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.