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Next time I’m at the speciality fish store I’ll look at frozen.
Ari is still holding on. Shes returned with the darker in color with no more stripes. I want to say thats a good sign but seeing as she hasnt eaten and just been floating/lying on her side, I’m not sure. I’m not giving up though.

Howie is good. Though a bit dumb, it stressing me out feeding him now as I’m always worried he doesnt eat enough of his food bc he cant see/find it, but he eats his flakes eventually haha!


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Ari unfortunately has died, thank you to everyone and their suggestions though-I wish she could have pulled through but I am glad she is no longer suffering.
 

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I don't have a betta *currently* but I thought I'd share some positive news nonetheless. I am very fortunate that Howard (the guppie) has been doing great, super active, regaining colours, eating well (bought him some tropical fish flakes finally) and when I placed the most recent bunch of hornwort (my old hornwort fell apart/melted the moment I put it into the same bowl as the amazon sword (I read somewhere that amazon swords can be aggressive plants, emitting some kind of toxin that in a small 2.5 gal for ex. could prevent the growth of other species of plants)) I found two pond/bladder? snails in the bowl! They are about a 1-2 CM's long, so pretty small, but I am wondering if they will grow? They move fast too-I come into my room and find them on a plant leaf, and then come out of my closet and can't see them-so much for the myth that snails move slow! They know how to hustle it turns out. I assume they eat the leftover fish flakes?

I will be setting up a freshwater betta tank in the fall-I realized that as a student, I will certainly always need some company at my desk. Being out of school and working 9-5 has made it difficult to enjoy Howard as much as I would want to. I'm worried he may find it difficult to acclimate when placed in a community tank after being alone so long. Howard has also made me realize some of the fine tuned differences between guppies and bettas (my only previous experience in fish being bettas)-they are very different in temperament and attitude, with guppies I feel, more difficult to read. But Howard can follow my finger. No flies on him.
Also-reading back through this short journal of sadness over Ari's health problems and eventual decline, l thought I would share some good news. I just found out I won an award at my university for my paper on fish, which was pretty cool, even more so I get a nice monetary prize which I'm planning on putting towards a brand new freshwater set up once I settle into the UK, and hopefully give a good home to fish in need...I really appreciate all the help and positively this community has given though.
 

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Hi I don't have time to read all this right now but I will. What a GREAT topic!

I've really wanted to start a blog about the same thing LoL. I named it The Unbearable Lightness of Betta.

There are quotes from the book that would work really well....go on existential riffs alla Tom Robbins. My fishy Maki has become quite the philosopher.... pondering the meaning of love, life and other fishy stuff.. That is when he's not being dopey which is most of the time 😂

Your fish names made me go LoL tho I'm sorry you lost some. 😕

I'll catch up with this thread by the weekend 🙂
 

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I appreciate your comments, and look forward to that discussion!

Howard is still doing well-had an explosion of pond/bladder snails this week (Promethusus and Tiny have been busy breeding i suppose, or self-breeding? I can't remember if pond snails could self-breed). Went to the Big Al's near me today and got a little bunch plant on clearance, can't have too many plants right? Looked at the Bettas as always, they all looked pretty raggedy and in fact, one had been lying dead for so long it was covered in like a white cloud, absolutely disgusting. When I told the store clerk she just shrugged and took him away-there were also other types of dead fish in the various tanks...don't think I will be going back to that Big Al's anytime soon.

Now thinking about getting an axolotl when I move to Europe, but regardless I will have a Betta always-in my head I'm planning the tank. I'm thinking low-tech, minimalist set up at first, then up the ante for the axolotl tank. Difficult to find much about them...also Betta are just so interactive...while axolotl's seem, well, not as much. Also made some long term goals for this hobby-I'll stick to freshwater for awhile, I love the greenery of freshwater plants ect. but eventually I would like to own an octopus. I will still always have a Betta though. Can't wait until I get my new one!
 
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