Ahh okay, so a few things have happened lately in regards to my aquarium:
Firstly, Ernie is 100% better and has recovered from the ick. His fins are showing a lot of regrowth too, so all in all, he’s thriving, I would say! (His fins were kind of torn up when I first got him from PetSmart so the fin regrowing has been in progress).
Secondly, I divided the tank! With the intention of putting a second betta in. Ernie and the now three musketeers (the only neon tetras left) live on the right side together. My new betta will live alone on the left. The divider I bought is a Top Fin 10 gallon divider and I’m pretty happy with it. I was going to make my own divider because I saw all these DIY YouTube videos, but unfortunately, I went to two Wal-Marts and both did not sell the supplies I needed to make it! Even though all the videos said I could pick everything up at Wal-Mart … So I was like, well, I’ll just buy a divider, only $10 anyway at PetSmart.
Anyway, with the divided tank, I had to take out the gigantic log decoration because I couldn’t fit it on either side, it’s too large, so I bought a few new decorations.
The tank had been divided for 3 or 4 days, just so Ernie and the tetras can get used to their side of the tank. Today I did a major cleaning of the aquarium (as an aside: I bought new filter cartridges. They have carbon in the center of the sponge filter. For some bizarre reason, when I put the new cartridge in, the carbon began to leak into the water and turn the water black! I freaked out! I have no idea why this was happening as it was the exact same kind of cartridge I had before. I scooped my fishies out of the black water as fast as I could into a pitcher of clean water, then spent a grueling 1.5 hours thoroughly cleaning the tank, augh. I then took the carbon out of the cartridge and put only the sponge in the filter, because I don’t think I REALLY need the carbon … Anyway …)
I then drove around to three different pet stores before I found this dark coloured, crowntail betta fish at Petland. I knew I wanted a crowntail for sure, and I didn’t want another red betta. I was a little bit picky. Anyway, I saw this little guy in his bowl at Petland and knew I wanted this one! He looked completely black at the store, but when I brought him home and put him in the tank, I noticed his tail actually is red. He’s so beautiful, I think. I named him Diablo.
I’m super excited and happy, my aquarium feels complete now! I have to admit, I’m developing a betta fish obsession right now … :O