Hello there guys! I'm Elijah.
A week ago my friend and I went out shopping at a Meyers, and while we were ogling over the bettas they had on display, she decided she needed to have one.
A couple days later, she has two, and I've got two gifty bettas and tanks and fake plants and gravel and such for mine, too. At first we both had 1/2 gallon bowls, and then it was decided they were too small to decorate, so we got 1 gallon ones for our fishies on another visit.
And well, this is where my luck runs short. lol C: We both decided to finally look up a bit about our new pets-- partially for me because I'd actually been told before that bettas would not like having too much room in a tank and was worried that I'd be stressing out my little fish for the sake of wanting a decoration in there with him. Oh, the irony of the entire situation. lol
So of course we both find that bettas actually need heating, space, and the like. Well, my friend went out right away and got two 10 gals and filters and heaters and little friends for her fish. My friend has a job and I don't though, and I haven't been able to upgrade.
Currently I've got one betta in a 1.19 gallon plastic... multi-purpose pet holder. It listed it's self in gallons so I assume it wants to believe it can hold animals that need water, too. Ianos, the pretty boy in my avatar, is quite happy. He was from Petco and he's very bright and alert. He swims right to the top when I come over to feed him and is pretty active.
The other, Leonardis, has been pretty stressed since I took him out of the half gallon bowl. In there he was blowing bubbles and eating happily-- when I moved him to the one-gallon bowl he started attacking the sides of the glass, trying to swim out all the time, and refusing to eat, hiding, resting at the bottom of the bowl. It's a walmart bowl though and the glass visibly distorts the outside world weirdly, so I decided to take a chance and washed out a 1 and 1/2 gallon tupperware that's been holding yu-gi-oh chards I stopped collecting years ago. It's shallower but has more space. He's since stopped trying to knock himself silly on the sides of his home, but he's still skittish about eating food, and stays at the bottom a lot, or resting on the plastic floaty plants near the top.
Does anyone have cheap improv ideas that I might be able to use to help my fish? I feel sort of bad, because if I'd realized they weren't as easy of a pet as they'd been sold to be, I wouldn't have taken them home.
Feeding; Hikari Betta Bio-Gold pellets
Using Tetra BettaSafe to make tap water okay for them
Running a space heater to keep my room toasty for them (water is at about 72 degrees)
Doing 50% water changes every day for both.
Considering my lack of money and resources, is there anything else I can do? Anything I ought to be doing different? What's the most important thing I should save for at this point? I feel like a terrible owner already, but then I think at least Leo isn't in half a cup of water at walmart with like 15 dead fish around him anymore. :C