I've had to hold off on getting shrimp, as someone went in and bought every last one a few days ago. I did get some more supplies though! I've added more plants, a small artificial rock stack, a heater, and a filter to my 2.5 gallon, which now houses a lovely crowntail male! I tried very hard to resist the impulse to take him home--all the bettas I've ever gotten from PetSmart have had health problems--but so far he's doing really well and is far more active than any betta I've had in the past. He swims up to me for food when he sees me (he's eating really well, too). He's almost solid blue but there's a small patch of red on one of his fins; I'm wondering if this will spread or remain the same. Some of the bones in his fins are broken, but he seems to be swimming quite well and he even flared for me yesterday. I've named him Dromio because I have a habit of naming my fish after Shakespeare characters, and he has the same sort of endearing underdog spirit.
Does anybody know if there's anything I can do about his fins? He doesn't seem bothered but I'd hate for them to be broken forever.
I also had my water tested and added aquarium salt, as the pH was high. Funnily enough my snails, which have sort of been hiding, immediately became more active once I added the salt. I'm really glad it didn't harm them, but I'm sort of surprised that it seemed to positively affect them.
I also set up a 3.5 gallon today. I've added gravel, a filter, a heater, and conditioner and salt, but nothing alive yet. Most likely I'll keep the shrimp in this tank once I've added some cover and it's been cycling for a while. This tank doesn't get any sunlight, direct or indirect, but it does have a built in LED light so I'm hoping I can still plant it. Pictures to come!
"How doth the little crocodile improve his shining tail / and pour the waters of the Nile on every golden scale"