he's blue and white, and I wanted an old-fashioned name that started with a B for blue. ;) Buckley was a good, solid, dependable name, and Buckley is a HUGE DeT fish who is somewhat opinionated, but overall very sedate but curious. :) He leisurely comes over for a swim, checks out what's going on, then goes back to his leaves for a nap until it's time to eat again. He rarely flares at other fish, but will flare at his own reflection in the filter or in my black laptop for hours. Apparently he's a big-bad-dude and no-one else is as intimidating as he is to himself. ;) He HATES going into quarantine tanks or anything smaller than his 10 gallon. He swims around, glares at me, swims around some more...seems impatient...ready and waiting to go back into HIS house. ;)
he's a marble CT with splashes of scarlet, blue, cream, and pinks, and I wanted, again, an old-fashioned name (to go with Buckley) that started with S for scarlet. :) When he was smaller he was a fighter, always flaring at Buckley, but as he's grown up he's become very large, and just ignores his tank mate. It's very much a sense of "whatever, I can crush you like a bug, but it would be too much trouble." ;) He sleeps in his castle, and I've always thought it was funny. He's lord of his tank, and he knows it. :)
Geoffrey and Chaucer:
They came together, and it seemed like fun to name them after the famous poet. :)
Geoffrey was in terrible condition, his ammonia was so bad the cup was yellow, his gills were red and inflamed, his poor scales were sloughing off, and his tail had been bitten down to a nub. In the store he was a light, lemony yellow, and as he's grown healthier he's become a mustard-yellow with some darker markings along his scales. He's not the prettiest fish in the world, but he more than makes up for it with personality. :) He still tail-bites (though it's much better), but I'm fairly certain he's a DeT.
Chaucer is, simply put, beautiful. He's my one and only DT, and his colors are soft pinks and reds, creams and just a bit of aqua-green, pastels, with a lovely golden metallic dusting. (At first I worried he had a fungal infection, but it's just his color.) He was also something of a rescue, as the fish in the cups around him had bent spines and seemed to be having trouble swimming. He seemed healthy, but I was concerned that his neighbors might have fish TB...so he came home and went into quarantine. He has proven healthy, and I've discussed the others with some members here who have agreed that the other fish were likely simply birth defects or defects from being cupped as there were several with the same issues.
He was actually supposed to go to a friend's daughter...but the friend was flighty and couldn't seem to get a tank organized...so Toulouse stayed. For months he was Blue Fish...but finally he got his own name and officially became part of the group. ;) Toulouse is a blue, black, and metallic teal CT, and he's a *tough* little dude! From the get-go, he was determined to fight with Somerset, who was twice his size. Sommey, of course, just ignored him. Toulouse is named for the French Impressionist painter, Toulouse-Lautrec, who was known for his running with the "unsavory" theatrical crowd and the French bar scene. ;) I can totally see my Toulouse getting into it with some very much larger, drunk, patron. ;)
Copper is a goldfish-gold/copper and cellophane VT. Hence the name... :) I've always loved the color of gold-fish, and when I saw him for sale at Petco for a dollar...he had to come home. I had (LOL!) thought I was done purchasing fish...but Copper NEEDED to come home and become part of the group. :) He's my
"goldfish" betta. ;) Now, if only I could find one that was Koi colored, I'd be all set... :)
yes, he IS a boy. Roslyn is a very old-fashioned name of Germanic origin (meaning gentle horse), and, spelled this way, is a MALE name. There. Made that clear. ;) Roslyn, like Copper, gets his name from his color. He is a beautiful pink bodied fish with tiny crimson freckles on his face, darkening to crimson on his fins, and then finishing out his fins with a deep purple-blue. He is a very sweet, gentle boy who rarely flares, further fitting his name. I was shocked to find such a beautiful fish at walmart, so he came home. He's a VT.
Emmett is an EE with a silvery-purple body and fins edged in white and silver. He really is a lovely boy, but very shy. In the store he was a pretty light purple, and I was really pleased that once he came home and got healthy that his color darkened and deepened out quite a bit, adding in a lot more purple and his fins went from almost completely white to purple/silver rimmed in white.
Duncan also came from walmart. He's a black and metallic green CT, who had some hardwater damage to his fins, giving him a curly look. They're slowly starting to uncurl, but it gives him a flouncy look that's actually quite appealing. I had always wanted a green betta, and I'd hoped that Duncan would add more green in, but, so far, he's staying as-is. He's a good-sized boy, and very brave. His name means Dark Skinned Warrior, and it just seemed to fit my little black fighting fish to a T. ;)
Toying with the idea of starting a sorority and naming them all after female hobbits. ;)
Last edited by Blue Fish; 03-26-2013 at 11:27 PM.