I would get a heater as soon as possible. is there a room in your house that is warmer than others? I myself have a room next to the door where the heating for the whole house runs, it's a nice constant 80ish. When I first got baby bettas, I didnt have a heater, so I would keep them in there.
what are you using the heat the tank right now?
I really don't want to say, buy a heater immediately or it will die! because it probably wont... but it wont be good for the little guy's health either :/
I guess it's up to you :) but for now try to aimfor 76-78 as a minumum.... when that heater comes you can slowly notch it up over a couple of hours to 82F... then go higher if you want to.
Another important thing, make sure the thermometer is accurate!!!
Hey just noticed your response aemaki09!! Thanks I am super serious I really just want him/her to be happy and comfy!! Anyway I'm feeding it dried worms and I bought pellets today but they were way too big for its mouth! The brand is omega one? The conditioner I got is API, I already put the conditioner in the spring water so I'll dump it out and put tap, so what about 10 drops then?? Thanks again ;)
Oh yeah, omega one is huge!! If you can, save those for later, and go back to petco and get the NLS small fish or hikari micro pellets. I use the hikari since they are cheaper and babies dont stay this small for long, but the NLS is a better quality.
if it says a certain amount of drops per gallon, what are the drops? 7? you dont need to dump it out, just saying, you might as well save money adn do that for your next change.
As for the heater dillema, I wouldnt stress going until friday without a heater, (s)he will be fine without it, but if you have the money to spend on an extra, you might as well grab it in the morning. It's always a good idea to have a spare lying around anyways :)
I've got Omega One and I'm crushing them with the back of a spoon, seems to work just fine. I was told Hikari is not good anymore, since they changed their formula. And my Petco had NLS Betta Formula and Small Fish. Should I buy that instead? What about Hikari Bio-Pure Baby Brine Shrimp? That's the only BBS I could find, and it's frozen (I think).
It should be totally fine to get the NLS grow or small fish formular. My baby got used to the size and still eats them now even though he's adult sized now. The other option is to crush the omega one. Omega one is a pretty good brand too ^_^
I would hold off on the dried worms until they are older :D especially since they are not as nutritious~
Rescued a baby two nights ago... his fins were clamped up and he was living in an absolutely filthy cup, so I decided to risk taking him home to see if doing water changes would help. Sure enough, he started perking up overnight after swimming around erratically with his clamped fins when I brought him home, and by the second evening when I moved him into a larger tank his fins had unfurled. I've been feeding him a lot of crushed pellet and blood worm in hopes of getting him nice and plump. :D
I'm treating the water with salt right now because it looks like he has a teeny bit of fin rot going on. I'm not surprised since he was swimming and resting in filth.