I've been here for about a month now, reading threads to expand my knowledge and occasionally asking for advice, and I decided it was time I introduced Rakki and myself.
Feel free to call me Raven or Jen. I'm 25 years old, an avid reader, and devoted mama to four cats, ranging in age from thirteen years to four years, and one betta. This is the first time I've had a betta since I was a kid. It didn't go too well back then since I knew nothing about bettas and made some very novice mistakes, so I didn't think I wanted to have a fish again any time soon. Then Rakki came along.
Rakki was left behind by a previous tenant in one of the other houses my landlords own. (Seriously, who leaves a fish behind?!) Our landlords didn't know what to do with it, so our neighbors who also rent from them suggested they bring the fish to us. We weren't too sure about it, but we figured we'd give it a shot. They brought us a gorgeous male veiltail betta with a dark blue body and red fins. We got him comfortable and set about trying to find him a name. We finally settled on Rakki, which according to Google means "lucky" in Japanese. Even if Google told us wrong, we still like the strong sound of the name for our tough little fish.
We've had a couple of mishaps while I've been trying to learn enough to keep Rakki happy and healthy, but he's shown that he's a tough fish. So here we are, roughly two months later, learning what we can and doing the best we can to keep Rakki healthy and happy.