10 gal tank. Only occupant besides cherry shrimp, which he would snack on. It's a little chaotic in this pic cause I was tearing it apart looking for him.
Betta imbellis was never happy for long after I got him. I assumed it was something I was doing, but idk now. I bought him from Frank's bettas in August 2021, and he was already fully grown at that time I think. Not sure how old he was but he was happy to attempt to breed.
Water parameters hovered around 0-5 nitrate consistently, 0 nitrite, 0 ammonia. 7.5 ph and had to mineralize my super soft tap water to bring it to 4gh and 5kh for stability. The water always had tannins in it.
A few things I think could have been a problem. One is the algae, it was out of control:
Green hair algae? It was a constant battle no matter how much of it I manually removed.
The filter was homemade but I had hoped it was sufficient:
Just a simple sponge filter, the flow is normally better but I removed a fair amount of water looking for him. I also would run a small nano filter from time to time, but it didn't do much. Heater kept it around 78-80°
All of my tanks have mycobacteria, so that could have been a factor. I probably should have done more water changes, but it didn't seem necessary and I was so busy... :'(
Is it all my fault? I'm probably going to quit bettas anyway after this, but I just need to know :/ I feel so guilty. I almost gave him away too to someone who had more time for him, but I stupidly and selfishly wanted to keep him even though this other person would have been perfect. Frick :'(
This is him in his spicier days. He hadn't flared or fully coloured up since a few months after I got him. He was always afraid of his own reflection after Wendy died (his potential mate that didn't work out).