Getting back to your post, BLT - HA - maybe Aang has learned teleportation skills from the snails? Oddly enough, I'd never seen a betta like him but once we got him I'm seeing them everywhere now on the net.
He is doing just fine. He's a wonderful cellophane-y marble and so is slowly changing colour all the time. His dark spots are turning a very bright green, with pale blue as well. There's not a spot of red on him, and he's a DT - so I'd say whoever bred him was at least aiming for something good and not just throwing random fish together. He's in good health and the little bit of raggedy fin he had when we got him is slowly filling in. Daughter's taking excellent care of him and he loves his 8 gallon home.
I hope you & yours are all doing well - good to hear from you! I'll be popping into your journal thread shortly.
Time for an update on little Demyx, though.
After more than six months in a 1.5 'hospital' tank in pristine water and with good food, and after being treated for everything from severe fin melt to popeye and being underweight, Demyx is FINALLY looking a little better.
Which is to say his fins are still very raggedy but also lengthening. And so NOW I can see why it is, exactly, that he has been eating his fins off, and perhaps too why he's so weedy.
It appears that the baby fish (he could not have been more than 3 months at time of purchase..) that we purchased as a "HM" is actually an extreme rosetail.
As his fins fill out again, the ruffly rose tail is becoming quite obvious to us. Daughter's all smug and "told you so" - she's been saying he was a rosetail for months but I really couldn't see the ruffles for the terrible state of his fins, and they were only half this length..
He's still gnawing his dorsal off a bit - I cannot say I blame him, as if the new rays he's growing are any indication, that fin is as high as the poor fish is long. His anal fin is growing out to a massive heavy sheet that's impeding his swimming quite a lot, but the dorsal actually tips him over, it's so heavy - he has trouble negotiating even the most basic natural behaviours, feeding and swimming around his plants.
Keep in mind here: his dorsal fin is still only 1/3 actually there. And it's tipping him over with its weight.
It's terribly sad to watch. I keep saying what a little sweetie pie he is, and that's because he really is one, and a trooper with it. Whoever bred this poor fish either didn't give a crap about the impracticality of trying to swim with a massive rosetail, or didn't have a clue what they were doing and ought to be kicked in the pants for such utter thoughtlessness, and then kicked again for sending their culls to my pathetic LFS.
Now I'm even more inclined to despise those breeding fish for their own satisfaction and wanting something "different" without a thought as to how the resulting fish may have to live - and suffer - for their selfish sense of 'achievement'..
Anyway, if Demyx keeps improving and doesn't get ill again, I'll probably give him a slightly bigger tank after we move. I'm looking at the same 8-gallon setup that Aang has, only with a lower water level so he can swim more easily with his regrown, stupidly floofy fins.
Mind you - as I said, his fins are only half regrown. They're still majorly raggedy and in places still quite torn up - and even half healed, he can barely keep upright for the sheer weight. I HATE to think what kind of weight he'll be trying to drag around if they heal completely and all the ruffles fill in.
For goodness' sake, breeders of "exotic" extreme fin types --- pull your heads out of your collective rectums and think about quality of life for those creatures you're bringing into the world.
I just had to say that.
I feel a little better now.