My first Betta :)
I know the title is a little redundant, but I couldn't come up with a more appropriate way to say "Hi, I'm new to the forums and this is my first Betta fish". I'm sure most here are experienced Betta owners/breeders, so I'd just like to say that I'm a very inexperienced fish owner. I bought my Betta for my son for Christmas (so technically it's his but he's 7yrs old so I do all the maintenance and feedings, he just likes to oooo and awwww at him). Anyway back on point, he's a beautiful red with some various shades of blues in his scales. I bought him at the local pet store. I keep him in a decent sized fish bowl and clean it once a week (which he really enjoys). I never knew I'd love a fish sooooo much. I'm normally a cat person, but I'm not allowed to have big pets in my apartment so my son's Betta has been a refreshing little bubbly friend for me. My son originally named him "Macaroni" which he later changed to "Zazzer" because he said "You eat macaroni, and I don't wanna eat my fishy". Zazzer loves feeding time. When I first got him, he wouldn't eat anything that I bought him. I had flakes (which I found out to be a big no-no).. he wouldn't eat it anyway. I tried shrimp pellets, dried blood worms, and finally I got him to eat Betta pellets. I spent around $15 trying all these different foods and the one he loves only cost $1.56.
Zazzer has quite the personality. If I scratch the side of the bowl he'll poof up and swim to where my finger is and seems to glare at me. Once he stops flaring, I'll start saying "who's a good fishy fishy fishy" and he'll start swimming around like some ballet dance. I put in this flat sea shell on the bottom of the bowl and he will sit in it as if it's his throne. King Zazzer, ruler of Fish Bowl. He is such a happy little Betta and he makes me smile every day and has influenced me in wanting more. I've been thinking of getting a 10 gal. tank and putting in 3 dividers so I can get 2 more and put in a filter, but I can look into that more later. I just wanted to introduce myself and my Betta here. I'm glad I found these forums, filled with information I could really use.