It wasn't technically a LOCAL shop, and thankfully not the one I buy my regular supplies from (which is less than a five minute drive away from my house-- I am a very, very lucky person), but when I heard it was closing I had to go check it out.
Bettas were, to my surprise, all in wonderful condition. Their living conditions were small, but they were all kept in pristine water (all thirty-someodd of them) and none appeared to be sick or inattentive. I, of course, went in looking for a sick one and came out with two of the happiest boys I've ever met.
Anyway, here are Ross and Taffler! (That is a Canadian lit reference, you probably wouldn't get it unless you went through highschool in southern Ontario. Also I am kind of a loser.)
This is Ross. He is a beautiful peach veiltail and reflects blue in some parts and yellow in others. He's also got a cute little smudge of black on his mouth.
He is kind of a dork. His nickname is Peaches, which is also another Canadian lit reference and I AM SHUTTING UP NOW.
And this is Taffler. (Pardon the fingerprints on the glass.) I want to say he sort of looks like a mustard gas? And he has the neatest electric blue colour between his rays, which I love.
rahh puffy betta. Sometimes he floats around the tank puffed up just to show off.
His tank is kind of a work in progress at this point, largely because he's decided he likes flaring at the floor.
And just 'cause, an update on the OTHER new boys:
Idaho's tail has actually started growing back a bit! He's got a little baby tail. When I bought him I was convinced it wouldn't grow at all, but apparently he's going to prove me wrong.
And also Veetor, who has come out of his shell marvelously since I brought him home. Haven't seen any evidence of marbling besides what he's already got going on, but I'm curious to see what he'll look like in a month or two.