So, my poor betta Pickwick finally died last night after suffering way too long with an illness I could apparently do nothing about.... :( I honestly think he had a tumor. Looking up pictures of other bettas with tumors seemed to confirm.
So my husband brought me to Petsmart today...a new location, and their bettas looked HORRIBLE. At least five were dead (and they weren't carrying many of them, I'd say 25) and one DT had swim bladder. I informed one of the employees, but not the woman in charge of the fish section, because I doubt she cared. Their cups were filthy.
But I found this beautiful boy. He's stressed and definitely needs some TLC, but I'm wondering if he might be the Mustard Gas I've been dreaming of for so long. All the way home in the car I was watching him flash these pretty oilslick colors. Forgive the quality of the photos; I tried.
No name yet:
Can't wait to see what happens when I get him in some clean, warm water and he colors up.
First though I need to temporarily house him in a 1 gallon plastic bowl I also picked up while I make sure my 2.6 gallon is disinfected with bleach. Anyone know what ratio bleach to water I should use in something that size? How many passes? And when will it be okay to add my new boy? (I'm also throwing away all the decorations that belonged to Pickwick just in case he had something I couldn't identify.)