I finally got my betta. How long did it take my tank to cycle? Something like 2 months? If not, it felt like it.
Well I was absolutely set on a crowntail from the very beginning, even before I bought my tank. I actually tried not to look at bettas until my tank was cycled so I wouldn't get jealous lol. After it did I looked just about everyday at every store I could find that sold them. None of them really stood out to me.
My friend was meeting me for lunch and there happened to be a petland in the same shopping center so I stopped in while I was waiting for her just for a quick look. I'm not a fan of petland and I didn't have very high expectations. I glanced through their bettas and they had one crowntail who in my opinion was less than attractive. I was waiting to feel that "you're the one" moment. So I turned to walk away when another one stopped me in my tracks. It wasn't a crowntail but it really grabbed me.
I knew I couldn't bring it to lunch so I talked to my friend about it while we ate and was really paranoid someone would buy it. I rushed over after lunch and got him. I think my friend thought I was cuckoo because I told her I knew this was the one lol.
This was a couple days ago, and so far everything is going great. I named him Shadow (actually one of my friends named him that) and he's been very active. I've never seen one so lively, but then again I've never seen one that wasn't in a small bowl without a heater. He utilizes all of his 10 gallons. I'm noticing the tank does look pretty bare though. I might try my hand in live plants.
I don't know what he is. Is he just a veiltail or something else? My pictures don't really do him justice. I don't know how some of you get such good photos.