Hi Everyone - welcome to my Journal. Not quite sure at this point why I'm making one, but it seems like the thing to do round these parts.
May as well introduce myself a bit while I'm here. My name is Allison - I'm a Network Administrator from the Chicago Suburbs. Or, at least I *was* until my health spiraled out of control last year. Right now I'm off work due to said health down-spiral, but I hope be be able to return to work sometime soon. There is a lot up in the air still - I'm just hoping some of that begins to stabilize.
Outside of my recent brood of finkids, I kept betta as a child. Unfortunately...this was during a period of time when information on betta was sorely lacking and resources to *find* information were limited. To this day I still feel awful about what my early betta went through. In truth - after watching my last two boys suffer in early High School I pretty much stepped away from fishkeeping as a whole. They each lived for 4 years....but "survived" was a better way to describe it. I remember feeling awful for my boys daily, and didn't want more betta to suffer the way they did.
Then - close to 20 years later, I started just looking online for information as to the care of betta *JUST IN CASE* I ever got one. I had a small tank in my closet that my best friend had given me when her cats made keeping *her* set of fish impossible, and with that tank held just a whisper that maybe - one day, I'd pick up a betta again. *Maybe.*
This was all very theoretical until the Day after Thanksgiving this past year. My best friend and I were out - but given it was Black Friday there were limited things we could do to amuse ourselves that weren't jam-packed with people. So, we escaped into Petco. Anytime I was in a petstore for *years* I'd look at the betta - this day was no different. Until I saw - HIM.
On one the shelves was a mostly white and black doubletail with raggedy fins. He didn't look like much, especially when compared to some of the other fish on the shelf. But - something drew me to him. I picked up the cup and looked at the little guy. And - something in me knew at that point I wasn't going home empty-handed that day. I bought a cheap heater (quickly replaced...I spent *SO* much money on stuff I replaced early on), and some Aqueon food and water conditioner (again....replaced). I already had a tank at home, but I didn't have any plants - so I picked up some plastic plants for the tank as well (once again - since replaced). And before I knew it - I had a $50 bill on my hands for a fish *I ALREADY HAD A TANK FOR*. The madness had begun.
Early Callisto - Day 2 Home from the Store.
In the next two weeks - I watch nearly *DAILY* changes from the new member of my household. Before entering the store - I had *no idea* what a "Marbled Betta" was. This changed by the end of night 1 - and while I had *some* idea what might be in store for me, I wasn't prepared for how *QUICKLY* Callisto transformed in front of my eyes to a completely different fish.
Callisto Day 3
Callisto - End of Week 1
Within a week, Callisto was in a larger tank (5gal) with better plants and a better heater thanks to the lovely people at this website. My parents had given me two tanks when they learned I'd bought a fish that had been sitting in the basement since I was a child, but the 5gal was leaking and with pre-Christmas sales it was cheaper to just buy a kit than it was to rehab the old tank. So and *this* introduced the hazards of having more tanks in my house than fish.
At some point in all of this, Hrutan was looking to rehome a spawn - and I claimed a couple. I had the space for them. I just couldn't *get* them right away because I lived in Chiberia in winter and I didn't want them to turn into bettacicles on the way. In preparation for these guys, I *DID* pick up some aquarium sealer just to see if I could rehab the 5gal for future use....and I as able to seal the tank appropriately. I just figured the tanks would wait until those fish could ship.
Yeah - *THEN* I learned how dangerous it is to be in Petco the day that the betta shipment arrives. So much for that.
Neptune, just home from the store
So - with the addition of Neptune, one fish was now Two. Within a few days, I then had Enceladus as well. A couple weeks later - another member here was looking to rehome Pallas - so I took him in as a "Foster Fish" until I can get him to another forum member as a permanent home later this year. Then a few weeks ago - I was in the petstore and saw this stinkin-cute tiny little female.
So - yeah. 6 months ago I would have told you I would probably never own another betta. Now I have 5, with 3 more on the way (Hru's two boys, and another boy from the "The Ones That Got Away" thread) that should arrive next week. (Obviously, more tanks have been purchased along the way as well.)
So...yeah. We'll see how this all goes.
Next To Come: Introductions to the Brood