Hi guys! I just joined the site but I'm pretty eager to get to know everyone! I have a zoo of animals but it keeps life interesting!
My current house inhabitants are
Pandora- 2 year old female mantle Great Dane
Harley Quinn-6 year old female Chow/Shepard mix
Toni- 3 year old female Pit Bull/Australian Cattle dog mix
8-bit- 9 month old male Domestic Short Hair
Big Mac-6 year old Male Red Eared Slider
speedy Gonzalez- 5 year old male Rio Grande Ornate Red Eared Slider
Maizey- 2 year old Creamsicle Cornsnake
and my awesome fish (most of which age unknown)
Thanatos- Male Black Devil dragonscale crowntail
Mako- Male Red/ Steel Blue bicolor (possible giant) crowntail
Tank 3- Natal- Male assumed pineapple veiltail
Tank 4- Empty
Former Occupant: "Red Fish"- Sick Male Red Veiltail
Most of my bettas are rescues from Wal-mart with the exception of Thanatos who was bought in good health from my local Petsmart.
Mako was bought with a slight case of recovering fin rot and was dull and mostly lethargic when I bought him. At first he was so dull I thought him to be black or maybe a copper with red fins. After getting him home,transferred to his 5 gallon home and some food in his belly, he blossomed. He showed his true colors, a lovely iridescent steel blue body with awesome red fins and he is nearly double the size of Natal and Thanatos. He's even almost larger than his plecostomus roommate Thresh.
This picture does him no justice due to my camera being only a crappy camera phone. But he is my baby, he dances with me, especially when I sing and always comes to the front of the tank when I approach.
Thanatos was not a rescue, he was bought after I fell in love with his colors and simply HAD to have a dragonscale.
My newest boy is Natal
I rescued him along with the recently deceased "Red Fish" a couple days ago from Walmart when I saw both suffering from pretty advanced cases of fin rot and could not leave them there knowing that I had saved bettas before successfully and was sure in my ability to do it again. Natal's dorsal fin is tattered and in places makes him look like a crowntail rather than the suspected veiltail. His tail and anal fin definitely look eaten away at but even already I can see them growing back. He is almost completely missing one of his pelvic fins and the other consists of nothing more than a membraneless spine. His body is too darkened for me to accurately tell what he is but his fins are a lovely iridescent peach color and his scales are outlined in black and he seems to have a lovely gold color beneath that. He flares at his reflection and has a lovely bubble nest going after I treated the water with a slight dose of Aquarium salt + API Stress coat. I have had him for roughly a week and already his fins are coming back!
Red fish unfortunately didn't have the same reaction. I treated him the same as Natal but unfortunately I think he'd fought with fin rot one too many times.
His dorsal and one of his pelvic fins were curled and his other fins were in ribbons. His final days were spent in a warm, roomy 10 gallon next to my bed.
He blew me a bubble nest in his last days so I believe he was thanking me for saving him from Walmart even if I didn't succeed in saving his life.
How did you guys come about your bettas? How many rescues do you guys have? And of course I wanna see your pretty babies!