I’ve been an animal lover since I was a child. Except maybe for great big spiders and stink bugs – I love them all. Ok, there is that big rooster my grandparents had but he was MEAN. Once, our dog was chasing him and I happened to come around the corner of the house at the wrong time and I got scratched up. He was a fierce one. He had a dog on one side and a little kid on the other.
It will probably come as no surprise that along with two dogs and a newish kitten that I also tend to keep a Beta fish or two around. I find it relaxing to watch them swim with their long tails softly undulating through the water. Plus they come in some pretty incredible colors.
And ever since my oldest son named his first Beta Arnold Schwimminegger my fish have all had unusual names.
In the first photo is Cadinal Woolsey because of his long red “robes” and my love of history.
And the bottom photo is of Rooster. He has an iridescent quality to his scales and a kind of mini comb on top of his head. And he’s a bit feisty. Whenever I change his bowl he fights me and is hard to catch.
At least he doesn’t scratch!
Betas are super easy to care for and they make great plant water.
When I clean out the fish bowls I use the old water to water my plants. I just pour it from the bowl into a watering can and then water my plants.
It gives my plants a very gentle bit of fertilizing every time I water. They seem to LOVE it.
And I don’t waste the water.