Hey there, everyone!
I haven't really been on here too long, actually, I might have posted here already when I first joined but I can't remember. xD I almost certainly have short term memory loss, but I have yet to have a chat with my doctor.
So, yeah, I joined this forum because I'm a betta lover! I've always admired the little beauties, and I've had my fair share of rare and lovely betas. But then, too, some of my little ones aren't beautiful. I'm well known at my local Petco for my most recent addition, Captain Jack, a partially blind opaque white delta tail male betta. Plus, I rarely ever go in without leaving with a fish. I have about... six tanks at any given moment, give or take a few sometimes, and all are community tanks, even ones with my betas. I've always done that, found compatible fish for them to bubble around with.
Anyways, back to Petco.
Jack has brought such a change in me through the past three months, it isn't funny. He has become my bedside buddy, and just seeing him makes me smile. I have plenty animals, including dogs, cats, even cows, but coming home every day to see him puts a smile on my face. He has clearly had a difficult life, being blind for a fish is tough as I've learned, and he has gone through quite the transformation since I bought him. Long story short, his right eye has a sort of bubble over it and over time is becoming foggier and foggier, and his left eye he an only see about 70% out of it. When I got him, he had a bacterial infection that took three weeks to clear up, and his right eye has gotten progressively worse.
But he gets along just fine, having settled into my bedside five gallon tank with my breeding albino corydora pair, and a blind cave tetra added to help him figure out how to work around being blind. Surprisingly, having added the tetra on a whim, the corys and the tetra bonded quickly, and Jack did seem to learn his surroundings better after that.
Jack does have problems balancing and keeping upright, so he used to hide behind the in-tank filter to keep himself straight, but with the recent addition of a betta leaf, he enjoys bubbling around the front of the tank in the light now. He has such a bright personality that he makes me smile. He follows my finger is I drag it along where he can see it with his left eye, and knows the different types of taps on his glass now, several for food and one or two to play. He isn't as active as most betas, but he does just fine.
So, anyways, now that you've taken the time to read an aspiring writer's long post about her blind fish, you know why I joined. I came on to find even more ways to make Jack's life better, and share my betta stories and such! I've been breeding betas for over five years, I've owned them for longer, and I love my fish. I'm so glad to finally find a good betta forum site!