So what's up. I like fish. You do too? Awesome. I rescued this poor betta fish from my mother, aka the betta killer. She's a wonderful woman, but every fish she's ever owned dies a sad death. Her previous betta committed suicide, death by jumping out of its vase sometime last year. She went a bought a new guy from our local pet place, around 10 months ago, and stuffed him inside this small 1 gallon.. circular.. uh... glass... home. it sucks-
my uncle, her brother. gave my father, a 10+ year old fishtank towards the end of last year also. my father is equally bad at keeping fish alive. he will dump all kinds of chemicals into a tank just to keep it 'clean' & nice to look at. I can only assume that's why his fish end up dead floating around a few days later.
so he gave up on the tank, and kept it empty with no water with all of its stuff inside gravel, fake plants. & one day I come across it and come up with the brilliant idea to commandeer our new betta & put him in this awesome condo.
Boom. here it is. picture was taken. Idk. maybe february? I don't know how big it is. 4 liters per gallon.. dump 4 liters into it at a time.. takes.. 4, 5 trips. so let's say it's 5 gallons. it was great at first. this guy was loving it. I had a better light, the light you see now sucks & they've both died. but at night he would flare all around the tank & just pull that macho strut, I'm a big fish attitude. it's cute & nice to see while I'm going on about my daily life. he sits on the top end of the heater.. which you can see.... the sideways thong in the middle.. and he can hide.. in that little broken boat.. I took the plant out.. fake.. plastic.. piece of crap. maybe I should put it back in.
sitting here rambling.
let me get to the point.
I havn't seen him flare.. in so long. It's a lighting problem I think. I need a fluroescent (spelling?) bulb to put ontop of his cover. & the walls are covered in algae.
and the gravel is covered in crap. I'm also out of water conditioner. I'm cheap, and broke. I've been out of conditioner for months. going on a 5 day stretch that I havn't changed his water. I want to clean the whole tank. here's a crappy picture I just took. you can see, the green creeping up the walls, and there's more, that you can't see. & that tube.. next to the heater, is a bubble maker. dirty dirty dirty.
which is why I'm here. to ask you guys. do I throw him back in his glass home for a day or two while I clean shop? will that shock his system when I throw him back in the bigger condo with fresh water & the bacteria he's used to is gone? I've read a lot of threads that talk about over feeding & bacteria and that the food that falls to the bottom creates a mess & how gravel doesn't help. should I not keep the gravel?
just trying to improve. that quality of life. I want to get to work on it now, but I'll wait a while. see if I get any replies.. to you people. I feel silly in this thread. it's long. like I'm having a conversation with myself.
I normally do... 3/4 water change.. every 3 to 4 days, and when I feed him. I just.. dump a bunch in there. he chows down, but sometimes there are leftovers. which fall.. to the bottom, and create. whatever they do.