I just got my very first betta for my preschool class. I didn't know what I was getting into when I got it though...because then I found bettafish.com
Well, I originally started with a "betta bowl" from Walmart. It's less than a half gallon with the rocks in it and "Pearla" died in 48 hours.
Knowing what I do now, he had velvet and was close to gone when I brought him home. I went back to the shop and exchanged him, armed with the power of knowledge and realized that the tanks they kept the fish in were filthy, all connected in a long divided row (so the sick ones were just infecting all the other ones) and there were sick and even dead fish in all thier tanks. Terrible.
Luckily, I got there just as they were opening a shipment and got a beautiful purple and red one (it's body is a purple irridencent, and fins are red). A very healthy, non-contaminated one. I put him in a large vase (it holds a gallon) with a plastic plant and some marbles, planning to go to the PetSupermarket to get accessories for my 10 gallon tank. I already had the tank, but it had been our turtles until he moved into a 55 gal, and so it didn't even have gravel.
I am now in love with my PetSupermarket!! The bettas were extremely well kept. Not a single sickly fish! They had an entire section devoted to bettas, with books, tanks, tank seperators, low flow filters, warmers, live foods, etc. It was like betta mecca. I was looking at the fish when I saw the most awesome one I'd ever seen. Black body, yellow fins with black outlined. Amazing. I kept coming back to him, even though I was only looking for tank accessories. He was calling to me. I took my daughter over to the bunnies and came back again and someone had tried to hide him on the back of the shelf behind the others. I realized how much I wanted him. So I snatched him up and took him home and now I have 2!!
So, I still have #2 in the cup he came home in (I wasn't planning to get him, so I don't have anything to put him in right now) and he was watching me cook dinner. I crushed a cracker and a piece flew by him and WOW!
He chased it. LOL I'd never seen a fish do that before. So, I'm cutting up chicken and I swear to God, he's begging! Right at the top of the bowl, swimming around like "are you gonna give me some? Please please give me some."
And I'm a sucker, so I did.
He loved it, absolutely loved it. It was then I realized that maybe I shouldn't feed him raw chicken?
So, there's my story, and my question. Is it a problem that he had some raw chicken? Does anyone else ever feed thiers chicken? He seemed to know what it was so maybe he's had it before.