So I officially have been bitten by the betta bug. I went to Petsmart to get filters and fish food... and came back with a new girl. So now between my two males; Fishstick and Button and my new girl Shiny, I have three bettas taking up my desk.
I only intended to look at the bettas, but after I was getting Chinese take away last night and saw the saddest little betta in a *filthy* tank with a goldfish... I just had to rescue one little betta. So now I have Shiny! She's mostly white with some redish/purplish color around her gills and little freckles of blue on her back. Her fins are mottled with red, blue and white patches. I still can't believe how tiny she is compared to Fishstick and Button (especially Fishstick). I'm also not certain if she's a Crowntail... she might be a Combtail... anyone know how to tell the difference?
Also, after hearing all the horror stories about chains like Petco and Petsmart, I was pretty proud of how the bettas were fairly well kept. They could have done with a little more space and light and a few needed some water changes... but there weren't any that were dead or visibly sick. What did get me annoyed though was that there were these two huge boxes labeled "Live bettas" that were lying unopened next to all the other bettas...
someone started unpacking them before I said anything though, which calmed me down enormously!
Welcome home Shiny!