Small Pets: Meet Pete the rescued Betta

This interview is dedicated to the loving memory of Pete. You have touched so many lives, swim free little one.

May I ask how old are you?

Mama says im just under a year old.

Where did you get your name from?

The name pete just came out of nowhere. Its nothing special but thats all mama could see me as.

How did you end up with your mama?

Well Mama says shes nto quite sure how it happened. She was at walmart getting fish filter & happened to see me. To her it looked as if i was dumped into another bettas bowl & we started fighting. I was the weaker of the two & was on the verge of giving up. She went everywhere to the front desk looking for some one to help her get me out of there. One employee had happened to see her crying over us & he pulled me out of the other bettas bowl & put me in my own. (Mama made him cry). She tried to call everybody she knew to get to take me but nobody answered their phones. She wasnt just gonna leave me. (at the time one set of her fish just had babies & she had 3 tanks already set up) So she brought me home, I spent a few days with my Dad to be (they are getting married in august). But mama just couldnt leave me there not under her care.

Do you have any furry, finned or feather siblings?

Yes. I have 5 fishy siblings in a ten gallon tank & 9 fishy siblings in a 20 gal tank. Not to mention mamas parents 4 kittys Cream,Cheeto,Grady & Midnight.

What’s you life like now?

Life is now wonderful! Mama loves to play games with me & I get a whole five gallon tank to my self! Plus some snails dont forget about my snail friends ^-^

What advice would you give to someone thinking of having a betta fish in their home?

Well we like intereaction so plenty of facetime & bloodworms we love bloodworms.

DEDICATION:

This article is dedicated to Pete, who sadly left us to swim over the bridge on May 9, 2013. Swim free little guy. It was a pleasure to interview you and get to know you. Please know you will never be forgotten and you will always be loved.

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Betta Fish Care
I found a really great page with illustrations on care, choosing the right one, etc. Go here.

Betta Fish Care Tips:
(Taken from: http://bettafishcare.us/)

  • Always keep male betta’s away from other males as they are very aggressive and will fight to protect their territory.
  • When adding a new betta to the tank make sure that the water is at the correct temperature before adding. Otherwise you may shock him when placing him in the tank.
  • Keep a good fitting lid on your tank as betta fish can jump and if you don’t you may find that they have jumped right out of the aquarium..
  • Don’t over feed as that can lead to many problems and cause your betta to become constipated and swim irratically.
  • Learning how to properly care for your betta fish will extend his life and keep him in optimum health

General Betta Care & FAQ:
(Taken from: http://www.aquariumguys.com/betta-fish-care-article.html)

It is best to have a home for your betta fish ready to go before he arrives from the pet store. Your betta will be fine in a small tank or bowl, but the larger it is, the happier he will be.

There are a couple recommended setups for betta fish:

  • an individual small tank for one betta fish, 1/2 gallon or larger
  • a glass or plastic fish bowl for one betta fish, 1/2 gallon or larger
  • a divided tank for several male or female betta fish
  • a community tank for one male or several female betta fish

Regardless of which setup you choose, you will need:

  • betta fish food
  • aquarium gravel
  • a live plant or plastic plant
  • a net and siphon or gravel vacuum
  • a pH test kit

Also recommended:

  • basic freshwater test kits especially ammonia test kits
  • an aquarium thermometer, and if your tank is 5 gallons or above, a heater
  • water conditioners, stress relief, and medications for betta care
  • A tablespoon of freshwater aquarium salt
  • a separate bucket or container for preparing water

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Food:
(Taken from: http://www.wikihow.com/Take-Care-of-a-Betta-Fish)
Your Betta’s diet should consist primarily of pellets. For special occasions feed frozen brine shrimp or blood worms. Check the ingredients of your pellets. The first three should be protein based. Experts say protein in the pellets should be no less than 40%. Tropical fish flakes, goldfish flakes, etc are not for bettas.

Feed your Betta no more than 3 pellets every other day! This is very important, as overfeeding is the number one cause of death. Bettas will continue eating as long as you feed them and will eat themselves to death. Also, overfeeding can cause bloating of your Betta fish. Though, this is not as serious as a similar condition referred to as dropsy, it can however cause bladder problems later on that can be fatal.
Clean up any extra food that your Betta does not eat. Similarly, watch your Betta to see if he spits up any food. This could be a sign that your Betta is a picky eater. Try another brand of pellets or dried food.
Though live food may be exciting to watch, frozen and dried products still work great. They are safer and free from potential parasites. Frozen or dried blood worms are a great treat.

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Betta Fish Anatomy:
(Taken from:http://nippyfish.net/bettas-101/betta-fish-anatomy/)
1. Dorsal Fin – Used primarily to stabilize the betta in the water and to aid in turning. Consists of many branches. One of three unpaired fins.
2. Caudal Fin – Often called the tail fin, the caudal fin is used for propulsion and is often the first fin to deteriorate when bettas experience fin rot. In rare cases, bettas may bite their own caudal fins causing fin loss. Bettas have been selectively bred to illustrate a variety of caudal fin shapes including halfmoon, double tail, delta tail and the common veil tail. One of three unpaired fins.
3. Anal Fin – Used for stabilization while swimming.One of three unpaired fins.
4. Pectoral Fins – Used for turning and propulsion. These paired fins are located just behind operculum.
5. Ventral Fins – Sometimes called pelvic fins, these are used for fine motor skills like sharp turning, ascending and descending in the water column and stopping.These are paired fins.
6. Operculum – The gill covers that protects the fragile gill tissue from injury or damage.
7. Caudal Peduncle – The area at the posterior end of the betta’s body just before the caudal fin begins.
8. Eye – Bettas have very good eyesight and can see in color. They often react to movement outside their tank or their own reflection.
9. Mouth – Bettas have an upturned mouth used positioned to fetch insect larvae and small insects from the water’s surface.

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Bettas on Facebook:
An Additional link to stop the cruelty at Walmarts against Betta Fish.

Author’s Note:
Many thanks to Pete and his mama for letting me do the interview. All pictures were used with permission. You can find pictures of Pete on his facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/PeteTheRescueBetta
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8 Replies to “Small Pets: Meet Pete the rescued Betta”

  1. Fish are so wonderful! I love her goldfish. We had some goldfish a few years back but haven’t got anymore since. Pete’s mom sounds wonderful – we also rescued a betta who was left on our vet clinic doorstep in a tiny filthy bowl. He went to live with the receptionist in his very own 10 gallon tank.

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