Beta-He was planned, as I had always wanted a fish as a child, and my friend had a betta that she absolutely adored (still didn't see what was so special about them at the time, but they seemed easy to care for). I decided to go into Wal-Mart and purchased a royal blue CT with a black head. Right from the start I was appalled at how the cashier handled my new friend, and I was determined to take good care of him. Unfortunately, I didn't know any better and purchased a tiny bowl, some gems, and a rough, fake coral decoration, and flake food for a betta along with some water conditioner. I adored his antics, including my personal favorite of his: borrowing under the gems. Unfortunately, Beta only lived one month, and I decided fish keeping wasn't for me.
Merlin (red VT)-I did not plan on purchasing him at all from the same Wal-Mart I bought Beta from (one near my college). I was actually there to purchase a plant, however, they didn't have the type I was looking for, so I moseyed over to the fish section. I was sorely missing having a dog, and I knew I wasn't doing well emotionally (having had a breakdown either that day or the day before...can't remember). So, I looked at all the bettas, wanting to be sure I picked out a healthy one (only knew that the betta should be active, nothing else). A red blur caught my attention, and then when I picked him up, he glared at me. So my Siamese Fighting Fish came home with me, and even though he's had his ups and downs, Merlin has been a great companion for over a year now, and he's mellowed as he's gotten older.
Dragoon (dark copper DSPK)-He was sort of planned...sort of. I went to PetSmart with a friend, intending to only buy a betta if it was black or white, and only if it had a calm temperament, since I wanted to house the new betta in a divided tank with Merlin. Low and behold, a black looking betta, with a calm temperament was sitting on the shelves, and so Dragoon came home with me while my friend got a spunky red, white, and blue HM.
New Boy-I had absolutely no intention of getting another betta, but after seeing a lovely MG (or very close to it) boy at PetSmart today my friend is picking him up for me tonight and keeping him for a week as I finish up my last week at college. Luckily, I showed this new boy to my mom and talked it over with her, and since I'll be home, I could get him and upgrade to a 10 gallon tank (to house all three bettas/so they can all go to college with me). I'm very excited for the end of next week when I'll have my new boy! My PetSmart never has bettas with his coloring, so you can imagine my excitement
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