I am no stranger to forums, but I am very nice face here. I have been a betta fan since I was a young girl. I am an extreme animal lover, and since my college bound horse couldn't fit in my college dorm I opted for a betta. He has been dubbed Orville and is approximately a year and half old. He is an exceptional companion in a tiny dorm room. However, lately after a series of illnesses I am worried about transporting my little guy home for upcoming Thanksgiving and later Winter break.
I attend school two hours away. I do my best to keep my betta stationed in my dorm room and have my roommate take care of him when I'm gone for a weekend. However, this upcoming breaks are a week or more long and therefore I cannot leave my guy behind. Last year I wasn't so worried about transporting him. I have a rather large mug that is narrower at the bottom and wider towards the top. The bottom fits perfectly in my cup holder and the water stays very stagnate. I did attempt to place him in a larger container and cushion him on the floor of my car but the journey seemed to bumpy. However, I feel that the stress from his last time to my college really compromised his system. Within the past month he has been treated for both velvet and an internal bacteria infection which resulted in a large pink bump under his jaw.
He has thankfully recovered and back to his bubbly self, and I have extremely careful with his water. I have continued to do weekly water changes of gradually replacing around 30 percent.
He lives in a 2.5 gallon tank and does not have any tank mates. The water is heated but not filtered.
I was wondering if you guys had an suggestions about better ways to transport him to and from school. I would leave him with someone here to pet sit but the entire campus is required to leave during these breaks. I want to do my very best to avoid him getting ill again.
This is Orville in his little tank. This picture is about a year old and since then his decor has been upgraded to cave and multiple plants.