Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
I'll post my story before reading the others :)
Back in 2003, I worked at a small Mom and Pop pet store, really a little hole in the wall shop. Family owned, and I knew the owners niece from high school. I always hung around, learning about animals and socializing them so they would be better off in new homes (ferrets can get nasty!). Eventually the owner gave me a job there, I got paid nothing but I had the run of the store really. I could take a pet home if I wanted, no charge. But it gave me something to do. One day during shipment, there was a box of cichlids that came in. For the life of me I cannot remember what they were, Convicts I'd guess. Anyways, once they were put into the big 120g tank, I noticed this one little tiny fish, scared out of it's mind. I got a small bowl, filled it with tank water and took the little fish out. I was puzzled, only thing we ordered was Cichlids. So I told the store manager I was taking it home, I'd look it up and see what it was online and buy a tank for it. Turns out, it was a small Veil tail Cambodian female Betta. I am guessing wherever these fish came from, females Bettas were food for Cichlids :( So I got her a 1g heated filtered tank and kept her for about 8 months. Angel was her name. Sadly, my Mom was babysitting the critters and left her tank open. I believe one of my 4 cats got her :(
I decided I needed another Betta. I drove 6 hours to the nearest store (Walmart) to get a Betta fish. They only had one in the store, they were selling off fish cheap because Walmart was no longer selling fish. I looked at the cup and there sat a sad little grey male, his fins looked like one big spike, not flowing like they should be. They told me I could have him, as they were going to dispose of him that night anyways.
So I took Joey home, placed him in the 1g tank, and over night he turned yellow! He was up and swimming around in 3 days, being a ham like he always was. I decided I liked him so much, I wanted a larger tank and impulse bought a 29g with everything, set it up and added 5 silver dollars and a pleco. After about a year, I wondered if he would go well with the crew in the 29g tank. I mean, they were big fish, non aggressive and not colorful. So I tried it. Joey lived in the 29g for just over a year, schooling with the Silvers although he never quite got the sharp turns. He ended up being a fire orange, solid of course. My little boy, I loved him so much. Sadly, I was sick one weekend in mid 2006 and my then boyfriend decided to help out with the pets. He sprayed the side of the tank with Windex, and killed every one of them :(
Flash forward to now, I have been asking my fiance for a Betta fish for 2 years. Our old apartment was way too small for a tank. He said once we moved to a bigger place, he would get me a small tank and a Betta. We moved in May. Well I ended up getting a 5g, 10g, 29g, 10g tropical tanks first, then I got Venom :) Now I have too many fish to count :) I am sure I'll always have a Betta fish :)