Would like you to meet Drax! My First Betta!
The picture was taken with my Cellphone which does Drax no justice (Will try to get much better shots later)! He is a handsome Lavender color which deepens near the top of the head. His two long Ventral fins are bright Red with white tips. His Pectoral fins have a hint of green/blue. His Dorsal, Caudal, and Anal fins first start dark blue then slowly fade from lavender, to finally an almost red edge.
Might as well explain a few things about myself...
I'm a junior in college, living in a Dorm and always stressed out to near freak out mode. Studying to become a Graphic Artist, and Artist in general (Hence my LOVE of Drax's coloration)
Yeah enough about me, sure you all want to hear about how and why I have a Betta in my Dorm Room, and my location because many of you are surely shaking your heads going. "Goodbye Drax, you have about a week..."
At my Dormitory they had a 'Fishing For Diversity'... thing which consisted of grabbing a vase and selecting many many colored rocks or spoon fulls of gravel to fill the bottom of your vase with. Each type of gravel and or Rock had a post-it under it with lines like. "I come from a Middle Class Family." or "...High Class Family.", going all the way too... "I am a native English Speaker." (Bout 30 types of .... stuff, nothing sharp or metal, just plastics).
The students who had gotten vases (Were limited) then were given a Betta. (Don't worry, I had rinsed out the vase and had rinsed off the stones and gravel, the water in the vase is Spring Water.) We were also given care sheets and a container of Betta Fish flakes. (All Free btw)
I have read over your site for the past few hours and already I feel so bad for Drax! So I already know that I should give the little guy a bigger container... Which I shall do within the next few days.
Next, The reason his colors seem so faded is he was being backlit by my DeskLamp. Reason? ... St. Louis in December. My room is near the end of the Dorm, I have the Thermostat at 90F but... it's only 60F, probably even a little less! My friend who was with me told me she used to keep Betta's at around 60F and they lived up to 3 years... but she was also from an area that 60F inside is the COLDEST it would get. Honestly I think the Temp in my room just went down again... I got a shiver.
So how would I (For the Next Few Days till I got home for the weekend) keep Drax as warm as possible! Supplies... I'm an Art Student so if you suggest something Odd that works... I probably have it haha.
Worst comes to worst I could call one of my friends who live in one of the so called 'Hot Rooms' and have her look after him.
Why do I care so much about a fish I got for Free just a few hours ago?
Because he's really my first ever pet.
When I was little, me and my brothers had fish... Goldfish, some other ones... but my parents did most if not ALL of the work.
Have a dog at home whose 15yrs old... but she's TECHNICALLY my older brothers dog.
So Drax is really MY first pet. When I got called my name and given his little container, which was VERY small compared to the vase. He didn't do much while many other fish seemed so much more vibrant, and colorful. Drax seemed dull. Was walking back to my room, a little upset I got a sad probably ill fish, I heard a splash. Was almost like night and day, already Drax has shown such a fun personality! Then later when I put the light (To keep him warm) on him I saw just how intricate his coloring was. So... could I call him a Veiled Lavender Dragon? (His Body scales are much lighter than his fins coloring)
He likes to stare at me, and when I was surfing this site for more care info he was then looking at my laptop screen. I think he has sensitive hearing or... motion sense since my cellphone was just one vibrate and it sent him in a Frenzy when it vibrated on the table. Like a dog he follows the food I'm holding (I show it to him then slowly move it to the top of the vase and give it to him.)
Also normally I should be ripping my hair out by now from stress (Slight Exaggeration). I seem so relaxed just watching Drax lazily motor about and then dart around when something interests him. Haha he was looking around just now, looked at me for a moment now he's watching me type... Are Betta's smart fish or are all fish like this?
Bottom-line, I love animals, I love anything colorful, and I love Eastern Culture about Fighting Fish.
So I just want to know how to keep the poor little guy from getting too cold. For the next few days.
Also just to remind you that I am aware of it (I noticed it's a big buzz word) I am aware that a Vase is not 2.5 Gallons or 5 Gallons, but I'll probably fix that this weekend. At the moment he seems content, not sitting at the bottom, or hovering at the top to get the heat. Just calmly floating around the middle of the vase going up and down every now and then just curiously looking around my dorm room.
Also (If you think I write too much you should try talking to me in Real Life, I'm ever worse haha.) What do the fin orientations mean? Like with dog ears, when their popped up straight it means their alert, and when they are down and back it means their uncomfortable. So with Drax, having his fins up and out means? and down means? Seems like he can't really make up his mind which way he wants them.....
Ok just saw the oddest thing... he was yawning (Can fish yawn?) since his mouth opened alot wider then when he just... opens it for the sake of it. And two bubbles popped out of his gills when he closed his mouth, where he then darted up to the surface for air.
Anyway sorry for the small thesis on why a Nervous/Overworked/Paranoid/Artist CAN'T try to explain something in simple "My room is cold please help!" I'm a writer, got a give you all the sides, that I just sort of got Drax, quickly grew fond of him, and don't want my first (I have full Responsibilities) pet to get sick or well... be in pain.
But any... *Stops self from typing* Ok I think you have WAY More than enough info to go on...