I need to get my camera up and going soon.. never think about looking for the memory card at the store whenever I go.
I bought a betta a while ago, got him because he was the "ugliest" one and the smallest.. figured a diamond in a rough he may be.
He is still sort of ugly- love the fin color, but otherwise, he seems to be the kid who you can tell who's parents are cousins.
His head is freckled with black spots, he is beige in color, has some electric blue scales on his body, but not much.. his dorsal and the top half of his tail fin is blue, the bottom half of his tail fin and his anal fin is red..
One ventral is normal, the other is only half the length, and the last bit of it is bent at an odd angle and flapping in the breeze..
He swims around with his mouth slightly open all the time- never closes it. Kind of like a duhhh.... look, and if possible, I swear some drool would be hanging out of the corner.
And he has a pot belly.. a single pellet will expand him greatly.. so he's always got a beer belly on him.
But he has pretty fins...
I decided to go ahead and move him next to my female since all he did was sit at the top of the tank, ignoring his male neighbor.. and he flared for the first time. Found out he wasn't just a CT, but a double ray CT.. I was happy!
But after the initial flare, he stopped and went back to being a creepy fish.
By creepy, I mean he would stay at the top of the water and whenever I look over from my desk at him, he would be just below the lid line, staring at me.. and as soon as I look over he would slowly float upwards, still staring at me, until I could no longer see him.
Kept doing that all the time, every day. Those big black eyes staring at me.. and floating slowly upwards when I catch him.
So upgraded his tank last night to a kritter keeper of a couple gallons- going to force him to swim around, and not give him the cover of a lid to stare at me.
It worked.. he's finally swimming around and at some point he fully flared.
And to my surprise, he is actually a double-double ray CT.. I checked him again, I checked online to make sure I was correct.. and yep.. this creepy, kinda ugly fish is a double-double ray CT.
Sad thing is.. I think it is more from mutation then that the breeder was trying to get it.. breeder who sells to the only store around normally does dalmation VTs, among tri-colored VTs.. so the CTs were new from him.
So here is this little guy who hit every branch while falling down the ugly tree who is a tail type that isn't common at pet stores. Shocker!
But you know what? I love that little creepy fish.. I chose him over some real pretty ones at the store because he was different.. because he had been there a very long time, and his cup was filled with brown algae. Because even though he may not have a colorful body, and he may have a lot of black freckles.. he's mine, and he's special (in more ways then one
) and even though I'm not a fan of CTs, I now have one that has four times the rays.. and I love each one.
Now if only I could come up with a name for a stalking, freckled, pudge bellied fish.. and if I could get my camera to work, as my cell phone camera isn't any good.