Wednesday, March 25, 2009


I can't remember if I ever talked about my fish at the office. One of the guys had a small fishtank with a beta, and I admired it, and told him that I was jealous that he had a fish. That day, he went out to lunch and came back with a fishbowl and a beta for me! Unlike most betas that I've seen, he wasn't purple or black, but gold. I hadn't had fish for a long time, and I really enjoyed watching him.

I know you're not supposed to put two male betas together--they're not called Siamese Fighting Fish for nothing!--but the other guy (Dave) had several other little fish in his tank, a couple of neon tetras and a few others, and they seemed to be fine, so one day last week he came in after lunch with two little neon tetras for me! And a filtration kit for my fishbowl because while the beta is fine in a small bowl (they are found in stagnant pools of water in the wild), the other fish would need filtered water.

So anyway, I had cleaned the bowl and put the two little fish in, and the beta chased them for a little while, then I looked over and he had one of them in his mouth! I rushed over and made him drop it, but the little guy never recovered, and died later that day. The remaining one was kind of hiding behind a plant, but everything seemed fine. But the next morning when I came to work, the second tetra was dead. So, okay, not such a good idea, apparently.

But then, Monday when I came to work, the beta was dead! There were a lot of different theories as to why, but of course no one really knows. It's very sad now, I just have an empty fish bowl, but my friend Anna is going to bring me her tank with some guppies, so I have that going for me.

There are another half dozen or so new pieces up at the Etsy shop, including a necklace. I had made two similar ones for one of the guys at work to choose from for a gift for his mother, and he chose the other one, so the second one is up for sale now, along with a few more pairs of earrings.

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April said...

How do you get a fish to drop what's in his mouth? :)

Willa said...

LOL. Good question. :) I jumped up and rushed over and said, "Hey! Drop it!" and stuck my hand down in the bowl and waved it around. And he dropped it, but too late for the little guy.