Hello, these are my spooky swimmers! :)
The title may be a little weird, but I first found this website almost 8 months ago when my husband and I decided we wanted to add two more boys to our family, and found our bettas. We brought them home into an environment that we thought was healthy for them, only to discover that they were both quite ill and I'm fairly certain that Karthus in particular nearly died on us as he was limping along on his side when I scooped him out of that god awful tank that was marketed as "perfect for Bettas" and called my husband to tell him that we might lose one in the night.
After spending a night of frantic research here on these forums and others, we rushed out the next morning to get them both different, bigger tanks (we went through five tanks altogether), as well as heaters and filters. They were kept on strict 24 hour water changes and given stringent schedules of medicinal dosages until I was certain they weren't going to go belly up. We even bought a little fry/quarantine container to keep them in very warm water with two heaters in the tank, as it was a snowy January when we got them.
Anyways, suffice to say that nearing a year later everyone is healthy, happy, and aside from Ghost's sad limp dorsal fin (he came with it - that's why I picked him, didn't want him to get tossed out for not being perfect), they're the best they've ever been. Ah, and my beautiful Ghost, he marbled on me. It took him about six months to get to where he was going, and at first I thought he was ill because the marbling started as light grey markings on his belly, but alas, he was just being tricky about who he wanted to be when he grew up. ;)
I just wanted to write this post and say thank you to everyone who has contributed knowledge and attention to detail on these forums. These two sweethearts are still alive today because this information was so readily available. <3
Here is ghost after the ordeal, about a month after we brought him home, and again after he finished marbling and decided he wanted a mustache, lol. Ghost is quite bashful, as you can see in these pictures. He's always hiding in a corner.
The third picture is of Karthus, my husband's man-child. Karthus was a model in a previous lifetime, as he loves to swim next to the glass when he sees the camera =P