I'm new, yay!
New to the site, and new to the Betta. My daughter, who is 8, got a Betta for Christmas (don't you love grandparents?) and I'm having just a little trouble with him.
We've named him Lunch. Because, if the cats ever get a hold of him, that's what he'll be. But he's in a safe spot, so no worries :)
He's a blue Vail Betta, with purple on his belly. Really pretty. I haven't had fish in.. oh.. 10 years, but I know the basics. We have him in a 3 gallon bowl with black gravel, no plants or toys yet, need some help with that. I'm useing conditioner for the water, and we have a little (loud) heater in with him (grandma provided it, I'll get a new one that's not as loud) and he seems to be doing great! He's happy and active and eating well (bloodworms, which I got, and these dried Krill things, that grandma got him. He seems to like those better.).
The problems are:
What do I PUT in the tank? A friend said bamboo would be OK but I want to be safe about this, don't want to hurt the little guy.
I'm keeping the temp around 72 right now, because the little container thing he came in when they got him had a sticker on it that said about 72. is this right?
The big problem. His water keeps clouding. After the first night, his water was really bad. I changed half if it out that afternoon, then again the next night. It's only been 4 days and I'm already preparing to change it again tomorrow night. It can't be healthy for him, all those water changes (I'm letting the conditioned water sit for 12 hours before putting it in),
I really hate seeing it like that. The local pet shop I called said they don't need a filter, but I really have no idea what to do. Any ideas?
I probably sound like a bad person; we weren't prepared at all. We really didn't want to get a fish, but now that we have him, I don't want him dieing on us. And my daughter is enjoying him. Needless to say, the cats love watching him, but that's neither here nore there.
Oh.. one other thing. Seems my mother in law (the grandma who gave us the fish) got it at Walmart of all places. They don't sell pets in Walmarts in my part of Tennessee. They haven't in about 10 years. I don't even know if it's legal here. Thoughts on this?
Basicly, point me to Betta for Dummys and I should be ok.. just need a little help getting started. I'm not planing on letting him die that easy, but it feels like grandma gave us a white elaphant gift. More expensive to take care of then the present itself. Should I put away a "fish fund" for this?
What I have:
3 gallon bowl
black gravel (very well washed btw)
blood worms AND dried krill for food.
really loud annoying heater