Acquired: Fish / pet store
Posted Nov 10, 2013
I enjoy keeping betta fish. I had them while I was in college and going back and forth from living on campus and living at home. I have been an animal lover all of my life, and I was sad about not being able to have animals while I was living on campus. Upon recommendation from a friend I got a betta fish, and I really loved him. I was surprised at how much personality one little fish could have. Ixion was purple, blue, and red and my first betta. He lived in a gallon tank with a java fern for filtration. He liked to watch tv. He always came to the side of the tank and greeted me when I returned to my room after classes. Ixy lived for four years.
After Ixion I had Glitch and Cain. They lived in a ten gallon divided tank with live plants and a filter. Caring for betta fish is relatively easy. If you keep the tank out of direct sunlight you can clean the tank monthly.
I think the best part of owning betta fish is when they flare at you in greeting. It is adorable. Something everyone should know is that males should be kept separate or they will fight to the death. They need to be kept in tank with a lid because they will jump out of the tank.