Welcome to the first Wooless Wednesday! Instead of featuring me, the Woo, I’m gonna share the spotlight with some of my critter cousins.
This week, meet Vayl. Vayl is a halfmoon Betta fish. My mom loves Betta fish because she says most people don’t give them the homes they deserve. So she makes sure at least some of them get great homes.
Like me, Vayl was a rescue. He was just a lil guy when mom got the call. Someone in our community had bought him for her kids, and placed Vayl and a goldfish in a tiny tank together. Well, Vayl killed the goldie (duh) and the mom and kids got mad at him. They were apparently going to flush him, but somehow a neighbor got a hold of him and brought called my mom.
He was swimming in mud or something when he got to our house. We couldn’t even see the poor fish. I think they dumped all sorts of gunk in his tank. Mom carefully started changing out cupfuls of water so he could adjust slowly. After the water was a bit clearer, she cupped him and got a new tank ready for him. Mom says all Bettas need at least 3 gallon tanks and at least one water change a week.
She put real plants in the tank so Vayl’s fins and scales wouldn’t get scratched up further. Then she added a heater, a filter – which are both musts for Bettas; and a light.
Bettas need warm water (and Goldfish, by the way, are cold water fish who need a minimum of 10 gallons per fish, NOT a bowl), and some water flow in their tanks to keep them happy and healthy. The live plants help since they make the water cleaner for fishies.
When Vayl moved in his new digs, he looked happier immediately. Within 2 days he was wiggling for food like the rest of our fish. I LOVE watching the fish tanks. Mom keeps them all down at my height and I’ll sit there for an hour watching the Bettas swim. It’s like a great reality TV show!