I. Wanted. Fish. Five dead shubunkins and excessive crying later, the boyfriend cringed when I brought home a 1.8 gallon filtered bowl and declared that I was getting a betta. Bettas are low maintenance, I told him. They aren't delicate like goldfish. So the next time there was a trip to one of the cities where you can actually find a PetCo in Maine, I went.
It was with an elderly lady from my church. I spend a lot of time with her. She was going downcountry for a doctor's appointment, and said that of course we could stop at the pet store. After carefully examining all of the bettas, I settled on a simple, but striking red VT male with classic good looks- Mongkut, the King of Siam. (Her son, who is in his forties, kept calling him 'Mon-COOKED!' and threatening to eat him... fear not, he was joking). We all went out to lunch afterward, and Mongkut sat on the table so he wouldn't overheat in the car. An adventurous start for the little king.
So for a couple weeks he lived contentedly in the 1.8. It is a VERY shiny bowl. But then he started to look listless. He wouldn't eat, he just sat on the bottom pouting, and no water changes or other conditions would please him. Desperate to perk him up, I put him in the vacant 16g and we left for several hours to go to ANOTHER pet store in ANOTHER city, to see what they had to offer (both of these stores are about 45 mins away).
When we came back, he was plenty perky, and showed his first signs of aggression and personality by flaring at a torii gate I had in the tank. I can't even describe how much he hated this thing, but it kept him from being bored, so it stayed. Eventually he lost a fight with it- split his fin from flaring too much. But by that point, I hopelessly adored the guy. Many other betta-games evolved, and betta playtime became a regular part of my day. I'd stick a mirror in the tank, or put a button on a string and let him chase it. Pretty soon Mongkut had charmed the boyfriend too. He's coming to school with me, Cryo is coming with the boyfriend, and I think I see a sorority in my future. Betta love forever!
Mongkut, Cryo, Kuro, Clownface, and Aloha!
VT - VT - DeT - DeT - HM
SixPlaties- Two Sunsets, Two Red Wags, and Two Sunset Wags
One Rosy Barb
Four Fancy Guppies
One Chinese Algae Eater
And a MARIMO!
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