Hello and happy day everyone
My name's Ronny and I'm a new daddy to a pair of 2 beautiful Betta fishies
A very red male I named Vulcan (Roman God of Fire)
& a gorgeous turquoise female - Venus (Goddess of beauty)
This is my first aquarium and my very first Betta fishies
I rescued them yesterday from a small local pet shop,
whose Bettas are kept in tiny plastic bags
I have instantly fell in love with the beautiful Betta fish
Now, I've researched a lot, learning and still reading
I'm very excited to join the magnificent world of Betta's
I have also caught a big interest in planted tanks -
I would love to build a natural environment for my Betta's in the future
So here's the short story of the beloved couple -
Although I read everywhere about Betta's aggressive nature
and how they should be kept alone,
I decided to try and house them together - and to my (and yours?) surprise...
Allow me to say, *knocks on wood* I am blessed with the most friendly, calm and gentle, fishie couple.
Firstly, together they began exploring their new tank, 'slow dancing' side by side.
Then, it seems like they're very respectful towards each other -
When one is resting at the bottom the other keeps to his own.
I've learned their behavour and different personallities
Vulcan - The peace and harmony in the tank are thanks to this little fellow's delicate nature.
He is very calm. He spends most of the time swimming elegantly around the tank. Occasionally he will ask Venus to join him, and she usually does.
Venus - She's more playful and active but a little more hessitant and camera shy than Vulcan.
Venus prefers the deep, I caught her sleeping inside one of my shells this afternoon.
Oh, I also caught them doing this very adorable thing I called "fishie pebble tennis"
They were swimming near the bottom when suddenly Vulcan picked up a small pebble and passed it to Venus - she caught the pebble and then spitted it out back to Vulcan. They did it a couple times
It was very fun to watch
So what do you guys think, can this work out?
A lovely Betta couple living in harmony?
I am very happy, I love my new fishies
Now, I've got some more questions for you guys
First, could someone please confirm they really are male & female?
Could you also help identify their kind & age if possible
I think Vulcan is a solid red Veiltail while Venus is a crown tail?
Are their fins okay? Do they look like healthy fish to you?
As you'll see in the pics, I don't have a filter, nor heat or air pump at the moment.
Sadly I cannot trust the owners of the small pet shop in my town to suggest me of filters and stuff
I do want the best for my fish, what do you guys recommend?
I would also like to add some real plants to the tank,
But I feel I should read a lot more about it before I get anything
Perhaps some java moss for a start?
Woo, this post came out a lot bigger than I had planned, pardon!
I hope you guys enjoy my Betta pictures,
Have a wonderful day