I've been on Lady Fortuna's bad side lately. My Wheel of Fortune is somehow locked at the bottom -- stuck there. With every spin, I end up with something Really Stupid happening. No fun at all. To cheer my spirit a bit, I decided it was time to bring another family member into the house. Felipe follows in the tradition of Pez, Greta (who barely lasted a blip), Diego, and Juan Carlos. Felipe is an "elephant ear betta," which I thought was very appropriate considering my ear whoosh problems at this time. Even though he was quite expensive for a betta, I fell in love and freed Felipe from those awful, little containers they keep bettas in.
I usually just use a 1 gallon glass bowl for bettas, but I decided to kick it up a notch for Felipe. My other bettas have died these really horrible deaths (usually at old-man-betta ages, thankfully), so I thought perhaps Felipe would stay healthier in a bigger area. I got a 2.5 gallon tank from Petco. Even though this is really annoying for my awful back, it will be OK. I just got a new back epidural/steroid injection on Monday, so I should be feeling really good soon. Also, I'm planning on getting a heater for the first time when I get my next check. Farmhouse Villa gets extremely cold come winter, so I'll start warming the water now to keep this little guy happy all year-round.
Felipe was so relieved (and perhaps confused) to suddenly have so much space. He swam all around and showed off his beautiful fins. I love his coloring -- such a purty fishie:
I got Felipe a plant, a leaf hammock, and a statue to hide in. However, I read that this particular statue has a problem with flecking paint, so I immediately removed it and will be returning it. I have a newer, better hide on order. Felipe didn't seem to like that statue anyway. He never went inside for the day it was in there. He LOVES that leaf hammock though. He rests on it all day long:
I cluttered up the bookshelf where Felipe is staying just in case Gretchen tried to get to him. She doesn't seem to notice him much, however, so I don't think we'll have any problems. Please note that Ollie is standing guard:
I feel so peaceful when I watch Felipe swim. The movement is hypnotizing, especially at night when I'm all wired but need to go to bed. The only problem is that Felipe is now on a Hunger Strike. He ate that first day, but now he hasn't eaten in... 5 days. But I did read on a betta forum that this is OK -- that bettas can go for a month without eating, in fact. I also read that sometimes they don't eat when they're getting used to a new home. I'll be patient. I hate change, too.