Okay, I can't believe I did it.. I said I wouldn't, but I did. Today I drove the extra three miles to go to the different Walmart with a fish section (to price filters) and bought a Betta. THey had the pretty healthy looking ones on a shelf and the tore up sickly looking ones in a cabinet in the dark. (I snoop like crazy at these places). Anyhow I snagged an employee and asked what would happen to him. She shrugged and said she thought those ones were going back to the company. I translated that to mean they were being left in the dark old water to die so they could be replaced with intact fish. SOOOOO, I took pictures and will be forwarding those to a boss of someone (the big tanks were HORRIBLE). And I picked out this little guy. At the store his fins looked totally shredded and the top and bottom wouldn't unfurl. He seems to have adjusted well to his temporary home. I'm thinking I'll do water changes every other day until I can get him situated in something larger than the 1 gallon he's in right now. This one was set up, cycled and ready, so he landed there.
This will be my first trip into Betta land and I have ready a lot but I have one... maybe three simple questions....
1) Is there Betta food or can he eat the tropical variety my other guys get?
2) would he eat or maim my tiny livebearer fry if I put him in their tank? It's a 10 gallon, there are 7 fry. Otherwise he's going to the 2.5 gallon tank.
3) What are some tricks to rehabbing these guys? Is there something special I could put in to help him regrow his fins or help his color? An Ideal decor?