I have been picking up info from this forum for a few months now and just decided to join. Just 3 days ago my betta fish that I had for 3 years, Roy, jumped out of his new 5 gal tank. He had done it before (on V-day) but luckily he did it when I was around and he wasn't out for more than 30 seconds, although he took about a 4' fall! I didn't even know but my gf saw and started freaking out and scooped him up real quick, lol. Well the second time he must have done it right after I went to bed because in the morning I couldn't find him in the tank. I looked for about 10 mins and finally found him in a corner all dried up and stuck to the carpet. I heard bettas can survive for some time out of water, even if they appear dead...but he looked pretty dead.
So I just called it and buried him in the backyard.
Needless to say the same day I went to petsmart and picked out/rescued another betta. He's a crowntail and his name is Charlie. He's young and growing and eats like a piggy :) He's in a cycled fluval chi 5 gal tank with a built in cube filter and an jager eheim 50w heater kept at 79-80 degrees.
This is my first real aquarium. I feel like I have the science behind keeping the aquarium in good shape down pretty good. Every sunday I use the gravel vac to clean the substrate surface, never taking more than 30% of the water out, treat new water with stress coat, add a little stress zyme and a drop of aquarisol. I added aquarium salt a while ago and read that it doesn't need to be continuously added because it doesn't evaporate. Sound good so far? If I'm doin something wrong or missing something let me know.
Charlie seems pretty happy...as I'm watching him right now he's swimming all around, he like to explore the bottom of his tank and go inside the pineapple/squidward houses and wiggle between the grass and he likes to rest on the sand
Aaaany way, I would like to find out a way to fit this aquarium with a top. Charlie doesn't seem like a jumper but I would just like to have the peace of mind. Any thoughts about what I could do? Would it be expensive to take the measurements to Lowes or Home Depot and have them cut some plexi-glass? What about using floating plants to lay on top of the water as a deterrent to jumping? I thought that would be cool as the live plants would have benefits and may be less expensive (?) And then I don't know what plants to get and how to take care of them really...
Any thoughts would be appreciated :) Sorry about the long post :p