So while we were away in Hong Kong, my betta may have gotten a bit too much love from the fish-sitter. By which I mean they gorged on fish food and got bloat and… well. Y’know.

I’ve been on the look out for a female/plakat for a while, for the Big Tank after the previous occupant finally passed away from old age. The fish shops here don’t stock them very often, so I was extremely excited to see not one but two (!) beautiful koi nemos when I went in on the weekend to buy Anubias. They were sold as a breeding pair, though I would put money on them being brother and sister1 and they went into different tanks; the boy into the Medium Tank, the girl into the Big Tank. That just leaves Small Tank unoccupied,2 which has the weakest filter of the three tanks, so I’ll probably keep an eye out for another delta or halfmoon.

On the other hand, I didn’t get any Anubias. I think this is like the first time I’ve ever seen the aquarium store without loose Anubias. But they’ve also apparently changed hands for, literally, the first time in my lifetime and the store is… very different. Mostly empty, but I hope that just means they’re in the process of re-stocking/renovating the layout rather than a sign of trouble…

  1. There is a huge in-breeding problem in the fancy type betta lines. []
  2. R.I.P. beautiful mustard gas delta-tail. You survived a night on the carpet after you jumped, but not being enthusiastically over-fed for a week… []