Hi there, Larry B from Fairhaven, Mass here.
Three weeks ago, my wife had rotator cuff surgery to repair some nasty
weight-lifting workout damage (not my cup o'tea I assure you......my
motto is "NO PAIN = GOOD!") and a friend came by and dropped
off one of those Betta-In-A-PlantBowl things. I was horrified! Not
knowing a THING about any kind of fish at all, common sense told me
that this configuration was NOT a humane thing at all! Not a
pet-person at all, my wife was content to let the poor thing just
fester there in that cesspool, I, however was NOT. I bought a Betta
book, a bowl, some gravel and food and set the little guy up in some
clean spring water. He was so happy it was unbelievable and I was very
touched by the obvious and often outrageous personality of this fish.
(Goldfish are morons by comparison!) Finding your web site was a real
blessing and my red male Betta has benefited greatly from my
increasing knowledge. Although I don't plan on going all out as you
have, I intend to be a proper and humane owner to this former orphan.
The way I see it, neither of us asked for this but, as a compassionate
human being I have no choice but to properly care for the little
creature which Fate has delivered into my custodianship. He is a real
character and I have already had some great laughs and touching
moments with him. My wife is NOT amused by any of this and is even
getting jealous of the Betta, but that's her tough shit, I have
to do what's right, right? Anyway, the REAL purpose of this letter was
to say CONGRATULATIONS ON THE UPCOMING "ANIMAL PLANET"
APPEARANCE!!!!!!! We will be watching for sure! That is SO
great and you truly deserve any acclaim. Keep up the good work,
best of luck with your band ( I am former lead singer from circa 1974
to 1977 so I know how difficult and rewarding it can be!) and
above all please keep on inspiring us poor peasants with your Betta
wisdom and web site!
|02/11/02 - Fanmail
A few weeks ago my betta began acting sluggish. At first I thought that he
might have been depressed, since I had just moved him from our computer
my room because it was starting to get to cold. I thought maybe he missed
my younger brother and sisters pressing their faces up against his jar and
with him. But then he started hanging out at the bottom of his jar only
coming up for air, and soon after that he stopped eating. I was very
worried and I remembered coming to your site right after I had purchased
him about 6 months ago and seeing a section on 'betta diseases'. I soon
found out (with the aid of a flashlight) that he had velvet. Thanks to
your site I was able to diagnose and treat him successfully and he is now
once again a healthy, happy, and hyper fish.
So thank you very much for
sharing your knowledge on your wonderful site, and we hope you continue to
do so for years to come.
Ashley & 2D
my bettas best buddy
I love your whole site and your exotic
Just wanted to drop a line about keeping your lonely fish happy when
you're too busy to sit with them all day. My betta, Mr. Fish.. yes I
know, I'm so creative. Luvz.. luv luv luvz our lava lamp. In
fact when I come into his room, well the computer room, he swims around
and around untill I turn it on and once it gets going he just watches it
for minutes at a time! (probably hours in betta world) So
anyone with single lonely fish, here's my advice, buy your betta a lava
lamp. Not only is it retro kitch, but it's like a big screen betta
new-bee betta owner (and not a potted betta
either, I liberated Mr. Fish from his cell in a petstore)
I always refer to your site when trying to figure
out my Betta friend Sam. Sam clearly has his own personality, and is
sometimes moody and territorial. Most of the time, though, he is curious
toward me, watching me as I work. Sam is about 3.5 months old now and has
survived ICK, due to the description on your website and instructions on
how to handle it. He is happy as can be, eating like a pig and blowing
bubble nests in his 1 gallon "aquarium". I am a faithful user of
Aquarisol, and I think it helps keep Sam healthy and free of
and whatever else might be lurking.
Sam and I both thank you for your insights.
- Mr. 181 and Thanks!
Well, if only Mr. 181 could be cloned. Shall
we submit his name for the first human male to be cloned overseas at
I do have a close second for whom I have been trying to match make for
the longest time. My b.i.l. David is 34 years old and is "Mr.
165"! He is not as financially secure as Mr. 181, but he is a
darned good master machinest and tool and dye man, completely by choice
as he would have aced an engineering degree and had the choice to do so.
He would kill me if he knew I had mentioned him here as he is fiercely
independent and commitment shy. What is it about these high I.Q.
males? Ooops. Don't answer that come to think of it.
Do they know more than the rest of us know about marriage? lol!
Thank you Faith for your delightful website. I think you have
saved my pet store garden variety male betta from quick death more than
a few times. Alberto has made it two years now at least! He
is wonderful and I will miss him terribly when it is his time to go.
- Fan Mail ;)
I was not going to send an e-mail. I almost think it cheesy, but I love
your site so much! There is so much detailed information and it is so
specific! I can not get enough. I initially logged on to see why my fish
does not swim anymore. (He is getting old. He is a little over two. I
think that this is what is wrong with him because his behavior does not
match any of the diseases) Now I feel like I can not get enough. They are
even in my dreams! Maybe I have been bitten by the "Beta Bug!" I
am not really interested in breeding for profit, but I may try to breed
some soon for fun. (I have not decided because I am not sure what to do
with them once I do breed them and since I love my little fish so much I
do not think that I would like to give them away!) I started with your
site and now have been too all the site I can access and yours is
superior. I have even been to the site of the other breeders that you
mention on your site and thought they seem to have some nice strains, I
love yours the best so far! I have found that I do like the
crowntail/combtail's. I have not seen a whole bunch on your site. I guess
this is not one of your focuses right now. I know that I am babbling but
there is no one else who cares about talking about betta's. I know that
you sell them for a profit and there is no way that I will be able to
afford one any time soon, but I still am so excited about reading about
them and learning about them. From the research I have done so far there
is no way that I will buy the ones from a pet store to breed (or attempt
to breed, seeing that it may not be as easy as I would hope it would be)
And if I ever do try I will start w/ yours. They are so pretty! I can not
even tell you which one is my favorite. I love them all. ( Even though I
have learned so much and see what a challenge breeding is. I still like my
little "mutt". It is his personality! Even though he is old and
big and tired he still gets excited when he sees me! Thank you for your
site! It brings me real pleasure, entertainment, and enjoyment!
|04/15/02 - Thanks!
I tried sending you a fan mail, but it wouldn't
work, so I'll try it here. Sorry if I've violated any protacols!
I am not a breeder, shower,
or collector. I have one little betta in a 1 gallon jar that was given to
me for my birthday. I enjoy the little guy and was very upset to see him
get all sick and upset in the last couple weeks. Not knowing where to turn
(Walmart was no help at all!!!) I searched the web and found your site. It
was a wealth of information, and I'm trying to doctor my little Phishy the
best I can. I don't know the results yet, but it was very helpful to find
your information and know what to try. So thanks very much, and I'll let
you know how he does. Muchos Gracias from NM!