Wednesday, April 16th, 2008
I hit up Petco and bought some fish this weekend. Bettas, specifically. When I lived in Dallas, I had several bettas over the years… up to three at once, I think. I really like how tropical they look and low maintenance they are.
As you may know, bettas are Siamese fighting fish, so you can only have one in the container at a time or they’ll tear it up. You can have a male/female combo, but only under certain circumstances. They pretty much tear it up, too. The males are the most commonly owned and the most “fancy”.
So, it became a tradition to name my pretty, fabulous, colorful, fancy male fish names that suit such fierceness: Nelly, Mary, Nancy, Mark, Rick and Steve. I stopped short of giving them track lighting. (And if you laugh at that, you are so my people. Come over and we’ll have ‘armadilla cake’.)
Anyway, I’ve got them on opposite sides of the living room. One is your standard betta. He’s primarily turquoise and pink with some red bits and speckly white bits. It really depends from which direction you’re viewing and if he’s stumbled into some dramatic backlighting.
The other is a delta-tail betta which have shorter, rounded-but-fluffier, guppy-like tails. Like a ruffly fan. They don’t seem to be as bold in color… at least from the selection I saw, but they’re beautiful nonetheless. This one is kind of a gray-blue color. Saturated, but not bright if that makes sense. His colors are more subtle, changing to a deep midnight blue, almost charcoal color. He’s not as swimmy as the other guy, but I think it may be because I don’t have much in his bowl yet, just some glass stones in the bottom. Usually, they like a simple plant or something for interest so they can hide in it or around it. Otherwise, they just swim or lie on the smooth stones on the bottom. Not very exciting… at least the first guy has an Easter Island dude to keep him company.
I keep calling them the first guy and the second guy because I don’t have names for them yet. I’m kind of at a loss. What am I left with? Patsy and Edina? Captain and Tennille? Gilbert and Sullivan? Martini and Rossi?
Got any ideas for two-some names? Help a girl out. My fish need names!