Woodstock, Georgia, United States
Posted Sep 30, 2016
I had just gone through a divorce and wanted a pet, but had no job. I opted for a Beta because of the beautiful color. ( I found out that male (and female) betas come in bright blues, oranges and aquas. The name Siamese Fighting Fish is also used for the fish). I named the fish Grissom because I loved the show, "CSI". I found out Grissom liked flaked fish food better than the granular type, loved having plants to hide in, as well as castles and nooks and cranny's. I am super anal about keeping the tank clean, so once a week, I would put Grissom and some of the old water in a bowl, and proceed to sterilize his glass tank. You do have to make sure that the water you put in the tank has been treated with something to neutralize the acid, but all of the food and water treatment, as well as plants and castles are easy to find. I discovered male Beta's are as aggressive as they are beautiful and did not attempt to purchase a female Beta because I did not want to have to deal with separating the two, as well as keeping the eggs from the male. I did get a second tank with another male beta in it and if the two saw each other through the glass, they would "flare", where their fins on the side of the face open up, and they would swim up and down in their respective tanks, flaring and having a basic fish macho face-off. Beta's are lone fish, don't get one if you want more than one fish to live in the tank (the beta will snack on the other fish). They require some care, but can live in small amounts of water. Grissom developed "ick", a fish illness that is common, and passed away. The second fish, Eli, lived about 9 months and died of old age (there is no way to know how old the fish is in the store). I loved my beta's. They did have their own personalities and moods. If I get another fish, I will adopt another beta.