My names Cat and I just got myself a Betta. Been lurking on your site for the past 3 days or so, and finally decided to make an account! It was inevitable:D
So I've had fish most of my life but for the past while I've been 'fishless'. Five years back my hubby and I gave up the condo in Toronto and set out on an RV to travel North America. I've heard of people taking their fish before but it never seemed like a good idea to me!
During our travels we took our cat, cockatiel, bearded dragon and hermit crabs....all well traveled and love life on the road. Since arriving back in Toronto we decided to get a little studio condo to stay at for the summer we are here and for the cold month before we take off again and when we come back
It's half for my mineral makeup business as well....needed the room to expand...so we'll be here a lot....and a Betta was on my mind from the beginning....
Soooo I used to have a Betta years ago, who committed suicide on Christmas day. It was traumatizing....I cried my eyes out. It was a beautiful red guy, and he left red marks all over the wall and counter from where he was flipping around before he passed. It was HORRIFIC....traumatizing....I get tears in my eyes thinking about it
So I was surprised that I went out the other day and got myself a beautiful blue and green/teal guy (with a touch of red on the lower fins!)....thinking I'd never get one again. And then I found this forum and realized I had NO IDEA how to care for a Betta in the past. My past Betta was living in a large vase with bamboo sticks, no heater, etc etc.
So anyway, I got this one with a small Marina tank, half a gallon and then I read this site and decided on a bigger tank. I have a Biorb on order (I know, stupid expensive and stuff, but I just loved the look!) and I should receive it in a week.
HOWEVER, the other day I managed to crack the little Marina tank....so now my little guy is in a tall and rather large Ikea vase. I am not sure if he likes it though. In the first tank, he seemed so happy, making bubble nests and floating all around. In the vase, there are NO bubble nests and he is just racing up and down the vase (it is quite tall). At first we thought maybe he liked all the space to fly up and down, but after watching him today, I am not quite sure....sometimes he REALLY jets, like acting real spastic. One time he even crashed into the gravel. Other times it's slower and more controlled. I am getting tired just watching him, lol!
Can anyone shed light on this? Is he seeing his reflection? Is he stressed?
I am keeping his water super clean with changes everyday just like I was doing in the old tank. He's eating fine....but I did notice that he has a bit of tail rot....very slight. Likely due to the terrible petsmart conditions I'm thinking. I picked up the right medication for this (starts with an M, I forget now) and will give that to him tomorrow morning....as I want to see if he calms down first.
Any insight would be great! Thanks in advance