I don't have a betta *currently* but I thought I'd share some positive news nonetheless. I am very fortunate that Howard (the guppie) has been doing great, super active, regaining colours, eating well (bought him some tropical fish flakes finally) and when I placed the most recent bunch of hornwort (my old hornwort fell apart/melted the moment I put it into the same bowl as the amazon sword (I read somewhere that amazon swords can be aggressive plants, emitting some kind of toxin that in a small 2.5 gal for ex. could prevent the growth of other species of plants)) I found two pond/bladder? snails in the bowl! They are about a 1-2 CM's long, so pretty small, but I am wondering if they will grow? They move fast too-I come into my room and find them on a plant leaf, and then come out of my closet and can't see them-so much for the myth that snails move slow! They know how to hustle it turns out. I assume they eat the leftover fish flakes?
I will be setting up a freshwater betta tank in the fall-I realized that as a student, I will certainly always need some company at my desk. Being out of school and working 9-5 has made it difficult to enjoy Howard as much as I would want to. I'm worried he may find it difficult to acclimate when placed in a community tank after being alone so long. Howard has also made me realize some of the fine tuned differences between guppies and bettas (my only previous experience in fish being bettas)-they are very different in temperament and attitude, with guppies I feel, more difficult to read. But Howard can follow my finger. No flies on him.
Also-reading back through this short journal of sadness over Ari's health problems and eventual decline, l thought I would share some good news. I just found out I won an award at my university for my paper on fish, which was pretty cool, even more so I get a nice monetary prize which I'm planning on putting towards a brand new freshwater set up once I settle into the UK, and hopefully give a good home to fish in need...I really appreciate all the help and positively this community has given though.