This is not the first betta I've owned, so I know now these fish need love and special care. My first died when I was on vacation, and there was a blackout during a heatwave. The subletter couldn't rescue poor Clyde.
Hank the Tank lasted for four years before I gave him to a friend who had kept them before, and he lived another two. I was driving to Canada with a U-Haul, and two cats were already a handful. I doubted Henry would make the trip.
I was reluctant to buy another betta, but they had them in the grocery store by the produce in those dirty little cups, and I felt I had to rescue one. Now I've got a beautiful red fish named Raoul, and he's happy in his new home. But I need some advice, because he's even quirkier than my last two bettas.
He is in a classic vase set up, but he has clean water, rocks, some oyster shells and a few bamboo stalks. The rocks are all smooth, and I have them arranged so Raoul can sleep in a little cave or dive down under a tunnel. He is very active and curious, and he has been busy blowing bubble nests. At first, he wouldn't eat, but now he eats his Hikari Bio-Gold pellets. I suspect he has caught some mosquitos, as well.
Eventually I will get him a 1.5 gallon tank. But already, he is catching some kind of fungus. It's very faint, and I hope to nip it in the bud. It looks like salt crystals by his head spreading down his body on one side as a white film. His fins are fine. But I have no idea what this is or how to treat it. Hopefully, one of you will recognize the symptoms and have some experience.
The water I am using is Canadian spring water from Amaranth Township, ON. It has some mineral salts in it already, but I added a small pinch of Eden Sea Salts. It is hand-harvested French Celtic salt from marshes in Brittany. I would imagine it is very good for a fish. His water is 82 degrees. Sometimes when it gets hot, I put an ice cube in a Ziplock bag and float it in his bowl. He loves that and rubs his face against it.
But any advice from you more experienced betta parents would be great! I look forward to meeting you.