Twist's Aquarium Chronicles
I haven't had any fish in over ten years now and hadn't thought much about getting another tank until I happened to find a praying mantis in the house and kept it in a huge jar as a pet for a few months. After he passed away I found myself missing having a little desk buddy to keep me company while I work on art and such.
So, after considering other small creatures like rats and mice I decided I didn't have space for that, but I could fit a small fish tank on my desk. Then I just had to figure out what kind of fish would live happily in that setup. I considered small comet goldfish since I knew if I got a fish tank I'd eventually want a ten gallon again and would be able to do that within 9 months or so when our house was done being built but decided that a tank that small wouldn't be great for a goldfish as it wouldn't be able to have any friends. I considered getting a handful of male guppies instead but decided if I was going to do guppies I'd wait until I had a larger tank and get a good dozen or so of them instead. That left me with mystery snails and bettas. I loved keeping Apple snails, they were so cute and really had quite a bit of personality (which surprised me) but I went and looked at the bettas and recalled with fondness the ones I had in high school.
I had around seven of them at one time in tanks of various sizes throughout my room and remembered how each one was different in color and demeanor. That clinched the deal, now I just had to decide which one to get. I'd always loved female bettas, my favorite fish ever was Margret, a very drab red female veiltail. She was curious and gentle and I picked her because everyone said she was ugly compared to the more popular cambodians and blues. I thought she was pretty and had her for several years.
I decided this time to pick one based on color, knowing she'd be right next to my desk and I'd see her all the time. I was seconds away from picking a gorgeous opal white female who was quite small and seemed a little shy but healthy when I saw a dark flash in the very back. Curious, I picked up one of the females from the very rear and this deep, black looking fish flared up and darted around her cup, showing off a bright blue iridescence. I commented to my friend about how feisty she was and he agreed. I set her down but almost immediately picked her back up and went and got different colored gravel to offset her color before bringing her home.
I named her Seraphina after a glass dragon in a game I play with my friends and she's remained feisty and bombastic, swimming all around her tank and inspecting every corner. I'm now just obsessed with fish as I was in high school and already considering getting a male. And I know when I have enough space in the new house I'll be setting up a breeding tank to try my hand at it. I have a few months to figure out what I'll do with the fry and how I'll perform culling and learn as much as I can about breeding and rearing. And, of course, to learn how to pick good looking fish.
I've already decided that I want to breed Halfmoons but I haven't decided on color, so what I'll likely do is start on just breeding for conformation while I'm learning since breeding can be difficult and my first few spawnings will probably not have high survival rates.
Seraphina - female halfmoon