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06-11-2019 04:32 AM
Old Dog 59 Welcome to the forum. I have been keeping betta for over 30 years now along with many other fish. My tanks have ranged from 2.5 gal. to 150 gal.. My betta tanks are all 5.5 heavily planted tanks. At present I have two male betta. Gunny (a gunmetal gray Elephant Ear.) and Little Bee ( a bumble bee mustard gas). I just lost Ben (a Petco Black Orchard.) While Moving. One of the people who helped with the move poisoned him by dumping rum into his bowl.

Anyway. In all the years I have kept betta I have noticed each one has their own personality. They all liked the company of humans and would interact in many different ways. Gunny (who is now 4 years old) likes to hide in his plants and pretend to attack as he darts out to the front of his tank to say hello. He loves to play with the cup I use to change his water and will swim in and out of it while I fill it. (I keep telling him one of these days he's going to end up in the bucket.) He has a ping pong ball I float in the tank and he pushes that around for hours in play. I had some shrimp in his tank a few months back but he decided they were a snack.

Little bee was purchased about a week ago. He is starting to settle into his 5.5 gal. tank very nicely. He loves the plants and patrols his tank with great gusto. He loves to watch and be watched. When ever some one walks by the tank and stops to say hello he swims over and flairs for me and swims back and forth into his plants as if to say Thank you for this great new home. He loves being talked to. He seems to be interested in us humans as we go about our daily lives. As soon as we get all the things from the move in place I'll have more time to sit and interact with him and Gunny more.

I'm also waiting on another boy, who was born in the past month or so in California Under the very watchful eye of Ma Betta ( one of the forums members and breeders) She bread two beautiful Mustard, gas and the fry are getting very big. So it wont be to long until one of my empty tanks will house a very special new member to our household.
06-10-2019 11:31 PM
Tree Welcome to the fish club! you can never have just one. ;)

When I was new to fish keeping I used to keep Bettas in a 1 gallon tank. Now, I can't have them in less than 5 gallons now only because of the maintenance that requires to keep the fish happy and healthy. My hobby started out as 1 betta and then grew to 2 then 3 then 5 then 8 and then back too 2 bettas again. For some reason I can never keep a betta alive for long even in the right conditions. I had two males that lived to be 3 years of age and then dropsy got a hold on them. =( then most of my fish developed tumors or bloat. I ended up leaving the betta hobby and moving up to brackish tanks and puffers and panda loaches. what a change! as for stories, it would take way too long on each betta I have had. and I have had over 15 of them. (not all together)
06-10-2019 10:32 PM
Glad I found this site!

Hello! I came across this site and realized it was exactly what I have been looking for the past few months...

I am currently an university student, and while I have had fish and bettas, on and off throughout my childhood, it wasn't until last September when I got my first betta on my own, and shortly following him, I got three more, Rousseau, Nietzsche, John, and Karl Marx respectively. Unfortunately, Rousseau and Karl Marx did not handle the move back home very well, and both died within a month of being really upset me more than I expected, when they died. Of course my friends and family made fun of me for this, and are not very supportive of my newfound interest. Nietzsche and John are doing very well, mostly with my mom's dutiful overfeeding-they have grown quite large.

I'm not going to lie, my original interest in getting a betta was more decorative than anything...after which I became acquainted with Rousseau (he was quite the mama's boy) I began writing some philosophy on him and my interest only spiked from there...this summer I'm working on a project inspired from my original essay on fish, mainly focusing on the under-examined inner, subjective lives of these creatures, and our subsequent treatment of them. If anyone has any anecdotes, opinions, or stories that could relate to this topic, please let me know!

Currently, I have a baby female veil tail I purchased a few weeks ago named Aristophanes, she's doing well, but still very small. I keep her in a small glass box, 75degrees F, with a bamboo and an amazon sword. I want to eventually move her to a bigger 10-20 gal I was given, but my parents are quite against mom keeps her own betta in less than a litre of water, and he is by far the largest betta I have ever seen (topping at least 5 inches), despite my protests against this.

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