Hi all. Just joined the forum and I'm new to fish keeping. I have 2 new betta fish. The first one I got 1.5 weeks ago. He's in a 2.6 gallon Fluval Spec and his name is Velcro. He's a half moon according to the Petco cup and I just adore him. He's my first betta. I'm learning as I go. His tank is not cycled but I've been checking the levels and ammonia seems to be still at zero. Since he's been in this for over a week, shouldn't it be staring to show some ammonia? Should I add something to get the nitrogen cycle started? And CAN I add anything with him in the tank? The 2nd betta I got unexpectedly. I went into Pet Supermarket to buy my betta a leaf hammock and saw this poor little betta in a really tiny cup with a bulging eye that was foggy and reddened face. My heart just broke for this little guy and I could not leave him there to die. I talked to the manager and got him for $3.99. (He should have given him to me for free). Anyway, I took him home. I didn't have a tank for him but I cleaned out one of those huge pretzel containers and put a heater in and a sideways mug and that's were he's living. I am changing about 75% of the water daily, adding a little aquarium salt and adding "betta revive". The redness is gone and his eye is so much better but I think he may have dropsy or bloat? He looks a bit puffy to me but I'm just not sure. I've had him three days and he's more active than the first day and overall seems better but I know he's not out of danger yet. I really hope he does okay and I will get him a real fish tank as soon as I can. I've named him Cyclops due to the single sided popeye. He has short fins so maybe he's a plakat? Not sure. All the cup said was male. So that's my introduction. Oh my name is Laura and I live in Florida with my husband and three teenage sons. This is Velcro. Hope the picture shows. Dont know why this picture is showing up sideways. Any help to fix it is appreciated.