I thought this blog was supposed to be about me, but I’m starting to wonder when I’ll get top billing again. As you saw in my last two posts, we added three betta fish to the family: Red, Blue, and Violet (who is healthy now). And now I have three more!
The additional fish came about because Dad, who’s a fish guy, wanted to upgrade the fish tanks. Mom sighed and said “ok”. Telling Dad to not upgrade a tank is like telling mom I have too many perches. But she didn’t want to store the original tanks, so she suggested we keep both sets of tanks running and just get more fish!
Pearl is pearlescent with a hint of apricot color.
Larry is green and has black outlines that make all his scales look distinct.
And then there’s Black. He’s a “veil tail” betta with lacy fins. Mom says it’s hard taking good photos of black cats, but taking good photos of black fish is almost impossible.
Can you believe mom is reading about how to enrich their lives? Many people think bettas just need a bowl of water, but Mom says bettas are intelligent and can get bored. So each fish gets several plants and a piece of wood or rock to investigate. Mom read that some fish will roll a marble around the bottom of their tank, will play with a floating ping pong ball, and some can be trained to swim through hoops. Most will eat from your fingers, but that’s easy to “train” because they’re little pigs. If you put interesting things outside their tank, they’ll get excited and swim around investigating it.
I hope you’ve enjoyed our diversion into the underwater world of fish. Mom & Dad said these 6 fish are the limit because 6 tanks (plus a salt water coral & fish tank) is a lot to take care of. Besides, there’s no room for more tanks. I’m having to share my kitchen counter with three fish, and I can’t even eat them.
p.s. If mom starts trying to train fish to jump through hoops, I’m sending her for professional counseling.