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post #1 of 71 (permalink) Old 06-22-2016, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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I got my first betta when I was quite young (5ish) and looking back now, I probably took terrible care of that fish, but he lived forever and started my betta obsession. I had a string of bettas and guppies as I was growing up. My last "childhood" betta moved with my family from Illinois to Texas in the passenger seat of the car inside my crayon tank, and then lived another four years after that. I don't really remember why I got out of the hobby, but a few months ago my roommate randomly decided she wanted another fish, and one thing led to another...and that is how I acquired "Swim Shady".

Our beginnings were not the best. My roomie bought a female at Petsmart (I saw a marble who caught my eye but balked at the "premium" price), so I told myself I would buy a tank first with her at Walmart before going back to get a fish. At Walmart we went the cheap route and bought one gallon tanks, water conditioner, a few decorations, gravel, and food. The Walmart had a tiny fish display and about seven bettas on the shelf. Five of them looked close to death, but in the front there were two CTs who still had the spunk to flare at each other. I liked the red fins on the one and took home "Sushi".

We took the fish home, set up the tanks, and acclimated the fish. "Sushi" was quite the ornery fellow, he tore his plastic plants out of the gravel and in general was a huge grumpy-gus. All my friends blamed his bad attitude on the fact that I named him as something edible, so "Sushi" became "Swim Shady".

Hindsight is 20/20 and the longer I had Shady the more I realized he deserved better than that dinky one gallon, but lacked the funds/space at the moment to remedy that problem. Instead he got driftwood and marimo moss balls to spruce up his living space. Shady moved home six hours with me and got a new 2.5 gallon tank (National Geographic Aqua Oasis). He enjoys the space, but also likes to scare me half to death by wedging himself in the most precarious positions possible.

A month or so later he seems like he 90% made of fins and will flare at anything and everything (nothing) he sees. Shady is a very picky eater and either refused or choked on all the food I tried to give him (soaked, pellets, flakes, frozen, etc) until I found the Hikari Betta Bio Gold, which he loves. The only problem with him is he hates the current from the filter in his tank, which I think is a by-product of him being all fins, so his filter is baffled with a water bottle. He is not the most visually stunning fish to look at, if he isn't in the light he just looks "Shady", so his new name fits him quite well!

He doesn't have a heater, but it is so hot here his tank is always right around 78 degrees. I'll probably look into one when winter gets closer, but since it is only going to get hotter here I don't think its an immediate need.

There's a few pics of Shady, his tank has always been on my desk in my room so he loves to spend all day interacting with me. The newest pic is the one with the pot since I had to do some re-arranging with the new addition (see next post).

Since I probably won't have too many updates after a while, I'm going to space out the introductions, etc so these aren't unbearably long. Hopefully I can look back and watch how far the boys have come!
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post #2 of 71 (permalink) Old 06-23-2016, 01:21 AM
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Looks like a very healthy, happy, and beautiful fish! Nothing beats the classic look of a blue CT. :)
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You stole my CT.

Nice fish I love that blue.
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About a month ago I went to Petsmart to get a new filter cartridge for Shady's tank (learned my lesson about quarantining live plants the hard way), and I made the mistake of walking past the betta display. A few of the cups had yellow stickers on them and said they were 20% off because they were close to their "sell-by" date. One little white guy stood out to me, but I told myself I didn't need another betta, we had company on the way and I had just upgraded Shady's tank.

So I went home, but I couldn't stop thinking about him and I told myself if he was still there when our company left in a week I would go back and find him. Long story short he was there and looking in worse shape so I scooped him up. The funny part was he was on the front row of the cups (max exposure), but no one was interested in him until I picked him up, and then two people asked me if I was taking him because they thought he was interesting looking. But by then he was in my hands and coming home with me no matter what.

Since he was kind of an impulse buy, he got put in Shady's old one gallon when we got home. I never realized how small he was/how big Shady had gotten until I set his cup near Shady's tank, he looked to be half the size of Shady, and he made the one gallon he was in look huge. I also didn't notice until I got home that his ventral fins were curled in on themselves, and not just really short.

It took me a while to settle on a name for him, he was originally "Arlequin" (after the french black and white clowns), but i finally settled on "James Pond" (JP) to go with the punny theme.

JP got upgraded to the same tank as Shady. The two of them could not be any more different personality wise. JP has only flared like twice the entire time I have had him. He is super friendly and active, he loves riding the current from his filter. He is always up at the front of his tank (on the other side of my desk) waiting for food.

I can't wait to see how he marbles out and for his fins re-grow and straighten out! He is definitely Mr. Personable, and I am so glad I went back for him!
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Another stunning betta! He will look even better once his marbling takes effect. :)

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A few of the cups had yellow stickers on them and said they were 20% off because they were close to their "sell-by" date.
I wonder what they mean by close to sell by date? Unless the fish is dead it can be sold, Betta keepers are famous for buying unwell bettas and nursing them back to health.
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I don't know, they also say "short date" on them as the reason for the discount. I went back to the same store the other day and they still had quite a few of the same bettas on sale, but there were now 40% off. They didn't look like they were doing too good, and it was a struggle not to bring any of them home with me.
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They didn't look like they were doing too good, and it was a struggle not to bring any of them home with me.
Every time I see something like that it breaks my heart.

Heres how a good Petshop houses Bettas, Those cubes are heated and filtered.
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It's too bad it isn't like that everywhere! These are a few that I recognized from the previous time I was there, and are now at a bigger discount.

The store didn't seem to have any additional "sale" bettas this time, only the ones that were there before. Hopefully they won't have such a large amount at one time again.
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That dark one has such great coloring, love his eyes. Can't believe no one wants him.

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