I brought another betta home...here's the scoop.
I went to the petstore to get bird food for one of my parrots, and as always briefly looked over the bettas. There were several that were in bad shape...I feel so bad for them. 3 crowntails I saw had been tail biting and several others were just sickly. But this one guy, a nice sized VT....I saw him and immediately my brain went "Oh no!". He was so pathetic looking and was having some difficulty swimming it seemed. His little cup was just filthy and he was looking at me with these pleading eyes...He is a peach color with some red/orange on his fins. He has the potential to be a really beautiful fish provided he pulls through! When I first picked him up, it looked like he may have a fungus of some sort, but now that he is out of that cup, it was just junk that had settled on him. Every time I walked by him he made the effort to swim around his little cup! I debated with myself as I need another betta right now like I need a hole in my head...Why do I have to be so tender hearted?! So, I walked around the store a bit more, got the things I needed, then went back to him. I have a 1.5 gal tank ( a little Aqueon that I need to find the top for now) that I have some of my small java ferns in to keep them going...Well, I just rearranged that and it is now his temporary home. I had an extra heater floating around, but I don't have a filter. I figured since he is so long finned, and the tank is small, (a filter would just cause issues with his tail) that I'll just maintain the tank with frequent water changes. What's another small tank added to my cleaning list?
I just couldn't resist....*sigh* So, in addition to my bird food, I bought another thermometer, an anubis plant and the new fish.
When I first got him home, I immediately changed half the water in his little cup, and he perked up immensely.
Now, enough with my rambling, here's some photos!
Here's him in his cup.
And in his new home.
He perked up SOO much after putting him in here. He's patrolling like crazy, and swims up to the glass every time I walk by!
He's hard to get pics of...he's so happy right now he won't sit still! haha...I'll get better ones once he's calmed down and settled in.