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LOOK AT MY FISH CHILDREN!
SO CUTE
I LOVE THEM

Don’t mind the lack of decor in their tanks, and that my betta doesn’t have his filter right now. Yesterday I moved them from our apartment to our new house and packed all their supplies into multiple grocery bags, and then forgot one of the bags that contained most of their decor and my bettas filter.
There’s MUCH better lighting in this house too so, better pictures!!

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I would sell my sibling for this fish

bonding with my fish includes:

  • yellling his name when I enter my room so he swims from his hiding spot to see me
  • upon seeing me he WIGGLES EVERYWHERE 
  • hand feeding time! if he misses one, I point to it and he swims there to eat it
  • staring blankly at each other 
  • laying in my bed and wiggling my fingers at the tank until he spots me and comes closer to investigate
  • when i put my face close to the tank to see how the plants are doing and suddenly all I can see is fish because he’s nosey and likes swim right up to me when I’m near
  • watching him make 5,000 bubble nests 

She’s the betta half of the two

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There is a mermaid race in my manga story, I’ve never fleshed out its design so I was thinking about it recently. I have a betta since last year and I wanted to have this race to be a pretty betta-based race, but the thing about bettas is they have short-ish bodies, and so if I go with the normal approach of turning the legs into a fish body with a tail at the end, and fins on either side of the pelvis, it looks super bizarre to me, as if the mermaid has 2 connected torsos LOL. but if I just straight up draw the lowerbody as just the tail it would look really creepy too, as if they’re amputated. In the end I decided to have these “mermaids” retain their legs, but treat them as fins, just like their arms. That way the position of their fins would match the betta’s most closely, just with their belly fin turned into 2 leg fins, and they wouldn’t look like freaks with 2 torsos!

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“I’m upset because I was called out for improper care for one of my pets!

Great, sorry you feel that way, but don’t use you’re emotional state as a reason to bypass the fact that you’re providing potentially improper care.

If you have a fish in a bowl, chances are you’re providing improper care. If you’re feeding your cat or dog a strictly vegan diet, you are providing improper care. If you are following what the major brand pet store says your pet needs, chances are you’re providing improper pet care. If you’re response any time someone tries to inform you of the general needs of your pet you get defensive and brush off what they say, chances are you’re providing improper care.

Every pet owner has made mistakes. But as people who have living beings whose lives depend on us, we must look past our pride and acknowledge when we are wrong.

I don’t care if it’s a fish, snail, worm, dog, cat, or a parrot. If it’s a living being that depends on you, you owe it to provide that living being with the proper housing and care. If you cannot do so the responsible action is to surrender it to someone who will.

Myths About Betta Fish

I’m sick of the pet industry always fucking animals like the betta over so let’s get some things straight
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MYTH: bettas like small spaces, they live in small rice paddies in the wild
REALITY: No they absolutely do not, sure some survive this, but it’s a cruel life to live. Rice paddies are actually quite big although shallow, the average male betta has about 3 feet of its own territory in the wild. Bettas need AT LEAST 2.5 gallons, but a 5-10 g is even better. You can get a 3 g tank from petco for like $10
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MYTH: you should feed your betta whenever it is hungry
REALITY: a bettas stomach is the size of its eyeball, it is very easy to overfeed. I feed my betta 2 pellets a day, but lots of people feed at different times with different food so I suggest doing some research and deciding what works best for you.
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MYTH: bettas are lazy
REALITY: bettas are inactive in small tanks because they’re aware that they have no space to swim and will hit walls, in larger tanks bettas are very active
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MYTH: bettas can only be kept alone
REALITY: it is true that male betta fish cannot be kept with any other betta, but (depending on the bettas personality) bettas can be kept with fish that are smaller and drab looking that won’t bite your bettas tail. I keep my betta with 2 snails and 5 ghost shrimp and he rarely bothers them. Female bettas can be kept in groups of 5 which is called a sorority. Keep in mind that these options are only possible in large tanks with lots of hiding spots.
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MYTH: bettas will eat live plants so you don’t have to feed them if you have plants in the tank
REALITY: bettas are CARNIVORES. They won’t eat plants, they will eat blood worms and brine shrimp which you can buy frozen. In fact feeding real prey is good along with pellets or flakes.
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MYTH: bettas don’t need filtration or heat
REALITY: they need both. As far as filtration goes, strong currents don’t mix well with bettas but you can filter naturally by heavily planting your tank.
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MYTH: bettas only live a couple months anyway, why should I be doing all this?
REALITY: with proper care, bettas can live 5 years.
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MYTH: bettas and all other fish are dumb
REALITY: bettas are actually very smart and trainable. Mine was taught to jump out of the water on command and come when called (by wiggling fingers). Some people have taught bettas harder tricks such as going through a hoop. They can even learn when meal time is and be ready for it.
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MYTH: My child will take care of the betta
REALITY: your child will lose interest within a week, YOU will be taking care of their fish. If you’re not okay with that don’t buy your kid a fish.
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MYTH: I should completely change the tank each time I clean it
REALITY: you should instead do frequent partial water changes of about 40% of the water
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MYTH: bettas are throw away pets
REALITY: there is no such thing as a throw away pet and if you think there is you shouldn’t own pets

Please always read care sheets before buying a pet because -newsflash- PET STORES LIE.
*drops mic*

  • Betta owner: this is my fish, he's a partial-dragon red devil traditional halfmoon plakat. He's from a ten-generation line originating from an IBC best-in-show winner, imported directly from Bangkok. I paid three months salary for him.
  • Cichlid owner: this is my fish, he's a rare colour morph of a recently discovered species that doesn't even have a scientific name yet. I had to search twenty stores and six websites to find him. I think his species might already be extinct in the wild.
  • Goldfish owner: this is my fish. He's fat and adorable and good.