Wow, okay, lol, I really need to update on the sorority and DaBaDee:
Sorority: I'm super glad that its been going so smoothly, really. My girls are all very active and healthy, and they get along quie well most of the time except Ascari gets moody sometimes and nips the other girls and Daihatsu tries committing suicide during every feeding time. On a side note, I moved Nero the Nerite snail to their tank recently and they have not bothered her at all! About 5 minutes ago, she somehow managed to flip herself over on her back (shell?) and watched as she clutched a rock from the gravel and tried to flip herself back over, lol. She did succeed!
DaBaDee: I think he's getting to the end of his life span? He's not acting sick, aside from a bit of buoyancy issues, he's really lost some color. No stress stripes, just dull in color, transparentish and kind of a brown/blue. He sleeps a lot, too. Like, a lot. At night he sleeps behind the filter and during the day he sleeps in his squid ward hut until I come home and wake him up for lunch which he is always happy to have!
I honestly just, don't think it's sickness. He's retiring, I think. I know pretty much every sign of sickness and am fairly certain I could identify any sickness he did have in an instant. He no longer has internal parasites that caused the severe buoyancy issues he had before. I watch his poo closely. He's just sleepy and dull in color. I am also certain this is because of the bad conditions he was in the first 9 months I had him, and the bad Walmart conditions he was in before that. I've had him for almost a year and a half but that makes him about 2 - not old, but a good age for a betta who spent most of his life in way less than ideal conditions.
I'm glad that I found this forum and was at least able to make the end of his life much better than the beginning! Who knows how long he'll be around, though... I just love coming home to his cute hungry little face!
But anyways, that being said, I know they don't live forever. He could still be around a year from now, or he could be gone tomorrow. It's hard telling... Just like with Bahari. Neither Bahari nor DaBaDee can be replaced but the tanks can be used again to make an even better life for another fish.
I feel like its selfish of me to say that... I lowered DaBaDees quality of life in the beginning with less-than-ideal care and was determined to have Bahari for a long time in proper conditions from the very beginning, but then his bad genetics made it impossible for him to be like a "normal" fish. I'm so excited to get this new rescue from MoonShadow. I want him to be in the best conditions and live a long, happy, healthy life so he does not end up suffering from bad care or genetics like DaBaDee or Bahari. It's just kind of painful to see DaBaDee in his old (but not) age and it was always painful to see Bahari unable to be like a "normal" fish :(
Anyways, it's like 12:30 and I work at 8am so I should get some sleep, lol. Night!
Veyron Sprite Ayala
S.I.P. Okami, Bahari, Lotus, Mercy, Daihatsu, Ascari, Kuraokami, DaBaDee, Zenvo, & Stella <3