I've found over the years that my username is somewhat a mouthful, and altogether difficult. So feel free to call me Iris. I'm currently an animal science student, work at a veterinary hospital/boarding facility, and plan on attending a veterinary technology program next fall. I've always been drawn to animals, and have studied small/large animals with equal enthusiasm. I ride western (I don't show but have been urged to by several trainers), and started learning to drive draft horses last year. I am, however, fairly green when it comes to fish-keeping.
Like most children I had the token goldfish; my brothers did as well. I kept a betta for a while when I was young, and I've been in love with them ever since. It wasn't until recently that I decided to dive back in though. I always have the need to mother an animal, and this was the most feasible way to do so with my current schedule/income/school life. I've spent months reading this forum, wanting to be the best betta mom I can be. I still need your help though! Which is why I decided to start this journal, to chronicle my progress and learning.
But enough about me! Let me introduce you to my new (still currently unnamed) little betta.
I swear every time I try to photograph him he puts on a swimming show! Which only makes it more difficult to get a photo :) He has been so active and curious since he arrived. I was worried the filter would be to strong for him (he's in a Fluval Spec V), but he loves to ride the current, and has no trouble swimming against it. When I do a water change, he likes to swim up under the water I pour in and play in the bubbles it makes. I'll be getting him some more plants soon as he really enjoys hiding in them (he sleeps on the floating water sprite in the upper right hand corner of the tank).
He is a very sweet boy, and I look forward to learning more with him. Hopefully I can figure out a name soon. I am the biggest Harry Potter nerd so I'm trying to pick a name related to the books. But for now, thanks for reading!