I was at my cousin's wedding yesterday.
At her reception, they had Betta fish in fishbowls as centerpieces.
Afterward they were asking for people to gie them homes.
So I took one with my parent's permission.
From what I can tell it's a red veil-tailed male Betta (I can't see a white spot by the anal fin).
I have NEVER owned a Betta before. When I was little I had a goldfish that lived for 4 years.
I decided to read up on Betta fish today to make sure he's properly taken care of.
So, I have a couple questions:
I understand that they're tropical fish and need warm water. My room is always rather warm compared to the rest of the house, so the water should be fairly warm.
I have him in the fishbowl I got him in. I believe we still have the 5 gallon tank I kept my goldfish in. If we don't I'm buying him one tomorrow. But anyways- will he be okay in his bowl tonight?
Tomorrow I'm getting my dad to take me to the pet store (There's one near us that is a fish store mostly but still sells hamster stuff and crickets and things like that that I want him to take me to).
I'm going to get him a tank (If we don't have one, if I get one it will probably be a 5-gallon), some new gravel (The stuff currently in his bowl is black and red, my room is purple and turquoise, I want some that matches my room better so it doesn't look so ridiculous, plus he'll stick out better with different colored gravel), a heater, a thermometer, some tank conditioner, a few plants (Are fake ones okay? Because we tend to have snail problems when we get live ones because that store doesn't do too well with keeping live plants snail free (It's not a problem in our guppy tank because we have a snail eating fish in there)), a little castle or something like that for him to hide in, food, and a little filter to keep the water clean. Is that all I need for him, or do I need other things too?
I would like to change his water tomorrow, because I'm pretty sure he's just in tap water right now. How should I go about doing that?
I have the top covered because I read that Betta fish jump a lot. It's clingwrap with lots of little holes in it (It's really just like some netting but made out of plastic). Or will he be fine without the cover for tonight?
Basically, my most pressing question is will he be okay until tomorrow in his fishbowl?
By the way, his name is Mister Fishy.