Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Chicago suburbs
Sounds like you're going to have great success and that you remembered all the info you learned with the earlier bettas (like I didn't!). I know what you mean - time and money. Mine are on our kitchen table now, and I do enjoy it (though it takes up a little room, though it's one of those 2.5 gal divided tanks so I'll be upgrading ASAP. We're going to move some furniture around, and hubby (having gone through all my animal hoarding days) said if I really wanted 2 more, if we had room and I could save money for them, ok. But I'd buy at least a 5 gal (actually 2, one for Aedan and Fergal, and one for any new fish), but can't even think of new fish now until I get these guys settled down from their ragged fins and lumps. I was even thinking of two 10s, I think that would look really nice, and I know it would help with a lot of the problems I'm having with the 2.5. Why do they sell those to dummies like me who haven't done their research? Oh yeah, money. I can always use the 2.5 as a quarantine tank, which might come in handy. My 33 year old son (when he was little) had a white comet goldfish in a 10 gal., took very good care of it for about a month, then it was my baby (of course - did you have that same experience?) Of course, the comet (Fish Sticks!) grew so huge we had to bring him to a pet store (the one I worked in, small mom & pop type store) and he was eventually sold to a customer I knew well, and I knew he'd take care of Fish Sticks! Now said son has a 50 gal and 2 gold fish and wants to get another. He's got a huge powerful cannister filter (used to keep a snapping turtle) and is going to keep substrate and decor at a minimum because the tank's location isn't easy to get at to clean (and he remembers how much...um...stuff a goldfish can produce). Oh, and he didn't cycle it. Just ran the filter for 3 days. We got into a loud discussion over cycling, but he knows everything, so...I guess the two of them are doing fine (this week, at least) and I hope he doesn't name them after foods ;) . Sorry to go off on a goldfish tangent, but his experience just reminded me of mine with my boys, but at least I knew how to cycle a tank.
Ok, I know this is long, I'm glad you haven't got the bug, (although it is fun, but plays havoc with time management, at least for me), and of course that old bank account. And, the fewer fish I have, the better care they get, so in the end, my boys may be the only bettas I'll have, in which case they'll definitely get a 10 gal. Good luck on your research, I can't wait to see who (just can't say "what") you end up adopting.
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