I bought a dragon scale betta last Friday from Petsmart. I named him Ninja and I already love the little guy. He is my first fish but I followed some bad advice when I bought him. I've been reading through the forums for a couple of days now including the FAQ sticky for beginners. All of you seem very knowledgeable and would love any advice!
Here's the *cough* long-winded rant short *ahem* I mean...short and sweet version!
Soooo, I listened to a friend's bad advice for the first few days since I knew absolutely nothing
about taking care of fish. Here are some cringe worthy examples: "put one or two drops of bettafix in the bowl everyday" and "you can just put him in the water" (lukewarm tap water without any acclimation whatsoever) *Sigh*. At least she told me to put prime in the water before hand.
Thank goodness I found these forums and unlearned all the advice my friend gave me. In her defense, she is new at it too, and was taking advice from a veterinary-in-training who claims to be a fish expert (Yikes!)
Ninja, my fish, because I didn't know anything, is not in a very ideal environment at the moment. It's a pretty bad one....
He is in a glass 1 gallon bowl with no heater *face palm*. I did two 100% water changes this week so far with tap water that was room temperature (let it sit out for 24 hours) with prime. I switched out the hard plastic decorations with soft plant ones (tested on a pair of panty hose).
I do not have the fan on in my room and the AC is off (room temperature at 78ºF). I also wrapped a small towel around the base of the bowl, and put him semi-close to a window in the hopes to warm up his bowl until I get all of his gear.
Here is what I bought him. Am I missing anything?
-- 5 Gallon Tank
-- Water Test Kit
-- 25 watt Heater
-- Silk-Style Plant
I should have everything by March 30th. I just hope he will stay alive long enough for me to cycle the tank, test the water, etc.
I was worried the other day when I changed his water. It was too cold for him and he was sluggish. But now he is swimming more. Maybe I should get one of those 7.5 watt heaters to hold him over?