Better Late Than Never!
Hello! I found this site a few weeks ago trying to learn about the baby betta's I had just picked up from Petco and I never officially introduced myself! Just found you guys and jumped right in. So here is the intro!
I'm Robin. In new to the fish world. When I was a kid we tried having a pet fish and all I remember is that it died very quickly and that was it. Never got another one. I have never understood why people had fish as pets. I thought it was a joke.
A few weeks ago my 2 yr old daughter brought home a goldfish in a 0.5 gallon tank from a fair. I was not happy about it but i went and bought him some pellets and we named him Pat (neutral) since we didn't know the gender. My daughter didn't care about the fish for longer than 5 minutes but my 10 year old son loved Pat immediately.
When the goldfish died in under 24 hours (didn't surprise me considering my childhood fish experience) my son was devastated. He cried and we held a funeral for Pat. The only thing that made him feel better was knowing that we would go get a new fish and take really great care of it.
I googled to find out what kinds of fish are easy to care for and betta fish were the ones that kept popping up.
So we took a trip to Petco. That's where we spotted the babies. My son had to have the babies. Knowing nothing about fish other than the fact that they die fast and that the betta adults were $15+ and the babies were under $2, I agreed. I figured it would die just like every other fish anyway so there was no point spending $15 on one. Harsh but i didn't know anything.
We picked out two and took them home with pellets and the divided .5 gal that was recommended by the fish "expert" at Petco. Feed them pellets once a week, he said. They don't need any special care, he said. Ha...
Once we got home and got them all set up I started googling about baby betta care and found this site with the petco baby thread. I started reading and soon realized i had no idea what I was doing and that i was in over my head. I read so much and learned and started to actually be interested and attached to these little guys.
One of the babies died within a couple days of coming home and petco replaced him. Wasabi, his replacement who I grew pretty fond of, just passed away yesterday. Losing these fish hasn't been pleasant.
Now I'm left with Torpedo (a.k.a. Cheese Fish. We had a little fiasco.), one of the originals. He's a tough little guy and he's growing nicely. He's pretty cool.
I will not be replacing the most recently passed baby. I'm just going to stick with Torpedo and see if I can raise him safely to adulthood. Might eventually get him a bigger tank and start adding some compatible fish and a snail. But that's later. Right now I just want him to thrive and grow.
He's currently zipping around in a heated and filtered 2.5 gallon. His favorite foods are frozen brine shrimp and frozen blood worms, especially if they are soaked in garlic. He is snooty. He won't touch pellets and he's just meh about freeze dried shrimp. But he's awesome. He's energetic, he eats like a pig, he's not shy, and he gets so excited when I come to see him. He looks like he's dancing. After he eats he zooms around the tank like he just won the lottery.
Thanks to this site, I've gone from someone who doesn't understand how a fish can be a pet to someone who is obsessed with my pet betta. He's a part of the family now. I still have a lot to learn and I will continue to ingest whatever knowledge I can. Bettas are AWESOME! I'm so glad I found this place! If it wasn't for this site and the helpful people on it, I'm not sure if I would even have one fish left. Thanks guys!
Below we have Torpedo in his first day or two with us, then Torpedo a few days later, right before starting the frozen diet and giving up on pellets. Bottom two are Torpedo now. Plumping up, has gained some color, happy, zooming around.