Meet my new guy:
Sorry about the poor quality of the shot, but I was getting him acclimated slowly to a bit of salt in a small container before I put him into a bit bigger container to float in his tank while I treat him for several days. I figured it's easier to keep this small container clean and fresh than treating his tank.
So...... I decided to get another betta. Went into town today to get either a boy or girl betta, but only if one jumped out at me! (Not literally, of course.)
I saw this boy right away, but his fins were pretty ratty. I looked at the others and there was another really pretty one whose fins looked very nice and healthy, but I kept coming back to the boy in the photo above. HE jumped out at me, but wasn't sure I should take on a challenge right away, or get the other with healthier fins.... but he didn't jump out at me like purple boy did. I'm pretty sure he's a veil tail.
The shop assistant came to help me and I said I would like the healthy-finned betta. She prepared the bag, about to net the fish out of the tank, then I said "Wait! I want to think some more.... about the purple boy". I told her I was reluctant to get him because of the condition of his fins, and she said the little display thing that suctions to the inside of the tank to show the betta boys & keep them separate fell into the tank and 2 of the boys went at each other over the weekend. So, with some trepidation, I decided to get him and treat him back to health.
As you can see, he's mostly a purple colour with a big red splotch on the top of his head. He also has blue, purple & red on his fins. His pretty colours are what caught my eye and I didn't want to pass him over because of his torn fins for another very pretty, but run-of-the-mill, coloured betta.
I just need to name him and I have a few vague ideas of the type of name I want. I'll update you when I choose what to call him.