Fish Journal: Red Betta guilt party.

/Fish Journal: Red Betta guilt party.

Red Betta is currently guilting me for moving her into the quarantine tank. She’s gone from such a vibrant, flaring colour that I thought she might’ve been male (q.v. previous post) to a dull, clamped, stress-striped brown. But I guess being moved from a ten-gallon overgrown with Java ferns into a little two-gallon with only a few hastily made moss balls will do that.

I keep trying to tell her it’s only temporary, only until I get the new tank bought and scaped and planted. Except, a) fish don’t speak English, so I’m not sure she understands, and b) it does kind of occur to me setting up the big tank is going to take, potentially, months, particularly if I dry start it like I want to.

“There are plenty of betta out there in worse conditions,” I tell her, mostly to try and talk myself out of rushing out to buy a new new tank. (One of those little Fluvals would just fit so nicely on my desk, and I’m sure I can sneak some Aqua Soil out of the big tank pile…)

Red Betta just stares at me, sadly dreaming of darting bright and powerful between the ferns.

2016-04-01T09:23:14+00:001st April, 2016|Tags: fish diary|
3 ♥  beka-tiddalik  yellingintothevoid  littlelostsock


  1. littlelostsock 31st March, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Keep your chin up, Red Betta!

    • Alis 1st April, 2016 at 6:43 pm

      I’m pleased to report she’s doing a bit better (a-har) today.

      Still not her old self, but she not spending the whole time sulking under the filter either, so that’s something.

  2. beka-tiddalik 24th April, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    your fish diary is fascinating. I have no idea how I even tripped over your blog. I don’t even have a fish unless you count the tuna in the pantry. But I just spent my morning reading your blog because it’s colourful and interesting and now I’m cheering on the little red betta what the.

    • Alis 24th April, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      Hah, thank you!

      I’m pleased to report Hyleth, ne Red Betta, is currently still chilling out in the QT tank. He’s getting a bit bored and I need to get him into a new tank ASAP (I’m thinking an AquaNano 30), but he’s going to have to hold out until my credit card recovers from the shock of setting up the big tank, ugh.

      Hyleth’s “sister” (also a male plakat), Six, is currently having fun flaring at Nails, the crowntail, in the 10g. Nails is in the breeder net; not an ideal arrangement, but he’ll be going into the big tank when it’s set up.

      The big tank is currently in terrarium mode, ready for a dry start on the MC, DHG, and weeping moss that, hopefully, should be arriving next week.

      Now I just have to decide what I’m going to fill the rest in with. It’s probably a safe bet that swords, crypts, and ferns will feature heavily.

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