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Well, I guess it's about time to take another shot at journal-making. I made one before, but I never really got past the first post (I'm so terrible at keeping journals/diaries/etc. anyway). Here's hoping I'm actually able to keep it up this time.

I suppose I'll start with a brief history on how I began fishkeeping and my past fish.

I desperately wanted a pet, but it seemed like it wasn't going to happen. I was, and still am, insanely busy all the time; and being alone all day long isn't a great environment for a cat or a dog. I mean, what can you do?

You can get a fish, apparently, and that's what I did. Not without intense research first, of course, as is typical of my getting a new anything. I researched every spare minute I got for about a week, and learned what I figured was everything I needed to know about betta fish. (I had chosen bettas because a friend of mine had recently gotten a very pretty one.)

I sent my mom out whilst I was in class with a shopping list for Petsmart. I got a 5.5 gallon tank kit, a heater, a test kit, gravel, a cave, and a pink plastic tree. After running the tank for a whopping two days to "cycle it," we showed up once again at Petsmart and I picked up my fish...a little turquoise VT which I fondly named Poseidon.

I made my fair share of mistakes with little Poseidon, that was for sure. The heater I had bought was not adjustable, and the water temperature fluctuated considerably, from 76 degrees to 86 degrees. The plastic tree shredded his fins to pieces. But I think the little guy knew was trying, at least.

Unfortunately, poor Poseidon came down with a serious bacterial infection which I just wasn't prepared for. I overdosed Epsom salt, fearing it was dropsy, and I now wonder if that didn't speed up his death. I was devastated. I hadn't realized just how attached you can become to something so small and scaly.

Desperate to fill the empty space on my desk which the tank had left, I quickly purchased a new fish. Poor little guy. We never named him, because he never ate. We just called him "Chicken," because he never came out of his cave. The poor little guy was sick from the start, I think, and he died only a week after Poseidon.

Enter: GABRIEL.

We had extra time on our hands, so we stopped by a little pet store which rarely had many bettas. To our amazement, we saw a brand new shipment of white elephant ears! Of course I couldn't resist. There were two I debated between, but I finally decided on Gabriel. He was swimming around in his cup like he was headed for the ocean! He seemed so interested in me...he'd press his little nose against the plastic to get a better look. His personality won me over.

And that was the beginning of the long and beautiful friendship the two of us now share...Gabey and I. There are all sorts of interesting stories I can tell between then and now, but I'll save that for a different post. Here's a picture of Gabey in his cup, to finish off:
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*squeals of delight*

How great you found Gabey locally, wow, I figured he must have been an Aquabid guy.

So sorry about Poisedon and Chicken! They were lovely too. :( Sweet little guys.

Looking forward to reading more.
 
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Happy Halloween from my little Gabey-baby! Unfortunately I can't actually put my fish in a costume (oh, I wish though!) so this is the best I've got. He's a fancy little muffin...
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I was feeling a little bit sick to my stomach this afternoon (likely the result of a delicious but overly sweet drink which I had too much of). It happened rather suddenly, whilst I was sorting socks in my room, and so naturally I lay down on the floor where I was and waited for the nausea to pass.

As I was lying there, I happened to glance over at Gabriel's tank. The little dude was over in the corner closest to me, sitting atop his cave and looking down at me as if to say, "Are you okay down there?" He wasn't swimming, just fluttering his pecs a bit and staring at me sympathetically with those adorable puppy dog eyes.

Someday, that fish WILL kill me with his cuteness. Death by ADORABLE BETTA.

I think I'll post some pictures of a photo shoot I did a while back, but I'll have to do them in separate posts as apparently I can't put more than one picture in a reply.
 

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I am loving his rainbow fins. :)

Hope your tummy is feeling better now!

I usually delete pictures like that, but in his case they still work. I love his little "o" mouth. "Fishy Kisses" is the perfect name for this journal.
 

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I'm glad you found such a good friend and Gabriel. Very cute costume ;-).
 
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Water change today for Gabe! I'm leaving tomorrow for a week (haven't told him yet...hope he isn't too mad) so I had to do a change. My aunt is going to feed him, and I may have told her that they could die if she overfeeds. Hee hee. She's desperate not to kill them when we're gone so I figured that would do the trick.

Gabe got very suspicious when his water level started slowly sinking. He sat in the back corner and gave me the stinkeye until it got filled back up again. :p

And, finally, in honour of Novembers and Mondays and dumping-all-my-Gabe-pics-on-this-thread, I present to you Gabriel Getting Mad At His Reflection:
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I told Gabriel last night that I was leaving. Before I told him, he had been fluttering happily and doing the fluffy-caudal-food-wiggle, but as soon as I said I was going for a week he stopped swimming and just stared at me pathetically. I gave him a couple of sympathy pellets and he seemed a bit more cheerful after that.

This morning he was being rather melancholy, probably over my leaving. He's quite fond of my company, really, although he doesn't like to admit it. As weird as it is to say this, it's difficult to leave my little fishy baby behind. Oh well; I'm making my aunt send pictures of him every day when she goes to feed him. If they're any good, I'll post them here.

Until then...please enjoy my older Gabe pics. I think I'll do a before-and-after of his pectorals today.
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Awaiting today's Gabe pictures...my aunt STILL has not texted me back. :/ Since I obviously don't have any recent Gabriel stories I'll tell you about a past incident.

We had been attempting to get a flare out of him, but it was no easy task. Gabriel is quite mild-mannered and even now flares very rarely, but at the time that this story happened he hadn't flared for us at all. We had tried mirrors already...and had failed. He just surveyed his reflection as calmly and coolly as if it were another plant, perhaps with a bit more curiosity.

In a last-ditch effort, I googled a video of a female betta and held it up to the side of the tank. Gabriel did not flare; but he was enthralled with the girl. He watched the entire video attentively (then promptly swam away afterwards). But the funniest thing was, in the morning we discovered that he had built a bubblenest overnight to "impress" his female friend! It was one of only two bubblenests he's ever made.

And, to stay with the theme of today's anecdote, I present to you a picture of Gabey-boy flaring that I posted on a different thread ("He Got Me" - http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=616306&goto=newpost).

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We have Gabe pictures!!!!!!! My aunt was worried because he was "hiding" in his plants near the thermometer (his favourite spot). She's a bit paranoid I think (mostly my fault, for telling her all the things that can kill fish). But he ate, and he looks great in the pictures. Speaking of pictures.......

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