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Old 08-09-2012, 08:21 PM   #1 
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Drago's Mini Photo-Shoot :)

Thought I'd show you all how much Drago has improved since I got him. When I brought him home, my little guy was clamped and tiny, hanging out at the bottom of his cup. It took him several days to finally begin to unclamp and start eating normally (he didn't have too much of an appetite for the first few days), but once he did, I set about putting a little bit of weight onto his little body. We had one little incident where he ripped his fin on one of the plastic plants I stupidly put into his tank, but now... Drago is thriving! It's hard to tell, but I think he's getting bigger (he's not so skinny anymore, at least!)... and he is certainly a lot happier! And so... PICS!

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Old 08-09-2012, 08:32 PM   #2 
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Wow Drago looks great !!!! What a big difference from when you got him and now, that is so awesome ! I have a Royal Blue Crowntail, they are such nice looking guys !
Is he a marble maybe ? Pretty colors !!!
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Old 08-09-2012, 08:47 PM   #3 
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Thank you!! I am super thrilled with how happy he has become in his new home. I was worried for him when he was so miserable-looking for the first few days. I have been thinking he's very young still, maybe still growing a bit?

I am really not sure what to call his color, I'm so bad at colors. He is marble, I think... his body is pale, but it has a very shiny green iridescence. His cup was marked "Dragon Scale Crown Tail Male Betta", but I'm not so sure. His fins are a very vibrant red, as you can see, and in different lights... I've seen his body turn green (which is most common), purple, and even pink! The green extends onto his fins, but again, only in the right light. Of course... I guess I just explained that all needlessly, because his pictures show that. LOL

Anyway, he has what looks to be marbling, some black splotches like you can see. I think someone on here once said he was bicolor, but... I really have no idea. I'm not even sure he's dragonscale. My local Petsmart seems to label their bettas improperly, I even had a salesperson come over and tell me "Oh yeah, wow, a lot of these are in the wrong cups."

Anyone have any idea what color he is?
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:17 AM   #4 
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Wow, he's improved so much...You must be taking good care of him He's beautiful.
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Old 08-10-2012, 02:20 AM   #5 
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Excellent work! Looks gorgeous!
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Old 08-10-2012, 04:07 PM   #6 
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Wow, he's improved so much...You must be taking good care of him He's beautiful.
Thank you! One of these days, I'm hoping to figure out what color he is classified as lol. For now, though, I'm just glad he's healthy and happy. The boy in your avvie is gorgeous, too! Halfmoons are so pretty!

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Thank you very much! The betta in your avatar is really pretty! Is he a veiltale?
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Old 08-10-2012, 04:16 PM   #7 
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You don't mind me asking, what did you do to make him recover so amazingly? I'm just wondering as one day I want to bring home a "rescue" betta.
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You don't mind me asking, what did you do to make him recover so amazingly? I'm just wondering as one day I want to bring home a "rescue" betta.
I don't mind in the least! I didn't do anything special, I just put him into his 2.5 gallon with clean, conditioned water that is heated to a nice 77 degrees. I'm feeding him Aqueon pellets, 3-4 once a day, and he is fasted every Friday so he can clear out his system a little. Once a week I replace his pellets with a couple freeze-dried bloodworms, and every now and then he gets a bloodworm as a little treat. I do two water changes a week, 1 - 50% and 1 - 100%, and he has just blossomed for me!

I totally encourage you to rescue a betta if you have the means to do it! I have heard some amazing rescue stories from other members on the forum, and even my little Drago has made quite a turnaround! Plus, you can find some real beauties in pet stores! (like my little guy! Not that I'm biased lol)
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Ok, thanks! That's one of the great things about pet store bettas; you don't know what they'll turn out like! Beautiful fish, btw. :)
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Old 08-11-2012, 12:27 PM   #10 
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WOW !!!!!

What a difference .... he looks totally AWESOME !!!!

Thumbs and Fins Up to you for the super job you did
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