After finals are over and done with I want to get back to posting articles and such. One of those is a sort of dragonscale appreciation post. Soooooooo if you guys want to share your photos of dragonscale bettas that would be swell :)
So I want to be able to fly out to MD over the summer to see my best friend and his family for a couple weeks but I have no job, working on applying for some, but I am wanting to open commissions to help pay for my plane ticket! Last year it cost me about $300 for the ticket so…
The vase to the right is my betta “tank” from about 10 years ago. The one to the right is my betta tank now.
I was cleaning out a cuboard and found the vase that once housed my betta years and years ago. My first one I brought for myself with money I’d got for my birthday, I think I was about 10 or 11. I brought a 2.5-5gallon tank (it was long ago I don’t remember exact size) and I had him in there with some pebbles and a fake plant. I remember he didn’t move much so mum got him a “friend” (a goldfish) which he then attacked. The betta got moved over into a spare vase and I had the betta in that little thing for about 3 months before it died when I went on camp. I think I did the best I could considering I was 11 and didn’t have the access to information like I do now (this was 10 years ago), he wasn’t heated or filtered but I did completely change his water once a week and fed him bloodworms. The second one my dad brought me after my goldfish inevitably dies and I had him for about a month before summer hit and mum went crazy with the fly spray in the same room his bowl was in.
Three months isn’t a long life. They spent their lives cramped and crushed, and since keeping a betta in a lit, filtered and heated 5 gallon I can appreciate how badly I treated them as a kid. They only lasted as long as they did because mum thankfully didn’t know the “they like dirty water” myth.
My new betta, dragon, is doing heaps better. He swims about, flares at his reflection and tries to make bubble nests (my old ones were so bad off they didn’t even do that).
Which is why people need to be educated about fish, I suppose. Every animal has a million myths surrounding it and we all need to do lots of research before getting even the “easiest” of animals