Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: With my Fishies
dennythebetta's Betta Journal
Hello, everyone. I haven't been on this site for a couple of months now, since I got Asteria, and I wanted to start a journal (even though it might be a bit boring, because I currently have only one fish).
I guess I should start at the beginning.
At first I wanted a goldfish. I knew someone who had a pond full of goldfish and would've been happy to give me one for free. I did all my research and found out that one goldfish required a twenty gallon tank minimum (which I did not have room for), a filter, a heater, food, water conditioner, and all sorts of other things I never imagined a fish needed, and couldn't afford. I gave up on getting a fish.
Denny's Tank Miracle
One day I went to the pet store to get cat treats, and saw a good deal on tanks. I grabbed a one gallon tank (I hadn't done research on bettas at all), some cheap, unhealthy food, some water conditioner, a small blue plastic plant, a little cave with a shark on top, and some gravel. I went over to the shelf with the bettas on it (I would go on to write many persuasive letters to PetSmart concerning that shelf...) and Denny caught my eye. The light was hitting him just right so he seemed to glow blue and red at the same time, instead of just magenta. He was also one of the only fish that was actually moving, and I figured it would be a good thing to bring home a healthy fish rather than a sick one.
I brought him home, and when I opened the tank I discovered it had a crack in it. I went to exchange it, but they were entirely out of one gallon tanks, and I ended up with a two gallon instead. Then when I went on to do my research, I found out that I should have a 2.5 gallon or larger, and for Denny's whole life my main goal was to scrape together enough money to get him a five gallon. But I consider it a miracle that Denny ended up in a two gallon instead of a one gallon.
Poor Denny had to live through all of my mistakes, wait for me to figure out that betta fish need heaters, and all he ever got for cover was that plastic plant and and little cave. I actually managed to cycle his tank, but he ended up dying of a sudden ammonia spike that I never figured out the cause of. I had already managed to buy him a ten gallon, but I didn't move in because it had no filter or heater and no cover whatsoever.
I got Asteria (who I am fairly sure is a black orchid) a few months after Denny died. She is currently living happily in a 3.5 gallon tank with large amounts of algae, some of which is being devoured by Alastor the tiger nerite snail. Asteria is very energetic, loves to follow my finger, and has the amazing ability to tell when she is being fed even when she cannot see the pellets falling into the water.
I am planning to get another betta to put in the ten gallon soon, as soon as I can get a heater for it.
Come visit Cedar and Glenn at my journal: https://www.bettafish.com/144-journa...a-journal.html
Cedar, Pinkish-white HM male with blue streaks
Glenn, Blue-Green HM Male
Denny, Magenta Male VT (my baby)
Asteria, Black HM Female With Blue Iridescence