So, this is my first post at bettafish.com. I'm 38 and have had fish for at least 30 of my years. About 15 years ago I was heavy into bettas and had about 40 of them. I was a junky always looking for a different color or fin style. Fast forward a few years and I got married, had kids, and less space. My bettas all had to be given to new homes, and I was left with a community tank and salt tank for about 10 years. The last few years I've had no fish of any kind, and for someone that's almost always had fish in the home it has really bothered my being without. I got to thinking that a betta would be cool to have again.
A few days ago my wife and I had to stop in at Petco to replace our daughter's kindergarten class hamster. Their's had died and the kids were upset. While my wife was picking out a hamster, I wandered over to the fish section to check out the bettas. They had quite a few, and I found this little double-tail male. He was very pale, but his fins were very nice. We left with the new hamster and no fish, but I've been thinking about that little guy since. Today, while we were in town, I decided to stop back in and see if he was still there. It took some looking, but I found him and made the purchase.
Right now he's in a hex tank that I'd guesstimate at 1.5-2 gallons. I picked it up at a rummage sale for a buck last week(just in case
). It's being kept in a nice warm room until I can get a better tank set-up with light, filter, and heater.
Now, I'm not into naming my fish, other than "the red one" or "the blue one", etc. However, my 5-year old daughter wants to name him Rowdy and my 3-year old daughter want to name him Cutie Pie. I'm a guy, and Cutie Pie just isn't going to cut it, so I guess his name is Rowdy.
Anyway, here he is in his Petco container.
And here he is in his temporary hex tank home a few hours later. He's pretty small. His body is only about an inch long right now.