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Swimmingly awesome

February 1, 2014

International Lisa Day celebrations are still rocking around the world.  Today I received a gift of awesome proportion, albeit in a tiny package.

Check him out:

Baby Boy Betta

Baby Boy Betta

Isn’t he cute?  He’s small and he doesn’t have his adult coloration or big fins yet.  His daddy has mustard gas coloration, and his mama is a blue.  He is striped because he’s a little freaked out, but that will go away.

But I have to tell you why he is so special.  He was bred by an incredible young woman I’ve known since she was a little girl.  She’s smart, funny, creative, and she thinks big thoughts even about little things.  She is a wild kind of beautiful, as if there is something in her that can’t quite be tamed or contained.  I like people like that.

And so leave it to a woman of that sort to decide to breed betta fish…in Alaska.  She wanted some bettas, but you can’t get them where she is.  So she had a few shipped to her, and she’s learning to breed them.

No kidding…that little guy flew on an airplane with her all the way from Alaska to Florida.  You can see why he’s a little freaked out, yes?

He will eventually be given a name.  His predecessor, Mr. Shiny Pants, has long been gone and I’m really happy to have another betta, but especially happy to have this betta.

He’s proof that a small thing can be a really big gift.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Joann permalink
    February 1, 2014 7:36 am

    You know I love my betta fish!! Pishy is still with us! It’s been a year this month. He has started getting red striations on his bottom fins and his dragon scales have gotten more prominent. He and Mochi have a special relationship! They are so fun, so intelligent. This little guy you have is gorgeous and I can’t wait to see his fully developed color!!

    • February 1, 2014 10:09 am

      He’s already more highly colored this morning. Must be adapting to his new environment. And the cat faces that show up an inch from his home to inspect him. ;)

  2. Kellie permalink
    February 1, 2014 9:45 am

    That is AWESOME, Lisa! What an incredible gift and an incredible accolade in honor of the giver. I never could keep a fish alive from Walmart to the house (which is why I don’t have fish), so I am so impressed that, other than a “little freaked out”, Baby Boy Betta looks great! Also, impressed with getting through all the flight restrictions now! Just impressed all around…

    • February 1, 2014 10:15 am

      Bettas are actually pretty simple to care for. Mr. Shiny Pants, God rest his finny soul, got picked up off the counter, the floor, fished out of the sink AND the garbage disposal and survived every adventure! If you ever want to try keeping a betta, let me know and I’ll coach you. :)

  3. February 1, 2014 6:10 pm

    What an awesome story. I used to have bettas…don’t you have to keep them separate?

    • February 1, 2014 6:30 pm

      Yes, ma’am, you do. They can live in a community tank with slow-moving, non-nipping fish, or they can live alone, but they can’t live with other bettas.

      • February 1, 2014 6:48 pm

        Thanks for the info! Can’t wait to see more pictures of your betta as he gets older.

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