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Hello Alpha Omega here and thanks to BettaLover1313 my best friend ever told me I needed a journal since she wants updates on my baby boy Sushi. A little background before I began I have had fish on and off for the past 20 years (I am 20 years old now). So I do know about fish I have had mostly goldfish and I got my other betta Anchovie a few months or so before BettaLover1313 got her fist betta …Beta (lol love that name and he was a cute little guy.) Well I had him for about a year give or take 2 when one day I came home from work and found him flouting, I have never cried over a fish like I did that day. Now pushing on nearly 2 years I have never had another fish that stole my heart till June 11th, 2013 when my friend BettaLover1313 and I went to Pet Smart (love that place) looking for groceries and trying not to buy any betta fish (I wanted a snake but would have been killed by my mom, she would have also killed BettaLover1313 as well if I got one). Well this red, white and blue, crescent moon male, caught my eye and his energy sang to mine and now he is my baby boy. I might be “new” to the full on betta lifestyle but I do know when my fish is happy or sick so if I mention anything that sounds like I am doing something wrong please pm me instead of posting it here. I have this rule because I might describe the situation like my fish is sick but it could turn out that it was just a trick of the light that I did not notice till I examined him further or he is being him and trying to get a treat from me. So please if anyone feels like I am doing something wrong pm me and we can talk. Anyway on with my adventures with Sushi.


P.S. Any Spelling, or Grammar mistakes are completely normal please do not correct me Teachers half already tried and failed, I will do the best I can but no promises.


P.S.S. I will try to update at least once a day but I do work and have a busy life .
 

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A quick update on life with Sushi so far and learning about his unique personalty:



June, 11th – I got Sushi from Pet Smart today he is so cute active and is perfect for my energy level. After going to BettaLover1313’s house and helping her with her fish I took my guy home and got him set up. After I walked in the door my mom flipped saying that I did not need to spend money and this and that but thanks to BettaLover1313 and her generous donation of the tank, sand, and everything else that came with the tank (besides food and fish lol). Well after a threat to call BettaLover1313 to prove my story my mom yielded. As I went upstairs my boy went wild he wanted to look at everything and he thought that he could swim in air. Well I got everything ready and at this time I have no pH papers or any of the fancy water conditioning stuff all I had was left over water tablets from Anchovie (and my brothers fish George who is now a living hog of a monster goldfish) so I did the best I could and since I just fixed the our water heater myself with no help I was feeling pretty good. Well to say the least when I put Sushi in to let his water get adjusted to the tank water my special boy started to bang ageist his little cup thing and use osmosis to get into the tank. I don’t know if he was smart or sick and tired of the cup.


June, 12th - Woke up this morning and something was not right after getting Sushi into his tank and letting him explore I was planning a meal and cleaning plan in my calendar so I don’t forget any cleanings or any meals when suddenly he disappears from the tank! Now my tanks is a Half Moon tank (I know I did not relies that I was putting a half moon betta in a half moon tank lol anyway) and as of right now there is no place to hide himself but as the Gods as my witness he was missing. I bolted up from my bed when he pops up from the right side corner of the tank, came up to me and I swear gave me a mischievous happy look. ……… He now likes to scare me whenever he can. So after I fed him at 10p.m (I chose that time because I will have to work late nights sometimes and early mornings I am not awake enough to remember sue me) I laid down in bed when I noticed he kept coming to the side of the tank that was pointing to my bed and looking at me and a part of me knew that he wanted to use osmosis to come to me (saw the same look yesterday when he was in his cup trying to get into his tank) Now some people will say that fish don’t have the mental capacity to understand complex feelings like that but after seeing him today has convinced me that those people are on acid or something.


June 13th – I woke up this morning to something tapping what sounded like glass or plastic this early in the morning I can’t tell but when I look over at Sushi I see that he is going between his light/bubble air tube thing and the plastic/glass that is his tank and somehow causing the thing to bang ageist the tank. So I get up and he stops and swims to his food can that I set down next to the tank last night. Then it hit me that little turkey fish wants food and has come up with an elaborate way of telling me… I now realize that he needs to be fed three times a day instead of one like I was going with. And here people say that fish can’t eat you out of house and home!


June 14th – :shock: Woke up this morning to Sushi flared out and floating at the top I freaked out and rushed out of bed to his tank. Well when I got there and took the lid off, the idiot popped up and gave me the sign to feed him. :shock2: That rotten fish will be the death of me, but I love him. Crazy thing happened today BettaLover1313 and I were at Wal-Mart to get pH strips (and for me a couple other fish things) today around the same time lol we had that planned good! Also today is the day I leave him alone for more than an hour. In the past if I left him for longer than half an hour without telling him where I was going he would flare at me, me who got him some shells (thanks to Grandma!) and two of the queens from the Harry Potter chess set I had (only ones that he would not flare up at surprisingly). So going in for 4 + hours of work will be fun to say the least lol hopefully he will be understanding lol. Well I got home tonight and he was flared out and wanting food when I feed him enough to last to his third meal or so I thought. Well he is feed and happy now at least if I could see him he is still hiding on me and he likes when I freak out. Again some people say that fish are not smart but I think Sushi here can prove them all wrong.


And I have to get to bed Sushi is messing with his large shell his weird way of telling me to turn off the lights and go to bed Till Next time TTFN
 

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Sounds like you're having a grand ol' time with Sushi!
 

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lol I am he is a ham when he does not get his way..................Witch is most of the time lol

June 15th- woke up around 6 a.m. to go to work and Sushi was freaking out when he saw my work cloths. Can fish get separation anxiety? My guess is yes and he went nuts! Well I fed him and went to work, when I got back he would not greet me or want to play chase the bubble that we played last night. I guess he is mad at me for missing is 12 pm lunch time, all I can say is oh well I am working to pay for his food and other needs... spoild fish lol. Anyway when I fed him I noticed that his black queen (the one from the Harry Potter Chess Set) was floating at the surface of the water. My only guess is that he got so mad at me that he tipped that one over again spoiled rotten fish.
 

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Oh and I nearly forgot to explain the game chase the bubble.

Chase the Bubble is a game that I found on accident and Sushi loves to play (when he is not mad at me) What we do is, I have a chopstick (has not been used) and will catch a bubble on the tip of it and then Sushi will chase the bubble around the tank.

Also I think Sushi is loosing some of his blue color it could be the lighting but the only blue I see now is on his fins and under his ..........chin? Do fish have chins? Anyway when I clean his tank later I will investigate further.
 

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Chase the bubble sounds like a fun game between you two! :)
 

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Sushi sounds so cute.
Thank you dramaqueen and if ever I have a bad day he perks me up no matter what happens. I love him so much :-D
 

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Chase the bubble sounds like a fun game between you two! :)
lol I was trying to move a shell when we found the game lol it is the kind of stupid fun that makes all the best games fun.
 

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*sigh* Sorry I have not updated in a while *looks back at threads* more like weeks but here I am and there are changes in the AlphaOmega home for starters Sushi has a new room mate who is in quarantine for a week or so to make sure there is no illness. Two attachments are of my boys the top one that you cant see well is my new "son" and the bottom one is Sushi who is looking at his new brother. Yes my new son is a Gourami and it is bad to put a Betta with a Gourami in the same tank and I will make that decision when the week is up to see how they are doing. The Gourami was living with a betta when i bought him so that helps a lot. And the kind and very helpful shop owner gave me great advice with them to help them get along better. And they are getting along so far (since i have my new son quarantined i am giving him an hour of "cup" time so that Sushi and him will get used to each other and each day it will go up ex. day one = one hour, day two = two hours, and day three = three hours).
 

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Did you pick out a name for your new boy yet?
 

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Nope no new name yet till i see how they react to each other and if he survives the week (he keeps jumping out of his tank for no reason other than to jump)
 

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More news from the AlphaOmega household since the my new boy is jumping out of his isolation tank I decided to see how they will react to each other with out the cup or any barrier to stop them. It is a SUPERVISED coming together that I am happy to say is going very well. I have found out that Sushi is a lover not a fighter in personality as strange as it sounds. I say this because they will swim and co-exist in the three gallon tank like they have done so all of their life! The only "territory" dispute is if my new boy goes into Sushi's floating log then Sushi will go to the back of the log and flare up and then the other will get out. Since that is the ONLY problem I have to say that this is a good sign, Sushi will let him go into the pyramid and around the black and white queens I have set up in the tank. The only problem that I can see in the future is feeding I learned this the hard way when my new boy was in his cup and they were getting used to each other, the thing is if my new boy gets feed first Sushi will throw a fit, when it happend Sushi started to move the cup away from my hand and then demand at me to be fed, but if Sushi gets fed first everything is right with the world. So two fish one tank when it is feeding time will be .............. interesting to say the least.
Oh and one more thing before I try and get some more sleep before work today I have decided to name my new boy "Happy" from Sons of Anarchy because of these three quotes that I feel match what everyone says about how they will fight and this and that.
Quote 1:
Happy: (menacingly holding his hammer): "I'm waiting."

Quote 2:
Happy: He's right. It had to be Laroy. He's gotta die. Like a lot

Quote 3: (my favorite of the three)
(Bobby fires a gun to calm down the Sons and a second gang who are fighting.)
Bobby: ENOUGH! HEY! Is this they way we get the town to embrace our legitimate business?
Happy: Dude you just fired a gun.
Bobby: Will you shut up?
 

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It has been nearly three hours since I left the room to take care of a few things and I left with two fish I came back with two fish. So tonight when I have to go to work from 2p-10:30p and I will be the person who gives the insane serial killer the butcher knife and turn my back. My only concern is ....... how can you tell a male Gourami from a female?
 

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I'm glad that so far so good. Sushi probably considers the log his territory which is why he flared at Happy when he/she went in. I'm sure if you ask in one of the other forums you'd know if Happy was a male or female.
 

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Happy could not care about the log in the least as Sushi has spent the past hours making a bubble nest and Happy is helping (head in hands) why do I get a bad feeling from that oh why. And Males have more color than girls .............. I will stick with he is a he.
 

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He helped make the bubble nest? O.O That's REALLY odd. Usually that's when a betta male would get more aggressive since that's something they protect/consider territory.
 

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Happy will make bubbles near the main nest and then Sushi will take them over and place them where he wants. Again Sushi is a big softy. I will post a pic soon of it.
 

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*mind blown* Hopefully they continue to leave peacefully together, it sounds like they're off off to a good start though.
 

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lol there was ONE flair up because I accidentally destroyed a small part of the nest and instead of flaring up and me Sushi flared up at Happy who just swam there and humored him. *Sigh* I am so glad that I do not have to use my spare tank now.

Yea see that hole in the middle of the main bubble nest? Yea I accidentally did that.
 

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