My friend recently told me that she didn't want her betta anymore...I have had horrible luck with fish, but I try so hard to keep them happy. She said he just wouldn't die (she wasn't a very good owner) so I figured why not give it a shot?
8 Days ago she dropped him off. He was just in a small vase, and he looked so sad! There were no rocks or anything for him to enjoy! I was so excited about getting a fishy that I had told all my family, and they had generously donated a couple of toys and my parents sent down my fish tank (I'm in college,the tank was 8 hours away...my cousin just drove it here yesterday!). So, for the first week, he was chillin' in the spot of honor on my shelves, right next to my desk.
His name was originally Zelda the Third (the first two Zeldas had died, I guess) but I renamed him Al Swearingen, from the PBS series DeadWood. I had done research, and when my Al arrived he was depressed. But I talk to him every day, and play music for him when I'm not home, and he's a totally happy guy now!
When I was setting up his 5 gallon tank just for him, he was freakin' out in his little vase, and just kept swimmin' towards the tank. He just wouldn't be patient! So, after the twenty four hours of the tank just adjusting to room temperature, I plopped him in, and boy was he excited! The last few hours he's been swimmin' around, just enjoying himself...I almost got worried because he almost got stuck in a little cavey thing I got him, but he backed out. He's not at dumb as he looks (said affectionately, of course).
I'm just so excited that he's happy...I was wondering if anyone had any other ways to keep their betta happy, on a limited budget. Or what I can expect from my new best bud.