So on the day I rescued Stella from Petco I originally dragged my boyfriend with me to fawn over some cats which I am very fond of but sadly cant have in my dorm room. Long story short after an hour and a half of pouty faces and pleading with my boyfriend and $30 dollars later (im rather cheap and dont like to spend much money if I dont have to (ignorant me had no clue what I was in store for since I had never had fish before)) I walked out with a beautiful blue-green and black metallic female crowntail that I instantly fell in love with. The lighting was horrible along with the phone I was using but no amount of photo quality would do her justice she really was gorgeous
Along with her I bought a marina betta kit tank
as per the employees recommendation (stupid employee) and a little cup with 3 marimo moss balls in it. When I got home I opened up the tank box and realized that the food that it was supposed to come with wasnt there so I had to run out to my LFS and buy the only betta food
they had which was $5 (ignorant me knowing absolutely nothing about fish soon regretted this). I got to my dorm room and dechlorinated the water the way the instructions said and floated her for a while before I put her and her moss ball in the tank
The first time she saw her new (temporary) home
The next few days were filled with tons of research. I wanted to learn anything and everything I could about these guys. I very quickly learned that her housing conditions were less then optimal. I had no clue fish needed a filter and a heater and a bigger tank I was so new and clueless about the world of fish (I still am new to things).
Stella did good for that first week and the second day she finally relaxed and lost her stress stripes
Her with the rubber duckie I put for her to play with
That Friday morning I ordered a heater
and a silk plant (the original one was plastic not a hard plastic that would tear her fins but still plastic) and a thermometer
along with a krusty krab cave
and betta hammock
I started noticing things for this little fish which I thought wouldnt cost me anything were starting to get pricey. I went to Petco that weekend when I was home and bought a bigger tank
(Icant find any link for the one I bought but I got it from water and its basically just like this) because I just felt bad having her in such a tiny tank with no filter and space.
I put her in the new tank and set up the filter and patiently waited for the rest of the things to arrive. They got to my house on Sunday and I was very dissapointed with the plant as it wasnt the soft silk I imagined it would be I was more a smooth fabric and plastic base. I set up the tank with all the new things and left her be for a few hours. When I came back she was all calmed down. No stress stripes anymore Yay!
Please excuse all the gross waterstains