So, apparently, i was cruel. My husband (much to my dismay) decided to allow our children (ages 1-11) try to win a goldfish last October. I was so mad. I knew the fish would die. So as not to spend alot of money on a fish I felt would not survive, I purchased a 1 gallon tank and filter. The fish was listless before we put it in the tank, and died within 2 hours. As my children were upset, - sent him out for another fish, after purchasing water softeners. Etc. Her brought home Clyde, a betta fish.
Clyde thrived until 2 weeks ago, and he passed away. I purchased another betta, Apollo. Then my filter died. I was so fish-stupid, i don't even know the model. Apollo was already in the tank. I called the aquarium store (a mom and pop operation that has been in business since 1964). The filter was too stroing. - decided then, to purchase a 5 gallon kit from Wal-Mart, figuring that if the filter I had purchased decided to die, I had an extra.
Then I actually READ about betta fish. Too late? I hope not. I thiink my kids even think I'm crazy with the amount of time I spend entertained by this fish. So, we cycle the tank. Have the water tested. All is good. Temp sits at 76. Before I add Apollo, I also have in mind adding 1 or 2 other community fish who could coexist with a betta. But wait. What I read was I need a heater. 76-82 degrees. Yes, my temp is within that range NOW, but what if it gets colder?
Anyway, i now purchase. 30-watt Deep Blue submerisble heater. 12 hours in and my temp reads 88 degrees. Too hot. I'm now not even concerned about adding any other fish. I want Apollo to live in his new habitat. I thought I did everything right. The heater is supposed to keep a temp pf 78-80 degrees. Now, my husband thinks I am insane for caring about a $4 fish, and my kids are mad that the fish isn't in his new tank.
I like my fish. $4 or not, I did not do all of this for him to die due to lack of education. Please help. He's still in his 1 gallon, unfiltered tank and thriving. But I want desperately to move him successfully.
Do I need the heater (designed for 5-10 gallon tanks)? What is my next step?
Edited to add, please excuse my grammar etc - I am posting on a not-always-cooperative phonr.