I have been "stalking" the boards for about a week or so, and have learned SO much!!! Thank You All!!!
History: Started with 4 goldfish about 3 years ago......Dirty little guys! All died one by one...
Waited about 6 months, and got a Male VT....was red, blue and purple, his name was Tye-Dye.....Ty for short.....Ty ended up with a messed up swim bladder, and being a newbie, had no CLUE that there are meds for such things....Sadly, Ty died....
He was such a cool little fish, and we had him for about 10 months.....I still miss his cool little personality.
So fast Forward to last Tuesday...I still had the set up from the previous souls, and my son has been begging us for a cat or dog...(not possible right now).
So, Betta's are pretty easy to care for, (I thought) and we were off to get a Beta fish for him!
We picked out "Sky Blue" a Male CT, and brought him home! My son was UBER excited!!!
I had him in the same 1.6 gallon tank we had originally bought for the goldfish...(didn't know then about the 1 fish per gallon rule...)
So, we got him set up, (no heater, no filter) Boiled all the old stuff we had, and rinsed the old tank really well with HOT water!
Sky Blue wouldn't eat, was really lethargic, and I had to change his water 2 x's from Tuesday to Sunday! Yikes!!! It was making me so sad.....(and him too I'm sure!)
I am happy to say, that by reading these boards, Sky Blue is now the proud, and EXTREMELY happy owner of his NEW 10 gallon tank, complete with heater, bubble bar, filter, new silk plants, and thermometer!! He swims all over the place, stretching his fins, and finally ate last night when we got him in his new tank......Bloodworms.....Yummy!( Betamin flakes too!)
I just read the thread on the baffle, and will def. be making something, since the filter that came in the "kit" blows him all over!
I'm so sad that I was so ignorant in the beginning. It's really true, you should DEF. do your research FIRST! (I will never again listen to people that work in Pet store's....)The guy I talked to yesterday was trying to tell me to only feed Sky once a week? And they are OK in a small bowl, and don't need a heater.......Needless to say, Sky and myself, are MUCH happier NOT listening to that guy! I went with my gut!
Thanks Again Everyone!!!!!
Below are some pics.....The first one is Sky when we first got him in old tank..The second on is the old sad 1.6 gallon tank. The third is Sky's new home, and the last one is HAPPY SKY!