up. And that's about when I got bit with the betta bug :) And then I discovered that bettas can be picky! I went through three different foods with the silly fish before I found one that he could eat easily. And things have gone awesome since then. He's such a sturdy lil fish - he's gone through a lot of mistakes with me and has done so well with everything! From not having a heater for a few days (in a house kept at 66 degrees mind you), to me bumping him on the head with a net and scraping off a few scales during a water change, to accidentally snagging his anal fin on something and ripping it all the way up, unstable temperatures for a while due to an overactive 7.5 watt mini heater, and probably more things than I can name lol Today he's grown quite a bit and is a lovely blue/turquoise color with a black head, and red tints in his fins. He's my first betta success and while I love all my boys, he's got a super special place in my heart :)
-I was absolutely not expecting to get Gaston at all. I was on 'vacation' (meaning my boss was on vacation and his son was going out of state with his mom, so I should clear out too) so I went back to my parents for about 10 days. On August 2nd, Mom needed to get something from Walmart, so I offered to go with. Was walking aimlessly around and walked by the fish to see if they had any different decorations than Petco did, because I was planning on upgrading Alaric's 1 gallon for a 5 gallon my mom had had sitting in the basement for a while. I walked by the pitiful selection of bettas in dirty water, when a relatively healthy and vibrant looking orange pineapple veil tail caught my eye. And that was it. I was done for lol Snatched him up and a 3/4 gallon critter keeper as a temporary home. Upon closer examination I saw he had some fin rot on his tail :( So I stopped at the better stocked tiny family owned pet store on my way home to grab some stress coat for him, hoping that clean warm water would do the trick. Well that week was when summer decided to not be summer anymore and it got unseasonably cold! I couldn't keep the temp up in his critter keeper - but luckily I had a 50W heater that I bought for Alaric's new tank with me, and a large plant, so I set up the 5 gallon for him. He was fine in there for about a day, loved his new plant and probably the warm water too. And then... he just kind of... broke. I don't know. He stopped swimming around and was resting on the suction cup that holds the heater to the wall, floating lifelessly at the top, or laying on the rocks on the bottom. He wouldn't even move when I tapped my finger on the glass in front of him. I really thought he was going to die :( No one could offer me an explanation for his behavior except for that he was probably stressed. For nearly 48 hours I was stressing out over this silly fish... And then it was like someone hit an 'on' switch and he was back to, what I knew as, normal. Swimming around happily and eating with gusto :) And now he's probably my most feisty and lively betta. He will jump for his food if I don't drop it in there quick enough, he loves to flare at things and is an avid and active swimmer :) We're still working on the fin rot though, it got a bit worse and when I saw it was showing up on his anal fin, I decided to take action with some aquarium salt. I'm really hoping this will clear it up for him so he can get back to his 5 gallon mansion and continue loving life there :)
Today in the 1 gal, on day 5 of probably 10 of AQ salt-
- this little guy was also a spur of the moment purchase lol My boss's 10 year old daughter, G, was visiting for the weekend last weekend and was absolutely enthralled with Alaric and Gaston. She loves pets, and asked if we could go to Petco to walk around. Sure, whats the harm in walking around Petco? On August 16, we get there and of course she makes a beeline for the fish, specifically the bettas. "Are these like the ones you have at home?" she asked, so I explained yes, and helped her distinguish between some tail types and color patterns. They had just gotten a new shipment in so they were all looking good and healthy and in clean water. And since this is a college town and college is starting up again they had gotten in a TON of bettas. On one side of the display they had literally stacks of baby bettas, one on top of the other. In the farthest back stack in the 2nd cup from the bottom was this teeny tiny little double tailed baby, maybe 5/8 of an inch long, including his tails. Oh snap. He was just crying out to me "Take me home!" and so was G beside me "Oh you have to take him home he's so cute! He needs a good home!" So $90 later (tank, rocks, decor, heater, etc - they're expensive little buggers if you don't already have the stuff for them lol) I walked out with a 2 dollar fish and all the necessary accouterments. She was very helpful in setting up the tank, I tried to explain to her why we condition the water before we put it in and why the water has to be warm, and just some general info. She seemed pretty captivated :) And that's how I got Midget. That's not his name. I'm fairly certain it's a male as I've checked a few times for ovaries and I can't see anything behind his stomach. But until I think of a proper name for him, Midget he is :) He doesn't really have any color yet, but he has a blue iridescence about him if the light is just right :)
Today in his new tank, he's hovering in back over his plant-
- Now Pascal wasn't a planned purchase either haha Yesterday, August 20, the light bulb in my 1 gal hospital tank burned out so I was going to pick up a replacement. Well apparently between Friday and yesterday they got yet another shipment of bettas in. Walking by them there was this GORGEOUS green dragon scale betta who I fell in love with. I calculated my resources and counted in the two $5-off coupons I had for Petco and decided I could buy a small tank for him, a plant, a cave, and a heater and still be fine financially. So I grabbed everything I needed, scooped up the dragon scale and was walking to the register, when I suddenly turned back around and grabbed his neighbor. A beautiful and truly 'rainbow' fish. The guy has light blue, dark blue/purple, green, turquoise, red, orange, pink, and white on him.
Today in his new digs-
The pictures I have of him just do not do him justice! He didn't seem very happy in his 2 gallon tank, and actually somehow managed to get part of his tail fin stuck between two rocks and ripped out a good chunk (poor guy!) and I realized that he was just too cramped in there. So today I played 'musical aquariums' lol I moved the baby out of his 2 gallon round tank with craptastic lighting, back into his cup and into Gaston's empty but heated 5 gallon to float for a bit. Then I packed that tank up and returned it to Petco and exchanged it for a 5 gallon and a bag of rocks. Brought it home and was getting it set up, when I saw that the bottom had a crack in it! Ugh! So I lugged it back to Petco, exchanged it for another one (which the manager opened up for me to make sure it wasn't cracked) and came home and got it set up. Since Gaston isn't in his regular tank at the moment, I took the heater out of there and put it in Pascal's. And he's happily swimming about in his new digs :) I'm hoping that with a little TLC and clean water that the missing chunk of his tail fin will grow back perfectly :)
Pascal hasn't been wanting to eat anything, which I know is normal for a new fish. I thought I'd see if I could entice him with a couple of frozen bloodworms - and huzzah! He ate 3! I didn't want to push him, so I'll try a pellet or two again tomorrow and if he still refuses that I'll bring out the bloodworms again :) Midget is also swimming animatedly around his new tank :) Alaric is excited because he got half a bloodworm that Pascal didn't want, and Gaston is well... just Gaston. He actually jumped out of the water last night and bit my finger when I didn't drop his pellet quick enough! Cantankerous lil guy <3
That's about all for today I think - if anyone reads this, feel free to suggest a name for Midget. I'd like to stick with the theme of 6 letters - that's my only requirement :) Ones I've thought about were Mickey, Seamus, Barney, and Tarzan. What do you think?