Okay, so this is reeaaally early and- Oh it's 1:56am where I am, so it's early in many ways... Anyway, my mom saw the Fluval Chi and she adored it. She's losing her vision (She's had a worse life than anyone I've ever met so if you're the praying sort I'd appreciate the nod in her direction) and the simplistic look of the Chi really seemed to speak to her. She is an int- WAS an interior decorator and used to have a big 250 gallon aquarium and she raised me to throw paint on walls so I was surprised.
The more I look at it, the more I must admit that it's a very nice look. She'd never have people telling her it was messy or having to worry about not seeing the fish- she loves animals. If she missed noticing the fish getting sick it'd crush her. Seriously, she saves spiders. A dog bit her once and he still took him in and told people "I understand him. He's just seen the worst in people and needed to be able to do that without getting kicked to the curb again."
So her birthday is August 31st and I thought this would be a good gift to save up for (I'll let her pic the fish, I just want to get the tank set up so I only need a 90% water change, which I'll use to also move the tank wherever she wants it. The problem is some of the reviews I've seen.
She knows bettas can't be kept in little filter-free .7 gallon tanks because she's been learning along with me with my rescue betta. Bettas are new territory for her since she had always heard the bad rumors, and because she fell in love with salt water fish. I can promise those concerned that she would love the betta and I could easily set up it's area so she'd know which container was food and which was medicine and that she'd watch for behavior changes. She does have some vision, after all. She has MS, so her vision is deteriorating, and I guess it's fading out in some areas more than others. She noticed Bo's hurt fin before I did. I can also swear to you that if she ever did lose her vision to the point where she could not see the fish well enough to care for it, that I'd step right in and take over and even hire a maid/fish keeper ... once I get monies. Until then, the fish would still be card for.
Teal Deer time: My mom loves the Fluval Chi. Some reviews I've read suggest that it's best to have real plants with it so the water stays in better condition.
Anyone have this tank?
Is the little box at the bottom something I could fix a moss to? Maybe something that would look like the default grass, but help keep the tank clean?
What else does it need to be betta safe?
I read a review today about bettas dying because the water got low, what other problems should I be weary of?
I know maybe I should get her a different tank, but when I first got Bo, mom stared at that tank and tried to get me to buy it for a solid 30-minutes.