i hate that i have to write this. she was only a year and some months old.... he turned one around the 4th of July. i got her last year, after my first white HMPK, Weiss, passed after a long battle with...... I still dont' know what. a friend of mine knew how hard i tried to save him. shoot, i spent over $50 to get him a big tank and heater! but, all i could do was watch as he withered away to nothing, not even strong enough to reach the top of an inch of water. i sat there after he passed, and looked where his tank was, and suddenly had the urge to set it up again. i scrubbed his tank with scalding water, so hot it turned my skin angry pink, and set it back up, heater and all.
i'd gotten a package from said friend a day later. i'd bought some Red Cherry Shrimp and Java moss from her, as well as some snailies(MTS' and a Gold Mystery Snail who, sadly, didn't survive the trip). i opened the box, pulled out the bags, and checked out my shrimp. there they were, cute little shrimpies, including a HUGE female. then, i saw something in the moss. a little speck, that didn't look like a shrimp, with the biggest speck-eyes. i pulled out the note that came with the box, and saw that she gave me a fry from her green dragon HMPK spawn. i broke down crying.
i quickly floated the bag of shrimp and fry, and an hour later, let her out. even at a month old, she was curious, checking out the plants, moss, and poking at the shrimp. i started research right away on fry raising, and, thanks to a breeder friend of mine, learned what temp would help her grow best, and crushed up some NLS Grow pellets for her and the shrimp. a few days later, i got some BBS in the mail, and started a hatchy-thing for them. i loved Chappy already, and called her my "baby fish" for months, before deciding on a pair of names. "Chappy Belle" if she was a girl, after JRock singer Gackt's dog, who died years ago. "Cloud" if she was a boy, after the Final Fnatasy VII main character.
i took so many pictures of her, showing the girl i got her from how she was thriving. sadly, the shrimp didn't make it, and i was left with one, a little guy i called Scampi. well,one day, Scampi went missing. i was so confused. i'd have seen his body if he died, but i didn't. i checked the cup i had Chappy in while doing her water change, and saw she had an oddly large belly. she'd eaten a shrimp who was about her size! i laughed so hard, and scolded her.
i happily watched as she grew. i was so excited when her dragon scales came in. i squealed with glee when i found out she was a girl. i freaked out when she turned black. i sobbed inside when her dragon scales vanished. i cried openly when she died.
i went last night to move everyone to their new homes on my dresser. one-by-one i toted them over. first was Spy, who swam happily about when i came near. next was Ichi, who looked miffed that i interrupted his sleep. next was Chappy. who was laying on the bottom of her tank, pale and dead. my hand flew to my mouth, and i whispered "my god, Chappy... no..."... i felt numb as i stood there, staring at her un-moving body. my baby girl, the betta i raised from a month-old fry, was dead. i walked back to my bed, sat on it, brought my knees to my chest, and cried into a clean shirt(that ain't so clean no more). i ignored everything for ten minutes, and just cried.
i feel horrid. if i'd paid more attention to her, instead of just passing her not feeling good off to stress from moving, or it being time for a water change, she'd still be with me. my baby girl.... i'd wanted to find her a nice dark blue dragon HMPK to breed her with, toss some of her marble into a blue dragon line. she was the only betta out of all of mine that i wanted to breed, because she was my first breeder betta. her parents were beautiful blue-green dragons.... i don't think i'm gonna get anymore for a while, at least until i can figure out why i lost so many, so fast. i hate posting here, and hate this one the most of them all....
RIP, Chappy Belle. i hope you know, how much you meant to me. you were, truly my favorite....