I always wanted a Betta fish, they are so beautiful.
I lost my new Betta today. I am terribly upset. I am a new fish owner and am totally confused about why he might have died. I have read so many sites and all have completely different info and sometimes opposite opinions on Betta fish care.
I went to Petco (supposed to be a reputable source) about 4 weeks ago to get my first betta and get a crash course on Betta care from the professionals right? I picked my beautiful boy "Razmataz" because he had the least amount of water in his tiny cup. He only had about an inch! I felt bad for him and wanted to give him a good home! I bought him a 2 gallon fish bowl, a live plant a small castle along with the natural gravel they sell. The fish keeper said he didn't need a bowl that big but I got it anyways. I asked him if he needed a heater and he said NO. He said they keep them all in plastic cups here and never with a heater. He said they didn't need one. He told me they needed a water change every week and showed me the betta fish pellets. He said they need a water conditioner or use bottled spring or drinking water.
I brought Raz home and set up his bowl using bottled spring water. I made sure I rinsed the bowl and decor well before adding the water. I acclimated him to the new water making sure he was used to the water temp before introducing him to the bowl. He seemed to LOVE his new home. He swam around and was very active and did well for the first three weeks. He hated the pellets and I ended up feeding him dried blood worms (which he loved) and flakes (he didn't like as much but ate them). I fed him only every other day and changed his water once a week (every weekend).
This last week he started acting real lethargic, not swimming around and not moving alot. He stayed at the top of the tank only. There were a bubbles at the top of the water before I changed his water the last time.
I never went more than 7 days before I changed his water. He wouldnt eat much the last week and wouldnt eat at all the last three days, and he was an aggressive eater before.
We keep the house quite warm (almost too warm for us). And I caught my cat drinking out of the fish bowl the other day.
Could he have already been sick when I got him? Did I do something wrong? Could the cat drinking out of the bowl introduced bad bacteria?
Also I put in a new larger castle about 12 days ago. Could the castle have had some bad substance on it? I rinsed it very well.
Could the live plant have been bad? Every time I changed the water I had to remove yellow leaves.
I am nervous to try again!
Here is a pic of Razmataz healthy!