Betta, Cats, and other Plants: A Journal
I hope it's okay to include my other pets in a journal here, it just seemed wrong to go on and on about just one pet and leave the others out (plants count as pets too!)
I figured I'd do a better intro and go into some detail here about the fam rather than on my introductory post that I just kinda churned out when I joined earlier today. My husband and I have been married for 5.5 years now I've been keeping betta for the past 5-7 years or so, but I took a break the last couple due to stressful living situations and having to move frequently. In the past I owned 5 NPTs each housing it's own betta, the largest being a 10 gal for a very spoiled fish.
First up is Neo, short for Neocount of Marentha, the betta of the house and star of the show here. He's named after one of the main characters in C.S. Friedman's Coldfire Trilogy (I love reading so new suggestions are always welcome).
Neo is a dragonscale HMPK and yes, he actually does have a true halfmoon flare. As he is a dragonscale he's subject to the diamond eye effect which has inhibited his vision somewhat, his eyes are not completely covered (yet) and I hope never fully will be, so he can still see and find his food. He's also a weird combination of an absolute chicken and a fearless fighter. When something approaches his tank (a hand... a cat's paw...) he INSTANTLY swims away like a little coward, but give him a second and he's right back up to the object to investigate. I think he likes to mess with the cats that way, they enjoy watching him and on occasion will paw at the tank which makes him flee, then he's right back at the cat(s) staring at them and wiggling, daring them to do it again.
He lives in a 5 gallon filtered, planted, and heated tank we have named The Forest which is planted with an assortment of plants, so far we have: Anachris, Villaseria Spiralis, Anubia Nana Compacta, Temple Compacta, Bronze Wendtii, and a Java Fern the substrate is Seachem Flourite. I do plan on adding some moss, hopefully a mat, to the rock in the center of the tank as well as a Marimo ball in the future. Future plans for this tank also include adding inverts, dwarf shrimp for sure, possibly a Brazos dwarf crayfish or a "large" snail of some sort, most likely a nerite or mystery.
The tank is about 1 more week away from being fully cycled and I can't wait to add inverts as I have always enjoyed watching the antics of my snails and shrimps in the past.
Rajah is our first cat, he was feral when we got him, rescued from the kill list of a shelter at 5 months old, we believe he's a bengal mix as he has some rosette markings and orange iridescent coloration to his fur. He's an absolute snugglebutt when he wants to be, can be a complete jerk sometimes and is EXTREMELY intelligent, athletic and active.
Khan, short for Sherekhan, is a completely domesticated little dude who is slightly stunted as he was the runt of his litter, he thinks he's a dog and will do anything for treats and belly rubs. We like to refer to him as "the kitten" because he has retained his kitten fluff and is not too smart.
Okay, yeah, I'm weird, I consider my plants as pets and part of my family too. I absolutely love plants and nature and growing things so idc anymore what people think.
I have two phalanopsis orchids, both are of purple coloration the older one (larger and in the purple pot) has blossomed 3 times for me in the past year with the most recent bloom producing 10 flowers, it then proceeded to drop all 10 JUST to add another 3... it's a weird plant...
The second orchid in the blue pot produces very small flowers, about 1/3 the size of the larger one and they are a deep purple, it's in the growing stage of its cycle right now and has no flowers but is producing a brand new baby leaf.
Also in the plant family is a teeny tiny pot of teeny tiny cacti seedlings, I have no idea what kind of cacti they are yet, but they started sprouting in late February of this year and have been growing EXTREMELY slowly (as expected) for the past 6 months. I can't wait until they're old enough to repot... but it'll be a while...
Last is my blooming pink angel fittonia, I read somewhere online when I first got it that it was next to impossible to get them to bloom under indoor conditions. I'm not sure how I accomplished it, but it's been in bloom for the past month! Also, the dang thing has tripled in size and will certainly need a new pot by spring but I'm so in love with it's current pot (it looks like a little drawer) that I just can't bring myself to change it out yet.
And there you have it, a detailed intro to my family ^^ I promise most of this journal will in fact, be about Neo, but I'm probably going to be referring to everyone else at one point or another so I figured providing a point of reference and background would be a good thing.
The Forest (Neo's tank)
Khan (apologies for poor photo quality)
Last edited by Shifa; 11-15-2018 at 09:41 PM.