My little guy was supposed to arrive in the mail on Saturday, but something held him up and he didn't get here until Monday (today). I was a nervous wreck, it was a hot 90 degree weekend, he was shipped from overseas only the week prior, the only fish I ever got in the mail, and well... it was scary. It was a four day trip all together, but I suppose I may have over reacted looking back at how scared I was.
As I was opening the box he swam right up to me (probably thinking "OMG LIGHT YES") and all was good.
Here he is, about an hour or so after his introduction to his new home,
His coloring and the way he swam about in a video is what made me pick him. It is my favorite color combo.
I do intend to fully spoil this little dude. He has a cycled 5 gallon home and I'm trying to deck it all out.
Those two plants on the right I am going to remove soon since they are too rough. I have some java fern in quarantine that I want to replace them with. I also have some flame moss I want to grow over his make-shift cave in the back, plus some drift wood to add.
He has a nano marimo moss ball in there also (named it Tribble) and I wanted to add my bigger one too, but I discovered that it has worms. They are white, tubular, about a half-inch long and I don't know if I want to do that...?
I stuffed his TARDIS with a black sponge because... it's not bigger on the inside.
So, when I finally let him loose in there he was initially really shy and hid behind his filter. Slowly he decided to explore something, then quickly would dash back to his hiding spot.
Now he is all over the place! Poking around in every nook and cranny, checkin' out the cave, flares, and going up to swim in the filter's current (which is set really low). Just carrying on like how bettas do! He swims right up to me if I put my face up close to the glass and sometimes I see his eyes dash up to the surface- probably wanting food!!
He is an absolute piggie as far as I can tell. I know he is hungry anyway, that was a long ride. I don't want him to gorge all at once though so have been slowly feeding him a pellet here and there (he even got a frozen blood worm!). He gobbled up everything as soon as he noticed it.
The thing is..
What on earth should I name him!?! I have no idea!! I was thinking something scifi or science related maybe, sorta fits the theme that's starting, but nothing is calling out to me. I'll update the journal title once I know.
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