I’ve had a lot going on in the past week, so I haven’t had much time to post anything new. I’ve been compiling this post for 4 days because I’ve had a lot of other things I’ve needed to tend to. I wanted to do a post (and it’s a HUGE one with lots of pictures and videos) to share these little ladies. They all arrived on July 1st (except Violet), so they’ve been here a week and a half now. I am so in love with them! I know, it’s just a fish to most, but female bettas have the most adorable personalities, and all of them are so gorgeous!
Let me introduce you.
This is Violet, a female crowntail betta. I got her at PetCo back on February 6th of this year, so she’s been around for 5 months now. She has done quite the transformation since I got her. She looks nothing like what she did when I purchased her February 6th (picture below in Violet’s gallery). She also looks huge compared to the other four.
This is Sunkist, a female halfmoon betta. It looks like she has a tiny bit of purple or black marbling on her sides. Hopefully she doesn’t change color too much since I picked Sunkist because she’s orange. I know, so original, right?
This is Sydney, a female halfmoon plakat betta. It’s hard to photograph Sydney when she’s not in just the right spot (for lighting purposes) because her body is so dark.
This is Kinsey, a female halfmoon plakat betta. I named her after the female character in Sue Grafton‘s alphabet series with Kinsey Millhone as a private investigator. I’ve read all of the books in this series, and I’m a huge fan! I wanted to name Violet after the character, but Violet was too fitting of a name for her. I think Kinsey fits this little girl perfectly. She’s also an elephant ear betta because of her pectoral fins, and she’s a salamander betta because she’s got 3 different colors, including the white trimming on her fins, which also makes her a butterfly betta. I know, it’s confusing! I think elephant ear bettas are just adorable! Kinsey loves having her picture taken!
The last girl is Willow, a female halfmoon plakat betta. She is also an elephant ear and butterfly betta. I had to think on her name for a few days, so she was the only one without a name the first day. I think Willow is very fitting for her. She’s the smallest of the 5, and she’s the shiest. She tends to hid a lot, but I’ve seen her flare at the others a few times and stand up for herself. She can be bold when she wants to. I haven’t really seen the others pick on her, so I’m not sure why she’s so shy. In the past day or two, she seems to be a lot more active in the tank. I see her swimming around a lot more, so maybe it was just stress from a new place. She looks nothing like what I thought she would (in pictures the seller had posted), so he refunded my money for her. It also looks like she’s got an issue with her left eye. I can’t tell if she even has an eye. With her hiding and being such a dark color in the head right now, it’s hard for me to get a picture in which I can tell. It also looks like she’s going to change colors on her head, so I’m curious to see what type of transformation she makes over the next month.
And here are the 3 cory catfish I have in the sorority tank. Oscar (the biggest, which is more than likely a female, so I need to changer her name) and Julian are Julii cory catfish. Ace (on the left) is the pepper cory.
And here are a few more random pictures with various girls from the sorority.
When the 4 new girls were acclimatizing to the new tank, Sydney and Violet acted like they wanted to start a war. I was so worried there would be major issues once Sydney was in the tank, but thankfully all is quiet!
It turns out, Sydney wasn’t really aggressive at all once she went in the tank. This was filmed not long after putting her in the tank. She’s super stressed (you can see the horizontal lines on her body indicating stress), and she’s breathing a little hard. She’s just fine now.
Day one of the sorority went well. There was a small amount of chasing, but thankfully war didn’t break out in the tank like I was afraid of.
I had to share this video of Kinsey getting caught up in the bubbler and then playing in it a little. Silly fish… lol
This is a compilation video of various snippets of all the girls on day 3 (July 4, 2014). Willow was still hiding a lot, but thankfully she comes out and explores a lot more as of July 10th.
This video was filmed earlier this week when I fed the girls and the cories. The bettas always want to peck at the algae wafers. You can see Willow is a lot more active in the tank now. She still hides some but not as much as she used to.