Mine seemed fine at first and I didn't want to take him back when I was informed about what type of fish he was going to grow into. I kind of grew attached to him (had him since he was just a baby, about 6-8 months I would say) and I really felt bad taking him back. It had to be done though, he grew up and started terrorizing Phantom (and the frogs) on a daily basis. We know the guys who run the fish section at the LPS pretty well, there is kind of a mutual trust in trades between us, haha. He assured me that he would keep the CAE in the big display tank (healthy and well established long 160 gallon) until someone asked to purchase him. He also then assured me that "no I won't let some idiot buy him" and it made me feel a little better about it.
Hahaha now I'm hungry!
Thank you, I really like Phantom. He stood out above all the others, was also the youngest. I never see lightly colored Bettas at the LPS, let alone healthy ones at that! Our old male (Lucas the 2nd, RIP) had passed a while before Phantom caught my eye, and I just couldn't resist!
I've subscribed to yours, too! Can't wait to see how it progresses!
What is your Bettas name, by the way?
The 20 gallon is set up with a "Natural" look, I will be posting a journal of it here soon.
It has some driftwood, polished stones/gravel substrate, a bunch of fake plants, a cave, java moss, and a cryptocoryne. He will be the only fish in there for a while, though I would like to add some Neons I think. I will probably throw in some Dwarf Frogs when I have my next batch, and maybe a couple of Cories, if the LPS has any that would fit well.
Bettas are awesome fish, the only ones my boyfriend even likes actually. As you mentioned, the fact that they can be happy and healthy in a 5-10 gallon tank makes them great for dorms, offices, classrooms, etc. They're good for kids cause they're tough, easy to care for, social and entertaining. Not to mention the parent gets an excuse as to why they can't buy any more fish. Hahaha
The root tabs are probably a good idea, I actually have to pick some up too. Haha
I currently have two tanks set up, one is a 30 gallon (in the middle of being moved/changed around) and the other is a 20 gallon that I just set up tonight for my Betta.