In other news though, I am slowly but surely setting up the 5 gallon Fluval Spec V at home! I bought some spiderwood and a few plants (Asian water fern, amazon sword, and more anubias bateri-round leaf), and I'm currently trying to get the driftwood to sink haha. (its propped up against the light a bit.) I set up the basic hardscape, and I think I'm liking it so far but only time will tell, what do you think?
Now that I've got more plants in here, I think the light that was provided should work great for growing plants! It seems quite bright. :) I think I'll put a carpeting plant in there, but I'm not sure which one yet. Any suggestions?
The tank still has a TON of ammonia in it, so I'll be bringing home the seachem Prime I have here at work so I can get a handle on the ammonia and cycle the tank properly haha. Still a long way to go before a new betta friend can go in there, but i'm looking forward to it!
I almost got a betta for the tank from a coworker, because they brought their betta in for my friend to take care of while they were at work. Guys, this poor betta. They won it as a prize 2 years ago, and I'm surprised he's lasted this long. He's currently in a glass bowl, but its one where the opening is angled in the front, so they can only really put an inch or two of water in it. The betta looks to be a king betta, he's huge! The amount of water in there is so small, he can't even spread out his fins fully. They obviously don't have a filter or a heater, and the only decorations are a small little stone arch house thing and a fake plant. All this betta does is hide in that house, and when you take that away he swims a little then rests on the bottom (since he doesn't really have room to swim anyways).
I immediately offered to take the betta from him as my friend mentioned offhand that he doesn't really care much for the betta. She asked him and he said he would ask his wife. He came over to my desk and I showed him my betta and talked about the care he would needed, and he asked how much it would cost for a tank like mine. (my fluval spec iii is a bit expensive, since it has everything pretty much housed in the back). I did do some research though, and found a tank for him that would be 3 gallons, had a heater, filter, ect. for $30! Quite a steal. I showed it to him and he said "hmm...maybe I'll buy it, we'll see."
he took his betta home and he said later that when he talked to his wife she preferred the bowl he's in now because she likes the shape. I said I would be happy to take him, but she said no, she wanted to keep him.
I tried to impart on him the importance of having heated water, a bowl big enough to swim, and at least cleaning the gravel and water often (since they don't really want to spend money on a test kit, and I'm sure the parameters aren't good.) but I don't think he's going to change much. (he basically said, well, he's survived this long, so he should be fine!) He seemed to have really bad fin rot and was overall very lethargic. Poor dude. I know bettas can survive in conditions like that (that's why they are neglected so often) but it makes me sad. Especially with him being a king betta, he should get 5 gallons at minimum!