This week the Tucker Tells All family gained a new member ... meet Murray!
As you can see, Murray is of the finned, rather than the furry, variety. He's a male Veiltail Betta, and the first fish I have cared for since I was about ten years old.
Murray was an unexpected, rather dubious, gift from an office colleague, and I found him swimming around in circles in his little plastic cup when I returned from lunch on Monday afternoon, with a container of Betta food sitting next to him. After work that night, I went to the local pet supply store and got him a Betta tank, a Peace lily plant (which is so far resisting all my attempts to keep it upright), some decorative rocks for substrate, and some disgusting-looking dried mealworms for treats.
While there, I got some instructions from an employee about how to successfully transition Murray from his cup to his new tank, and I must say, he looks pretty darn happy in there, and I quite enjoy watching him swim around, and the white noise of the filter is actually very soothing.
My concern, though, is that according to the directions on the jar of Betta food, he should be fed three times a day, which is fine during the week, but what about weekends and holidays? So I guess this afternoon I am going to have to go back to the pet store and ask about some kind of automatic feeder?
Meanwhile, does anyone with fish experience have any tips to share?