Hi all, I know I am new here and don't post much. As some of you may remember, I was given an adorable half moon betta fish (male) and I calleld him Bijou (French for Jewel). I got him July 31st and then about a week later, I added a tiny mystery snail.
I noticed lately that the snail (Goldie) was able to eat the large cucumbers I had blanched. I would throw on in every other day or every few days. I watched the mystery snail devouring the cucumber. And I also noticed that Bijou would swim downwards to watch and even get in there when I dropped the algae pellet. They always were so peaceful and loveable and since I am retired, I pretty much saw them interacting so sweetly and peacefully. I took some videos of them together and never once did Bijou show ANY single sign of aggression....They were both babies that grew up together.
This morning I took the cover off the tank and I couldn't see him. Every single morning, he's always awake and at the top and ready to get his morning going. Instead i only saw the snail in one of the houses. I assumed they were together.
In a panic, my husband and I took the three houses out and the gravel etc and i even checked behind the filter region, underneath the table as i thought maybe he jumped. But in my heart, I knew that i said goodnight and i love you to him as I do every night.
So as rare as i think it is, the snail must have realized he can eat larger things like the almond leaves he was chomping on and the blanched veggies. Maybe Bijou got in his way and he just ate him? There's no other explanation.
We completely cleaned out the tank and the snail is being rehomed to my best friend who was just about to get a baby mystery snail after all the videos I had sent to her. She has a 5 gallon tank with heater and i am giving her all the houses and food/treats etc.
I am in shock as I spent a good two months getting his fins to grow back after being ripped by a stupid plastic ornament that Petsmart said was perfectly safe. I did everything in my power to make him happy including playing his favourite music that he began to recognise each night before bed.
So I have decided to part with Goldie as I feel too sad to look at him and he will get a lot of attention with my friend and her younger children. Since my husband and I booked off a months holiday in December to January, I will hold off and purchase a new betta fish when I am ready. It's a really terrible and hard lesson to learn. I can honestly say that I felt like a little part of me is gone too. I know you guys will all understand how sad it can be and how the tears just fall for such a tiny little betta fish.
So i must now say R.I.P. my sweetest baby boy, Bijou. You will live forever in my heart.....