I figured since I love showing off my boys I'd start a journal. They're not going to be too happy since it means more photo shoots but oh well.
I have 5 betta fish, two veil tails, a Super Delta tail, a half-moon and a rose tail (half-moon spread).
Jasper, my blue Veiltail is the one I've had the longest out of this group of boys. I got him after my late red VT Ignus passed away due to swim bladder problems. Jasper wasn't my first choice, as there was a marbled boy I was looking at but we had limited time and I couldn't go look at the marbled boy again. Even though he's not my first pick out of the guys they had at the petco I love him to bits. I've had him since March 22, 2014 and he will be (estimating) one year in January. From nose to base of tail he is about an inch and a half long, though his caudal fin is much longer now. He's recovered from a few bouts of fin rot and is super grumpy, he's probably my most grumpy fish. He doesn't like caves, he prefers his big purple plant.
Going in order of who I got, Castiel comes next. Got him the day after my birthday 7-5-14.He's my red/white bicolor dragon scale Super Delta. He was 100% impulse buy. Went to petco for cat litter and came back with a fish. Cas was a biter in the store but has not bit since that I've been able to tell although his tail has remained rather ragged as its grown back. Cas has a crooked spine (from what I can tell) and he also has a cyst/tumor on his left side behind his gills which is growing. It doesn't affect his behavior at all.
I got Oliver two weeks after I got Cas on 7-20-14. He's my red/blue bicolor Rose tail Halfmoon. Another impulse buy, got him before the tank, kept him in a tupperware for a few days then divided Jasper's 2.5 gallon. Needless to say that didn't go well, Jasper shredded his tail causing bout one of fin rot, Oliver bit too but didn't get rot. Got Oliver his own 2.5 gallon and he's much happier.
My crazy fish buying stopped for a bit here until this past Saturday (10-25-14) when a friend who just recently got into bettas went to petco for some more stuff for her boy and found Dean, didn't end up getting him till Sunday 10-26-14 though. Still not 100% sure what color he is but he's my half-moon. She knew I was looking for a half-moon similar to his coloring. (my dream betta is an opaque white half-moon) and he looks cellophane which is another one of the ones I have up there. He does have a band of white on his caudal and his fins aren't see through but you can see blood vessels and organs. He's one of my mystery fish. He hasn't eaten yet but I'm guessing he's just still settling in from the trip home.
Last but certainly not least is my newest boy (well one of them...) Sammy. He's my mystery color VT. I brought him home on 10-28-14. He came from the psychology wing of my school where he was involved in an experiment where (from what I've been able to gather) he was conditioned to be abnormally aggressive towards other fish/reflections. Kept in a smaller container next to other boys with cardboard dividing them not heated or filtered. When I got him home he was so clamped and quite bloated. It's only been two days and he's come out of his shell much more. Currently housed in a 5.7 liter tupperware until I can get something better he's doing well. Has a nest built, flaring, colors have come out a little more, active. I'm excited to see how he grows.
I will post more on the boys as they get bigger or progress and once the new boys have their tanks all up and running I'll post pictures then!.