Well, I got a surprise tonight... At prom, which my brother went to, they had some bettas as decorations. I knew that already, a friend of my friend was on the prom committee and told me. But, I'd long since forgotten about that one fact. Imagine how surprised I was to hear them call me over when they got home a 11 pm and showed me their price, a beuitiful male betta! It was in barely a cup of water with a couple of small glass rocks in it. I was horrified. I know bettas can live in small containers, but that was outrageous!
I set to work getting it adjusted to my jar's pH. I didn't have anywhere else to put it... I poured a cup full of jar water into the bottom of a 1 gallon bucket and then poured the fish, very carefully, into it as well. Then, I scrambled around the house trying to find my testing kit so I could make sure the pH of both the jar and the bucket were as close as they could be. I tested the bucket first. It was around the pH of my other tanks. Good, I thought, this will be easy. Then, I tested the pH of the jar and man was I shocked! It was off the charts! I got a deep purple from the test. I knew something wasn't right.
Just to be sure, I looked around for my color chart. I couldn't find it but I did find one online. I knew it. The deep purple was 8.8 or higher. Great. I did 3 50% water changes on the jar to bring it back down again and then added another cup of water from the jar to the bucket and waited a couple of minutes, then tested both one last time.
And exact match. No surpise, considering how little water the betta had to begin with. I moved him into the jar. He seems to be doing just fine right now.
My only problem is, now what? I don't know if I should give the endlers a try or not. I know endlers are usually a safe option for bettas, but it just doesn't seem like it would turn out too great in a 2 gallon tank...
And, I don't know a whole lot about bettas. I know they are aggressive to each other, can breath air from the top of the tank, and that they prefer warmer water. What else? What do I need to know? I don't even know what kind of betta I have! I wasn't prepared for this boy at all...
55 gallon -- 1 bala sharks, 2 female mollies, 10 leopard danios, 9 guppies, 3 SAE, 1 Butterfly Pleco// 20 gallon -- 5 Serpae Tetra // 5.5 gal -- 1 male betta, 2 Emerald Rasbora, 2 Ember tetra // 30 gallon tall -- 1 fantail goldfish, 1 black moor goldfish // Recent losses / gains -- 1 male dumbo betta (Illy!)