I thought that since I'm starting a new adventure in betta keeping with the purchase of my new marble yesterday, it might be fun to keep a "journal."
I'd had bettas when I was a kid, but I was young and ignorant and inexperienced, so it generally didn't turn out well for the poor fish. I hadn't had any interest in having fish as an adult, but then Rakki came along. My little rescue fish was left behind in a rental house when the renter moved out, and my landlords gave him to my fiance and me because they know we're animal lovers. I fell in love with the little guy's flowing fins and feisty personality. He suffered through my learning curve, and he's been with us for about a year and a half so far. He's been happily living it up in a 5-gallon tank for almost ten months now.
I didn't have any other bettas other than him. Until yesterday.
As an early birthday present, my fiance took me to Petco to pick out a betta. I was looking for a mustard gas initially, but then I spotted this little marble deltatail. We walked around the rest of the store while I decided if I wanted to get this fish or go to Petsmart to see if they had a mustard gas. I ended up deciding I couldn't leave him, so he came home with us.
New fishy is temporarily settled in Rakki's old 1-gallon bowl until I can buy a proper tank and heater in a week or two. He seems to be making himself at home. He already ate three NLS pellets for me today once he figured out pellets are food. He let one sink, then inspected the second one and decided to try it. I guess he liked it because he ate two more. I put a little silk plant, a new anubias I'd bought, and an extra leaf hammock in the bowl with him, and he already loves the anubias. I guess that means I'll have to make sure he has some live plants in his future tank.
Rakki is, of course, getting plenty of attention so he doesn't get jealous, haha.
No name yet for new fishy, but I'm already turning over names in my head. I want to see what his personality is like first. And how his colors develop, I guess, since he looks to be a marble. He has a couple of blue spots on his tail right now, a transparent area in his tail, and the most adorable black mask on his face.
These are some ideas that are floating around:
Darwin (because he might change color over time, ha)
Ghost (suggested by my mom)
Yurei (Japanese word for ghost)
Olaf (a snowman with a colorful personality, and I like Disney princess movies)
Yuki (Japanese word for snow)
Borealis (like the aurora borealis)
Bandit (because of his mask)
More ideas to come, I'm sure.
I'd love to hear any name suggestions you might have.