I haven’t written about my betta sorority in two weeks (pretty much since I got them), so here’s a quick little update.Apologies for the terrible picture above … they are next to impossible to photograph with an ordinary camera. When I go in front of the tank, they think they are being fed so they swim around like crazy near the surface waiting for food.
First of all — they’re all still alive, hooray! There has been some minor fin nipping and chasing around the tank, and as a result, 3 of my girls have some torn tails :( Nothing major, but still noticeable. On the other hand, their colours have definitely come out more. When I first got them, I thought I had gotten 2 pale pink/white girls, 1 black fish, 1 blue fish and 1 red fish. Well, turns out the black betta is actually a dark red/indigo blue fish, one of the white/pale bettas is actually also red and blue and the last white/pale betta is actually turquoise. Strange huh?! So since they are slowly becoming a little more colorful, I think this means they are becoming more healthy?
Secondly, they all have names now :) Magda (or Queen Magda, as she is #1 in the tank) is the largest female betta in the tank, she is the one I originally thought was just a plain black betta, but is actually dark red with some indigo blue in her fins and tail. Juno is the second largest female in the tank, she is turquoise colour and has always been that colour. Melisandre is a red female betta, named after a Game of Thrones character, the red priestess. Lola is like a miniture Magda, she has all the same coloring, except Lola is a smaller size. Last but not least, Tuna was originally a pale/white colour. The colour of tuna actually, that’s why she was named so. But turns out she’s actually turquoise! So that was very surprising.
Third, I have no idea what the hierarchy in the tank is anymore. It’s been about two weeks now, and I’m sure they’ve established their own hierarchy by now, but I can’t really tell the order. I’m positive Magda is still Queen Magda. I’m not sure who’s number two or three, etc. anymore. For example, when I first got them, Juno was clearly number two because all the other girls would swim away from her, except Magda, the only fish Juno would leave alone. However, I have since seen Melisandre telling Juno off a few times. Another example, Tuna was clearly the last in the hierarchy when I first got them all. However, I’ve since seen Tuna act aggressively towards Lola and maybe some others. Point is, I don’t know the order …. oh well!
As far as I can tell, all is going well in the tank. They have certainly plumped up and gotten more colourful since I have been taking care of them. In fact, I think Magda might be experiencing a little bit of bloat from too much food. I will be fasting them all tomorrow anyway, as I read it is good to fast your fish once a week. Hopefully Magda’s bloat or constipation or whatever goes away. Speaking of which, poor Ernie is definitely bloated or constipated. It’s on the mild side, but noticeable. He is going to fasted for the next couple of days. Hopefully that will allow his bowels to move properly. I will try the pea-as-a-laxative thing later on, if his round belly hasn’t gone back to its normal size by then.