>_< Okay, I am an idiot for listening to them. I was at the pet store the other day and the man in the fish department was lecturing me on bettas and it seems like everyone has their own tips and advice on how to properly care for these cool creatures. Well, when I went in there, their bettas were all in separate fish bowls, not one was in a small plastic container so that made me feel a little more trustful. And the caretaker was really cool and had logical sounding advice...'cept it was, like, WRONG!
My main questions were fish that are compatible with bettas. I informed the guy that my betta is in a 15 gal. tank and by himself with a heater and filter. The guy told me that that was waaaay too much for him and the size of the tank could leave him stressed out because he has to work so hard to reach the surface for air and what not. It all made sense to me but I also have an air pump to help out with that =\ Anyway, he talked me into removing my betta from the tank and back into the bowl.
He was doing fine up until today when I started noticing ich on his body. His water was too cold obviously so I moved him back into the tank. Do I need medication to remove the ich actually? Or is the change in temperature taking care of it?
Now that he's back in his tank he is feeling much better I can see. He is swimming around, more energetic, and most importantly, warm. But what a jerk telling me that the betta would be fine in a regular bowl. I don't understand it. My aunt has a betta living in a vase and he's been alive for years and they leave their windows open and everything. And that thing has never been sick or died. It doesn't make sense to me! Ich was what killed my last betta and I felt so terrible and ignorant in what causes it. I'm not listening to pet store clerks anymore. They just want money. x.x he was like you should just keep bettas in bowls and use your tank to put more fish inside! Bahh...