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The beautiful life of Sushi

Hello everyone! This is my attempt at creating a journal for my sweetheart Sushi! She's getting older each day and I just thought I would talk about how she is doing here and there. Mainly as a way to cope, because as I said, she's getting old, and I am trying not to loose my mind. I got Sushi 2 years ago, Labeled as a "baby boy" at Petco. I got her during my "Teenage rebel phase". I got kicked out of school for bad grades, lost all my friends, got into the wrong crowd, ect. I was a bit lonely and decided to walk to Petco(which was 2 mins walk from where I lived at the time)and check out some fish. I went to the bettas and saw the baby bettas. The babies were STUNNING. So beautiful and colorful! But a small little brown one caught my eye and I knew I had to have him!(labeled as a boy at the time). I was in online school, so I lots of free time so I called my dad up and asked him if he could transfer $15 into my bank account so I could buy "Lunch" lol. He gave me $15 and I went and bought my baby, a small gallon tank, gravel, and a house. I ended up telling my dad what I bought(because I was excited and guilty)and he laughed. He got home that evening and we went back to petco. He bought me an adult betta, 2.5 gallon tank, gravel, plants, and another house! (as well as food and other supplies) I named that betta Jose, he sadly died 4 months latter(S.I.P love). Anyways I was so excited about my fish. Months started to pass and things got a lot more difficult. Parent were getting back together, I was going to that stupid public school again, things were not going fantastic. Each day was hard, but coming home each day and playing with Sushi through her tank glass made up for it. Did I forget to mention I had NO heater or filter? Yeah, I didn't know ANYTHING. Sushi went through so much because of my lack of knowledge lol, poor girl eventually turned into a tank. She could go through anything and come out perfectly fine lol! Sushi has always been my best friend through a lot things I was going through, and I love her to pieces for that. I learned to clean up my act and my family and I got onto a better relationship, which made everything so much easier. It was still rocky, but it was growing. Things took a fall again. My relationship with parents almost destroyed. It all resulted in me spending almost all of my time with Sushi. I was just so lonely and unhappy, but being with her made things better. Fast forward a couple months. I change my attitude completely, as well as my life, relationship with parents and family is awesome(still to this day) and things start to make a good change, with made things so much better! My parents were able to explore my love for my fish, meet them, play around with them, ect. Sushi was never and still to this day is never considered "a fish". When my family talks about her, they call her by her name. It was nice to share my passion and be able to be taken seriously. So, Sushi was considered a part of the family, our finned baby. Fast forward a couple more months and we buy a house. Everything goes AMAZING. Sushi is happy, I am happy, family is happy. My new room is facing the front of the house, which is facing the rise of the sun, so I was able to pull my blinds up early in the morning so Sushi could have some natural light before turning on her Aquarium light and boooy did she love it! And still does!! Fast forward a couple MORE months and Christmas rolls around. My Grandma sent me $100 dollars and I bought Sushi a 10 gallon tank and a bunch of plants! She was so shocked when she went into the tank that she didn't move just looked at everything as if she was a bit nervous! (I forgot to mention I put her into a 2.5 gallon before this)She was going from a 2.5 gallon to a 10 gallon! She absolutely loved it! She hads slept every night behind the filter and every morning comes to greet me at the tank, still following my face and my finger everywhere, she truly is an absolute sweetheart! As I said, I have had Sushi for 2 years, and it is starting to show. She now has Cataracts, which is not to bad, she can still find my finger and chase it and she can still chase her food pellets! She has also spent more time laying at the bottom instead of the top(she is not sick). So just lays at the bottom and if I come up to her tank, she immediately swims to my face super fast to greet me!!<3 She no longer sleeps behind her filter every night, she sleeps mainly at the bottom, and every couple nights she sleeps behind the filter She was my first fish, and I love her so much. I'm not exactly ready for the upcoming months, but I just thought I would share her beautiful life with you guys.
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Well written. Sounds a bit like my life right now, but grades are good. I'm trying! My parents think that I'm not, though, LOL. Will be following! :D
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Thank you so much! I'm glad your grades are good! Mine as well! It gets hard sometimes, I am in online school so my parents can see what I do and they know I am trying, but before that, I was in public school and my parents ALWAYS thought I wasn't doing my best. "Try harder" "You aren't doing your best" "I know your smarter than this" Blah blahhh lol! Thanks so much again! :) :)
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>>UPDATE<<

Hello! Just doing an update on my sweetgirl! I figured I would do any update every 2 days. She had been doing pretty good! She laying at the bottom a bit more but she has started sleeping behind her filter a bit more like she used to which makes me happy! She is still eating good which is an amazing sign. The awesome/strange thing is that she has cataracts but is still able to chase her pellets like a pro! It's like she still has perfect eye sight! It's absolutely amazing! Lately she has an a rather odd obsession with the filter lately lol. She has been getting blown away by it recently which is weird because that never used to happen. She is probably obsessed with it because she's probably wondering what is pushing her away lol! Poor girlIf you guys have seen my recent threads/posts you would know I have 3 baby bettas that I am currently raising! I always put their tanks side by side with Sushi's so they can see each other. At first Sushi hated them! Especially Petra! But now she seems to enjoy their company! I was initially raising the babies to put in later on with Sushi as a sorority! Buuutt she's getting rather old and I don't think she would be able to handle the energy of a couple youngster lol! I have been thinking about just purchasing a 5 gallon tank to put Sushi in by herself and buying a couple more Female bettas to put in the sorority instead. I am 99% sure one of the babies I got was a male but I just could not bring myself to take him back to the petstore(we kinda bonded... lol!)But Sushi doesn't seem to mind the babes but I don't feel 100% comfortable with adding young females with her because she is 2 years old. Buuutt the babies bettas are still definitely babies and will be for another couple of months so I am gonna put this out of my mind and think about it in another month or 2! Other than those few things Sushi has been doing pretty good. Still eating like a champ and swimming like one(most of the time!) Will update again in a couple days! Thanks so much for reading!

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>>UPDATE<<

Hello everyone! Another update on my girl! I haven't been able to update in a couple days because of the Flood evacuation. Sushi was evacuated with me as well as all of my other bettas. She was perfectly fine! I don't think she cared to much, lol. There is another small chance that there will be another flood evac, and Sushi will be comin along again! So, all of my fish tanks are on my looooong low dresser. It has a third leg in the middle for support which is awesome! Sushi's tank is on the far left(It's left if you are facing the front of it.)and my bookcase faces the dresser. Well, my mom bought me some new bedroom lights at ikea and they're purple!!(Much better than my last ones, they were really bright and slightly disturbed the bettas!)Well, Sushi sleeps behind the filter and the purple lights shine directly into where Sushi sleep so she wouldn't sleep there until I covered that side with a towel and now she sleeps there again! Also, Sushi's tank has EXPLODED with algae! Diatom to be exact. Which makes perfect sense because her tank is fairly new. I posted a thread about it and some of the members(LittleBettaFish(thank you!)and another member in which I cannot remember their name(sorry and thank you!)told me that it was not harmful which made me very relieved! I am going to do a water change tomorrow. I also have to take all of the plants out, soke and clean them, then I have to scrub the house thingy she has, clean some of the sand, take the filter out, clean that because it's covered in algae as well, as well as the heater so that has to get cleaned as well, THEN I have to clean all of the algae up. My mom took me to Petco and bought me some Tetra algae tablets so after I clean everything, I'll drop one in there! One fizzy disk cleans 10 gallons which is awesome. I'm a bit worried actually because the box says that it contains Copper which can be harmful to fish but if I follow the directions it "shouldn't" harm the fish. It shouldn't or it for sure wont!?!? Ugggh I stress to much about my bettas. Sushi was my first betta fish and I raised her from a baby. She is MY baby and I wouldn't be able to handle anything bad happening to her especially if it was because I didn't do something right. Well, I'm confident I'll do everything right! Guess we'll see! Also, Sushi has developed some white specs on her left pectoral fin, but it doesn't seem to harm her in anyway, well not yet at least, she still happy as ever! Here are some updated pictures. Thanks for reading! Will do another update soon!

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>>UPDATE<<

Hello all! Apologies for not posting an update for a while. I just wanted to wait until I could have lots to talk about, and I do! Sushi has been doing awesome! She is resting at the bottom of her tank more but when I try to take a picture, she just swims back up really fast and excitedly! She's adorable. If you guys have read some of my other updates, you would know that Sushi developed Cataracts(there are pictures of her cataracts on my first journal update!)or so I thought they were cataracts... her eyes are almost completely cleared. I don't think it was cloudy eye. She could see fine and was acting normal. But correct me if I am wrong but I do not think cataracts go away.. so what was the cloudy slate over her eyes!? Oh well. I'm just glad it's gone<3. I am seriously stressing out. I have always wanted a betta sorority and when I found out Sushi was a girl, I thought it was the perfect opportunity. I was so caught up in the moment and went and bought some babies to raise not even thinking how it could affect Sushi. Sushi is my first betta ever. She is my beloved betta. My baby. How on earth am I supposed to put in a bunch of young females in with Sushi? 1.) She's 2 years old. 2.) She's massive. And I am not exaggerating. She is literally the size of a Male King Betta. She's large for a female. I just don't want anything bad to happen. I love all my bettas. I can't get a separate tank for Sushi because I don't have enough plugs. And even if I did, I'm pretty sure if I did get a new tank, my house would blow up. Arrrrg! I'm so frustrated. I wish I would've thought this through. I'm sorry Sushi. But the babies are now toddlers and they still have quite a while before they grow up. It's super funny because whenever my mom comes into my room Sushi gets soooo angry! She starts flaring and throwing herself at my mom lol! And my mom gets super excited when my male, Tutankhamun flares lol. Each time she comes into my room to see my fish, she always talk to them in a baby voice lmao. It's pretty awesome. My mom deserves a lot more credit than I give her for putting up with my love for fish and not treating me like I'm annoying or that my hobby is stupid. So thanks mom<3. So, I got these purple lights to hang in my room(I think I mentioned in my last update)because I hate the dark lol and the hang around my bookcase and Sushi's tank is right next to it and the purple lights shine right into her tank so I have been using a towel to cover her at night but the purple still shines a wee bit. I think it's aggravating her. I just wish so badly that people could understand my fish hobby. People think I'm "obsessed". Seriously? Soooo if I talk about fish here and there then I'm considered obsessed and weird? But you can talk 24/7 about shoes, purses, jewelry, what new electronics came out blah blah and it's normal? Whatevvvvver just leave me alone lol! Well, I need to do homework lol. Will do another update on my precious girl in a few days. Thanks for reading guys.
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>>UPDATE<<

Hey all. Doing a sudden update because Sushi isn't doing okay. Yesterday I posted a thread asking for help because her poop was white and stringy. Yesterday morning I took the towel off the side of her tank and she went ballistic. Swimming at crazy speeds, developing stress stripes, slamming into everything, the only way I can describe it, is that she literally looked like a ping pong ball. Her caudal fin and her dorsal fin are starting to shred and she wont even come up to me when I go up to the tank. She just backs up slowly and squeezes herself between the heater or she'll hide behind the filter(which has been her sleeping spot for months) She keeps hiding behind the plants, hardly moving and I can't get decent pictures. This is not Sushi. I've had her for 2 years and we have the best bond anyone could have with a betta. She always swims happily up to my face and swims around excitedly. She isn't hardly moving now. I'm so worried about her. I'm going to feed her in about an hour and see if she takes. Will be doing another update in a bit. Thanks.

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>>UPDATE<<

Hey all. Doing another quick update. Sushi ate. Thankfully. She still wont come up to the glass like normal and when she does, she gets completely freaked out over me or my finger. I still do not understand why her fins are starting to rip up. It took a while to get her to stop ping pong balling around the tank. She was literally slamming into everything, I thought she was going to knock herself out. My mom was saying that it could be her time. I mean she is 2 years old. But I don't believe it. I'll be doing another update in a few days. Thanks for reading.

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>>UPDATE<<

Hey all! I know I said I would do another update in a few days, but writing everything do and hoping someone is reading make me feels so much better. I went out at about 3:30, absolutely terrified to leave Sushi alone. Fed her 2 pellets and went out the door. My mom took me to Petco and bought me a betta leaf. Sushi's fins are starting to tear up and I'm unsure why. I put the leaf by the heater so she could sleep or hang out somewhere other than the heater and filter, not to mention the heater seems to be her place of choice right now. When I came back home, she was actually in a good mood! She was very excited to see my mom and I! She didn't even back away! Now, she's kinda moping around again, starting to back up when I come near the tank. Hopefully she'll use the leaf, she's definitely interested in it that's for sure lol! I'll be doing another update in the morning. Honestly, I'm terrified. Thanks for reading. :)

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>>UPDATE<<

Hey all! Sorry for not updating this morning, I had Math tutoring. For. 2. hours. Man it's exhausting. But I got Panda Express afterwards :) Sushi's pretty much the same as yesterday. Starting bouncing off everything in the tank again. She only acts happy when it's time for feeding. About 5 minutes after she eats, it's back to moping around. She usually hangs out by the heater but the fact that she isn't happy anymore scares me. She was such an energetic little girl and now she has no interest for anything except food. I'm glad she's at least eating. I don't think she'll be losing her appetite anytime soon lol. I still cannot understand why her fins are starting to tear! Maybe it's because she's literally bouncing off everything in the tank and the plants are cutting her? I thought maybe it was the filter or heater, because she hangs out behind the filter but not anywhere near the part that sucks up the water. I thought maybe the heater because that's her new favorite place. That or the far right back corner. I got her the Betta Leaf yesterday but she has no interest in it whatsoever. I may just put it in Tutankhamun's tank. Arrrg. This whole thing is super frustrating and so confusing. There's just nothing I can do. Well, that I know of. I just don't understand what this could be. All I know is this starting happening when she had that really long stringy white poop. My mom suggested constipation but I don't understand how that could be. She has been eating the same exact amount of pellets everyday for 2 years. She's not bloated either. Oh well. I'm not to worried like I was yesterday. I think the time to panic will be when she stops eating, but I don't think that will happen. Well, hopefully. Anyways, I'm going to keep watch of her over the weekend and see how she does. Will do another update soon. Thanks for reading guys. :)

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