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Your bettas are all very beautiful.
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Wow! I just read your whole journal and enjoyed it immensely! We are definitely kindred spirits. I laughed at you stealthily sneaking home bettas (I can relate), cried at the story of Nathan (that is my son's name) and giggled at the picture of you at the beach with your betta book. Endless oooo's and aaaaaah's at the betta pics! Congrats on 29 years! Blizzard is lovely. I am so glad he finally got a home. I am literally amazed at how long some BEAUTIFUL fish stay in the store. I love that so many of yours get Biblical names. Most of my animals get Hebrew names...I love that language...I like to look up words in Strong's concordance and a lot of times I am like "that would be a cool name!"
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Wow! I just read your whole journal and enjoyed it immensely! We are definitely kindred spirits. I laughed at you stealthily sneaking home bettas (I can relate), cried at the story of Nathan (that is my son's name) and giggled at the picture of you at the beach with your betta book. Endless oooo's and aaaaaah's at the betta pics! Congrats on 29 years! Blizzard is lovely. I am so glad he finally got a home. I am literally amazed at how long some BEAUTIFUL fish stay in the store. I love that so many of yours get Biblical names. Most of my animals get Hebrew names...I love that language...I like to look up words in Strong's concordance and a lot of times I am like "that would be a cool name!"
Thank you so much! You made my day. Glad you have enjoyed journal. Lots more to come. I loved the fact we have many connections :) Oh and love idea of looking in my Strong concordance for name ideas. It is always fun to look for names that have special meanings.

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Coffee with friends

Nothing beats a day off and coffee with friends! Two of my planted tanks in the background with Chance and Goliath. They are trying to patiently wait for their brine shrimp to defrost. That is one of their favorite treats I feed once a week along with a liquid vitamin called Boost. It is something I found at a aquarium store here in town. It is an omega 3 vitamin and has garlic in it as well if you need an appetite enhancer (which mine don't need PIGS!!). I bought it awhile back when working with a difficult rescue. It has been very effective and a good way to add a little extra nutrients for them so I have continued to use it.
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Bryant

If you live here in the US especially the South you might be clued into the fact I love Alabama football by the names of a couple of my fish. Pretty funny living in TN. My Dad was born in Birmingham. I would spend a week every summer with my Memaw down there when I was a child. Still those are some of best childhood memories. My Granddad drove this big work van. He worked on air conditioners. I sometimes got to take a ride in the work van and boy did I think that was cool. So funny now to think about. My Memaw was so sweet but boy did she have rules. You always know that first thing you make your bed and dont ever not drink the extra milk on your cereal. Lol my cousin was always in trouble. I remember she kept a fly swatter on top of the refrigerator to "remind" him of good behavior haha. My grandparents would dance to Nat King Cole and always have you in stitches laughing. If they were still living they would have been 100 this past week. Another thing we always enjoyed together was cheering on the Crimson Tide.

Remember that anniversary night and a mention of a beautiful delta tail I saw. Well I couldn't get him off my mind. I had taken a picture of him that night and kept looking at it. His body almost looked grizzled to me but I dont think he meets the standards for that. His fins were striking with crimson red. I went back the next day and brought him home. The speckled body reminded me of the Alabama pattern and of course had univ colors. Bryant was perfect name after my fave coach Paul Bear Bryant. Bryant's picture won 3rd in the photo contest one month. My bronze medal fish as I call him. He now lives happily in his 5.5 planted with a nerite zebra snail.
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Millie Grace

Well the poor old Honda is starting to get some miles on it now with frequent trips across town to check out latest fish shipment and always to be on the look out for a special fish in need or one that I think might be passed up due to a fin issue. That particular day I was making my rounds. Isaac had done so well as a Petco baby I was starting to miss that baby stage again. The cute little faces you see with curiousity as they zip through the tank exploring. I ran across another pretty little baby fish that was a beautiful turqoise blue. Marked "boy" so I thought ok great no more suprises with girls. You would think by now I would be clued into looking for ovaries but still hard to see on dark fish. I decided to name him Miles. My grandson was big on Miles from Tomorrowland a new Disney show at the time. Not to mention I had put in many "miles" on fish expeditions. Miles was special in that he had a fin deformity on his caudal. I wasn't sure at first if it was a bite but it has turned out to be a deformity. Guess what else he turned out to be...A GIRL! As maturity hit that wonderful ovaposter became oh so more prominet and the fins remainded small. So Miles was renamed Millie. We have a precious little girl in our program at school with that name and always have thought it was so cute. So Millie Grace it is! It means gentle strength. Another fun fact: she was my 10th fish. The dime was a great reminder of that and to show how little she was.
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Can't wait to start on my story of Chance! Many of you may have followed him on Emergency section thread Walmart Return Very Sick. I have also posted some new pictures on Picture thread I called Greatest Chance. (page 4 on picture section if you need a preview) He is most near and dear to me as we have walked through sleepless nights and stood on pins and needles to see if he would even survive. Not only has he survived....he has thrived! He is my poster child for rescues. I am in the process of creating a facebook page for my rescue fish that are available for adoption. I plan to name it 2nd Chances Betta Rescue in his honor. He, however, will be pampered and loved much for hopefully a very long life. I guess you can see he is my favorite fish. So I am going to leave you hanging for the moment as I need to go do some much needed housework. Stay tune: Chance's story to come later today!!

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Bryant is gorgeous! Is that cabomba in his tank? If it is, I have recently been growing that and love it. So soft! And it can float (I was looking for something float-y).

Sooooo... I can't help but ask (!) but do you buy new tanks as you buy fish, or do you already have spares waiting? I am loving the look of Bryant's tank. I am wanting to do something similar with a 5 gallon. Is it capped with sand? What all is going on in there? Hehe.

And I totally appreciated the betta coffee mug. Yep. I need a betta mug. I have chai tea or Earl Grey with my bettas in the mornings.
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Oh I love Earl Grey tea too! Funny I almost named Sterling that. Sound like a grumpy old fish name haha. As for tanks it depends. Bryant's tank was one from my dad. It had to be cleaned and new filter but had the hood. I did upgrade light to a compact fluorescent. I have found tanks at thrift stores and buy new as well. I got Goliath 10 gallon on the dollar per gallon sale. Have a number of 1.5 gallon too. Funny now have a friend that brings me tanks when finds them. Of course that is dangerous having empty sitting around! !! ;) Have recently plunged into NPT. Bryant was second one so did better with him. I used organic potting soil with play sand topper. Mainly it was what had on hand and free! Cabomba is a favorite and one I generally dont kill lol. The left dide has a red or purple version. Green on right. Light green probably favorite because looks like little pine trees. The other is darker green but gives a sliggt purple hue on top plants. There is also some small anarchias and rotala in tosshere. I have tried a different type of moss and anubias. They have done ok.

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