Hello to all. I am new to the aquarium hobby, new to betta fish. I live in Portland, Maine and recently acquired my first fish. He is a betta splenden, royal blue veil tail, very beautfiul, named Corwin (after a fav character from the Amber series books).
Corwin resides in a 5.5 gallon glass tank, filtered, heated, hooded, and totally spoiled by me
He completely digs Hikari betta pellets, the occasional pea, and Hikari freeze dried bloodworms as a weekly treat.
Due to my current budget, which is very pathetic given my recent unemployment status, Corwin has very few decorations besides gravel, a ceramic shell, and a few plastic plants (yes, I did the pantyhose test). I would love to eventually get him some java fern and some more hiding places, better plants, some driftwood, etc.
Corwin seems to be a pretty happy fish. I have a chair placed in front of his tank for me to sit and watch him, which I do a lot
. Whenever I sit down, he comes zooming over to show off, darts around, and gives fish kisses.
I have never owned a fish before, always furry pets. But since I can't have any of those at the moment, I opted to try a betta. I must say, I can see why people get into this hobby! Fishkeeping is very rewarding.
It's great to be on this forum and I look forward to being a part of the virtual community!