I remember that day, almost 9 months ago.
January 27th, 2012. Just a week from my birthday. There was snow on the ground, the temperautre was low. And we carried you home.
You easily made your way into your bowl, and I could tell that you had a personality. You were so tiny, and I made the mistake of over feednig you. OOPS!
But then time went on, and you got better, and you started showing your true colors! You flared, showed me that you were very proud of your fishy-ness.
You spent a few months in the dorm and overcame a bad tail split because of a decoration I gave you. Another oops! But your tail still grew, and it got more beautiful than ever.
I began admiring everything about you. Your ventral tip, your orange eyes, your long tail, everything made you so unique. And that's when I started looking for another betta.
But during the time, you encountered some fin rot which left your tail tattered and gross. But, you fought through that, and met your new fishmate, Pudge. But you let him now the terriroty was yours! However, you didn't last long in the tank thanks to sudden bloating.
Only a few weeks went by and I got yet another fish to join the fray, Squirt.And the a little bit later, Bubbles. But, you developed a hole in your dorsal and caudal fin, so I instantly decided to swap tanks. You went from a 1 gallon bowl to a 3 gallon Marineland!
Look at you, so happy :)
And then, yesterday, things took a turn for the worse. You had a sudden fungus spread on your gills and when it came off, you were left with red marks on your body. I treated you, but nothing prepared me for this morning:
Grey. Grey tail.
And it spread within hours. I returned from class and found you lethargic and with the grey now on your anal fin but a chunk missing in your caudal. You were swimming upside down and acting loopy. You'd be lethargic, but swimming around crazily the next. But you were still you in the end. You were still good old Buddha, and I knew you were looking at me in the last few moments. I love you little guy, I miss you. I miss you so much, why did you leave me?
You saved me, you saved me from hurting myself. You saved me from givng up on my life and trying to end it all. And you're gone, and a big piece of me is gone. Why;d you have to go? :'(