I’m getting crowded by fish!

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.

Betta fish - pearlLarry  is green and has black outlines that make all his scales look distinct.

betta fish - larry

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.

betta fish - black

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.

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17 Responses to I’m getting crowded by fish!

  1. speedyrabbit says:

    Hehehe never mind Raven,you’re still the kitty of her eye,xx Speedy

  2. I’d prefur dey jump into my food bowl, MOL! They are pretty though.

  3. Summer says:

    That is a lot of non-edible fish, I say! And trust me, if they lived here, my human would definitely have them jumping through hoops. She did it to me and Binga.

  4. William says:

    Raven, fish are very fun to look at, but really, what use is that to us? I just thank Bast that my mom is way too lazy to add fish to the mix.

  5. Brian says:

    They are sure nice looking and it is very interesting hearing all about them.

  6. Raven, around here, our hobbies are cats, CATS, and more cats! Oh, and The Hubby is a big basketball nut, but does watching TV qualify as a hobby? Hmmm… However, the fish photos are beautiful! Fish watching is a good cat hobby, right Raven?

  7. Marie Symeou says:

    We don’t understand why. You are so much better looking!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

  8. That’s nice looking, but frankly, it would be more fun if you were allowed to fish them ! Purrs

  9. Grace says:

    My only interest in fish is if it comes on a plate, nicely cooked with a lemon wedge!

  10. pilch92 says:

    They are all pretty. Sorry they are cutting into your blog time, I think they need their own blog.

  11. Annie says:

    That is so cool about the enrichment. We miss you, Raven, but these three new fish are beautiful!

    When the lady had her betta, it was at her office. It was a female named Trixie who loved to hang next to the lady through her bowl. We hope to see the bowls and tanks some time!

  12. Wow, they’re all so pretty/cool looking! (I guess the boys don’t want to be called “pretty.”) Very cool about the enrichment. We went out to eat once at this restaurant that had some fish in a big long acquarium – don’t know what kind they were, but there were these small colorful balls in the bottom of the tank, and some of them were pushing them around, but one kept filling his mouth up with as many as he could cram in, then he’d swim to another spot and spit them out. We had no idea what the heck he was doing! But it certainly seemed to keep him entertained.

  13. Deziz World says:

    Oh Raven weez sure yous always gunna be nummer one. We luvved our betta fish. Afur hims died he wuld come over to da edge of da bowl and make pawppin’ noises at us. We wuld meow back at him. Mommy sed we had little conversations wiff him. Mommy sed we can’t have anothr till she can afford to get a little aquarium fur him. Can’t wait to see you again.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

  14. Katie Isabella says:

    They are gorgeous. Mom said when she was a teen, her dad and she had a tank of tropical fish but no Betta fish They are sooooo gorgeous.

  15. McGuffy Ann says:

    I love these! The pearl ones and the black ones are my all time favourites. I miss breeding these! Excellent!!

  16. I hope you film your mom-person before you send her professional counseling *mol*

  17. Jan K says:

    You are definitely getting outnumbered, Raven! Maybe you need another cat to help you keep an eye on all of those fish? LOL
    PS…these are beauties!! We love all the different colors.

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