months ago, i walked into the pet store, wanting a new betta, but not really looking to get any. i had a pocket full of money, and planned on upgrading my current bunch to divided 10 gallons. instead, i walked out with a new, white HMPK. i'd sworn them off, after Weiss died last year, but this little guy was so small, and had been there over a week. he seemed content in scooting about in the little half-gallon tank they had him in, but called to me in his own way. so, i bought him, and called him Fish on the way home.
when i got him home, i noticed right away that something was up. he wasn't wiggling at everything outside his cup. i cussed, because the 2 gallon KK i bought for him was cracked. so, i set him up in the spare 1 gallon tank i had, and mixed his light and dark green rocks up, thinking they made him stand out great. it was then, i noticed he was blind. he didn't eat the pellets i fed him, and stared at them for a long while, tasting them only after they started to fall and were almost lost in the rocks. it was then, i made the choice to leave his tank bare-bottomed.
the next day, i called the pet store, asking them if i could exchange the tank for a different one. they said of course, and i went back. they didn't have any more KK's, so i spent the extra bit to get him an actual 2.5 gallon tank. it was a challenge, raising a blind betta, but he and i worked together easily. i quickly learned what was easiest for him, and adapted his tank to suit him. he was a great neighbor to Ichi, who didn't mind him one bit. he didn't care how ugly his tank was, and was never bored.
but, all that ended today. i went to feed him, only to find him laying on the bottom of his tank. i freaked out and shifted his tank, and he frantically swam up for air, not able to right himself. he was fine just yesterday, so it was a shock to see him like this. swim bladder issues, is what i figured. i checked on him just now..... to find him dead, on the bottom. i'm shattered. it was so sudden, and i didn't even get the chance to try to help him. i just lost Purple a week ago, and now my special boy, Theodore. i'm trying so hard to not break down again and cry.
Theo.... you taught me alot about bettas. how adaptable they are, and how smart they are. i can use what you taught me, to help so many people. blindness isn't common in most bettas, but it's more common in dragons, and is something we're gonna hafta deal with as dragons become more and more popular. what i learned with you, will help so many people who fall in love with those shiny boys and girls, and for that, i thank you. i'm sorry we didn't have long together, and i'm sorry i couldn't save you.... i loved you alot, and i hope you know that...