Acquired: Fish / pet store
Denver, Colorado, United States
Posted Sep 04, 2016
We found Sebastian at the pet store. He was crammed into a tiny plastic cup, resting on a shelf surrounded by other Betta fish floating in their own little plastic cups. He was diluted gray in color with a hint of muted blue underneath, and his fins appeared to have been chewed by a school of rabid minnows. Even the small amount of water he resided in was murky and appeared inhospitable. He was a mess, and he needed us.
Knowing Bettas are not sociable creatures, we resolved to purchase a tank and let him live out the rest of his life in more comfortable surroundings, without the stress of living with other fish. We could not give him his natural habitat, but we could at least move him out of that too-small cup.
We bought gravel to line the tank, several plants to provide hiding spots and added a large conch shell for atmosphere. Then we bought proper food and a filter to ensure that our new little friend was cozy in his new home.
Over time, Sebastian’s fins grew back, revealing a beautiful display of indigo and scarlet. That pathetic gray fish from the tiny plastic cup had really blossomed! Sebastian seemed content in his tank, often appearing to inspect us from his side of the glass.
We certainly did not connect with our Betta fish as well as we connected with the fur-bearing animals we had in our lives, but Sebastian was still special to us. About three years later, we awoke one morning to find him belly up in his tank. We buried him and never bought another fish again.