Acquired: Fish / pet store
Posted Jul 02, 2015
Betta fish were recommended to me by many other students when I entered college. As I couldn't have a dog in my dorm, I needed some sort of pet to be my buddy while I did homework for long hours. I knew that Bettas can live up to 3 years if cared for properly, so it was a great solution.
I purchased Sushi at a local Wal-Mart store and purchased all the suggested paraphernalia. Bettas are a unique breed that require special attention and equipment, such as an aquarium with enough space for them to navigate and move, water filter, water conditioner, spectrum lighting, a heater, and many other chemicals to keep the water at the right condition. Now, having had several other breeds of fish, I know that Bettas are exceptionally high maintenance in comparison to many other freshwater fish, but their beauty and high levels of interaction are unique to them.
In Sushi's case, she preferred dry food, which I fed her 2 or 3 times a week. As she was female, she could have had a buddy in the water with her, but if she had been male, that would not be a good idea. Males can be very aggressive. Sushi ate on a schedule, had brightly colored fins that looked healthy, and responded regularly and aggressively to things going on outside her aquarium.
In all, once all the equipment is purchased, they are easy to take care of. Sushi's water needed to be changed about once a week, I checked the filter regularly to ensure everything was working as it should. Water quality is a big deal when it comes to keeping fish healthy, so that's something to be aware of. It's not a pet you put in a bowl and then leave alone. Sushi was a wonderful pet, and did require my attention and care.
Sushi unfortunately swam into the filter at one point and died. Otherwise, I'm sure she would have continued to be a wonderful companion.