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Today I have a picture of a blue Siamese Fighting Fish (betta splendens). Bettas must be kept separated from other fish because they will attack. If you hold a mirror up to the glass, they will display (spread their fins so that they look big and bad.)
We had one, and our granddaughter, Jenna, named him Jewels. I think he looked quite jewel-like. You may have seen these fish with a plant growing in the vase, but experts say that's cruel. We would never treat our pet this way. People generally overfeed fish. We fed Jewels only three pellets a day and changed his water regularly, using only bottled water.
Jewels came to us after our church finished using him for display for a series on fishing. There were nine betas in separate bowls on the stage. Jewels was front and center because he was the most beautiful.
The life span of bettas is two to three years, but our guy lived almost four years. I like to think that was because of his good treatment. I kept him in a three-foot clear vase with blue stones in the bottom. It made a pretty decorative item.
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