quarantine hospital

                         VelvetDragon’s Betta splendens Care Sheet    

What are bettas? 

  • Species
  • Scientific Name
  • Lifespan
  • Description
  • Size


  • Betta Aggression
  • Tank Mates

Housing and Environment

  • Size
  • Tank Type
  • Tank Cover
  • Substrate
  • Decor
  • Live Plants, Rocks, Driftwood


  • Water
  • Temperature
  • pH
  • Hardness

Quarantine and Acclimation

  • Quarantine Tank/Hospital Tank
  • Your New Fish

Cleaning and Maintenance

  • Cycled Tank
  • Water Chemistry
  • Partial Water Changes
  • Uncycled Tank
  • Water Change Schedule
  • 100% Water Changes


  • Pellets
  • Frozen Food
  • Live Food


  • Bubblenests
  • Tank Patrolling
  • Flaring
  • Tail-Biting
  • Fighting

Illness and Diseases

  • Cautions
  • Causes
  • Symptoms
  • Treatment

Since UB has gone down one too many times, I moved and updated my care sheet (9/2015). As always, it is forever under construction, because with animal husbandry, there is always more to learn, as we always learn more and grow in our care.

                   Read the full care sheet here!    

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My boy Finn has been super lethargic this week, resting at the bottom of his tank with his face sticking up (like the first pic). He only darts up for air occasionally then goes back down; ive gotten him to eat a few pellets this week but the past 3 days i dont think hes eaten anything. Treated his tank with aquarium salt, stress coat and a little bit of melafix (its all i have right now), moved him this morning to a hospital tank with aq. Salt and stress coat and am keeping the temp around 80*f. I tried feeding him a pea twice (thought it might be swim bladder at first?) but he hasnt gone for it. Im not really an expert at fish illnesses, ive done a whole bunch of reading online but hes mostly just lethargic and not eating, and im really worried, does anyone have any advice or diagnostics??

Old MacDonald had a Farm| 1975 | Lary

Lily didn’t get the chance to go to Ireland very often, so when Mary invited her down to her Granddad’s farm, she jumped at the opportunity. The plan was for Lily to fly there, Mary would meet her at the airport, and then in a week, her mum would fly in as well and they would go and visit Lily’s paternal grandparents, who lived more north. They were doing everything the muggle way because it made Lily’s mum feel better about everything, and Mary’s granddad didn’t know any other way. 

The girls, despite being very different people, seemed to grow only closer over the years. Ever since they were quarantined in the hospital wing with the chicken pox, they had been friends. Lily spent copious amounts of time in Mary’s dorm room, annoying her other roommates, and Mary sometimes got on Marlene’s nerves because she would borrow her things, claiming that she thought it was Lily’s. They saw each other nearly every day aside from winter break, and a month into the summer holidays, Lily found herself missing Mary very much. 

Her flight was fairly short, just over an hour. And when she got to the airport, it didn’t take her that long at all to spot her friend in the crowed. 


Captive differences
  • Fossorial snake:

I like to dig and bury myself. You may not see me using my hideboxes; I might prefer to just remain buried in the substrate. I should never be kept on substrate that doesn’t allow ‘digging’, unless I am in a quarantine or hospital cage. If I am hungry, looking for a mate, or unhappy, I will climb over and around the obstacles in my enclosure in search of food, a mate, or a better microclimate. Normally you will find me under rocks or other cover.

  • Terrestrial snake:

I like to move along the surface of my enclosure, but I will climb in my enclosure if it is offered. I will probably use my hideboxes, but I may curl up anywhere if there is enough cover. I would like to have substrate that offers tunnelling, as I will frequently use it after meals or when in shed - two circumstances in which I feel very vulnerable. Normally you will not find me sitting in a tree for days on end, but I will go anywhere to hunt.

  • Arboreal snake:

I like to sit on branches or vines or platforms. I will climb readily and ably between branches, but I will also sit for hours on an aerial ambushing platform, ready to hunt any birds that fly into my enclosure. I am not likely to tunnel through my substrate but you may find that a particulate substrate helps with humidity requirements (I am more likely to need higher humidity, depending on my species). I should be given opportunities to hide, but you may want to use cover rather than hideboxes (or both! both is good!). Normally you will find me crawling through the trees, or set up in a quiet position to ambush my dinner.

This is all that remains of the chapel on North Brother Island.  When Riverside Hospital was rebuilt at the beginning of the 20th Century, a new chapel was erected where various denominations held services; unlike most of the buildings on the island, it was constructed of wood, and in over 50 years of abandonment, has all but completely collapsed.  One wall still stands, next to a pile of wood and overgrowth.  In the distance, one of the smokestacks from the power plant is visible.

A door rots away in the remaining tunnels running under the foundations of demolished buildings at the Boston Chronic Disease Hospital, on Long Island in the Boston harbor.  Why we chose the coldest day of the year to make it out to this remote facility on foot I’ll never know…