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Old 08-28-2013, 07:18 PM   #1 
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First Betta Adventure

I have had Earl for about a month now, and I decided to do a journal on him! Because I thought it would be fun..

I got Earl from a summer camp I attended. It was an Animal Behavior camp, so we were using four male bettas to watch their behavior against each other. The teacher needed to find homes for all of them so I got one! He is a red crowntail betta, and she got him from PetSupplies Plus.

Currently he is in a large, 1.5 gallon, what is technically a vase, but it's large and rounded. He has a Tropica Fern, the little plastic cup he came in(Until we get him a cave) and a plastic plant(which is not cutting his fins.). Soon he will hopefully be getting a 5 gallon, SQUARE tank.

Shortly after I got him his fins started curling at the tips, I read that it may just be genetic, since many pet stores don't have good breeders.

I've cleaned his tank once in the month since I got him, only out of the fear that if I did it wrong I'd kill him. Now I plan to do it once, or twice a week.

He has a funny personality. He will attack food from my finger to get it and eat it. When I put my finger to the glass he will come slowly, flaring up, and then he will run off. He likes to act bigger then he is, but I know he loves me. He just likes to act tough. ^-^ I like to sit next to him, and when I do this he will swim around, doing his own thing. But every now and again he will come and look at me, almost like checking to make sure I'm still there.
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:52 AM   #2 
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The fin curling could also be from hard water - it's just an appearance issue and nothing to worry about really :) Glad to hear you got him home where he'll be taken care of. Post a picture next time, I'd love to see what he looks like :)
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Old 08-29-2013, 12:01 PM   #3 
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I can add pictures since I figured out how with my phone! All of them are rather dark, and he's quite skittish with the camera.(Which makes his mommy sad because she is a complete photography nerd!) Sorry!

(Not sure how to do captions on any but the first pic..help? ^-^')

Him shortly after bringing him home:(I do think he's grown a bit since this day!)
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Old 08-29-2013, 12:02 PM   #4 
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And here is one more for now! More recent:(I think you can see the minor curling on this one.)
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Old 08-29-2013, 12:21 PM   #5 
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I took a light to Earl's tank to try and get his coloring better, so I thought I'd post the best picture:
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:06 PM   #6 
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Earl is very handsome!
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:48 PM   #7 
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I have my Betta, Hatori Hanzo, next to my bed, and when I sit on my laptop he comes over and stares at me also. Then when i look at him, he turns and swims away really fast!!! LOL! I tell my boyfriend that he plays games with me.....haha! Earl sounds awesome!
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Old 09-11-2013, 02:19 PM   #8 
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So, just a little update on Earl since I haven't been on in awhile.

I moved him recently. So that he was further from the floor, 3 hyper dogs, and 3 hyper children, I worried for his safety! But I ended up breaking one of the jars I hold water conditioned in and I'm out of water conditioner so I gotta get that..

My birthday was Sept. 6th, I turned 15, and for my birthday I got a 500mm lens. It's WONDERFUL for taking pictures of Earl with! I can put it far enough away to where he doesn't run away but close enough so he comes to investigate!
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I'm looking forward to some pics taken with the new camera.
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I'm looking forward to some pics taken with the new camera.
Currently I'm unable to get GOOD pictures off my camera, as my computer is broken.. But I can post a picture of a picture! Haha.
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