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Kelly is the mother of 5 adorable kids--4 boys and a girl. The girl came in a package with a boy (twins). Kelly is married to a charming young man who lives and breathes computers. They are also guardians for three nieces and a nephew.

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Monday, March 31, 2008

Pinky and the Brain (our Bettas)

Thanks to some neighbors we are now the proud owners of two fiesty male Betta fish. The neighbor who gave them to us gave them with very little instructions for their care.

We had a naming vote to decide what to call them. The names of Pinky and the Brain won out.

Luckily, I have a good friend who knows a thing or two about taking care of pet fish...particularly bettas. He was able to give me some very valuable instructions on their care.

When we got them they were in two separate tanks. This, btw, is a very good thing. Male bettas will try and likely succeed at killing one or the other. The tanks came with an aeration pump, but had yet been inserted into the tanks.

Another neighbor had some extra betta food to tie us over until I could get to the closest pet store. It took me over a week to get the necessary supplies to properly clean out the tanks and add the aerator pumps. I also bought some small rocks and some scenery for the tanks.

Finally, this last Saturday, I got the chance to clean out the tanks and get things in place with the aeration, rocks and scenery. At first Pinky was not sure about his new surroundings. The Brain, however, thought it was cool to swim about the plants and loved being able to hide among them.

By the next day Pinky had decided that his tank was okay and has been more lively since.


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On Monday, March 31, 2008 11:31:00 AM, Blogger Brooke wrote...

Every betta I've ever seen just kind of sits around, unless it is feeding time. It's cool that yours are lively.

Good luck with your new pets. Narf!

On Monday, March 31, 2008 12:31:00 PM, Blogger Phelonius wrote...

I like to mess with their little minds. One thing that you can do that is just hilarious is to take a small vanity mirror and just hold it up next to the tank wall there. They think it is another Betta in their tank and they put on a full display.

Nice job on the tanks. They look happy and clean in there!

On Monday, March 31, 2008 12:41:00 PM, Blogger nanc wrote...

i loved my last two - and they both died of old age.

gill and fins gill - and what phelonius said - a mirror is great fun!

the first gill had such a great personality - he'd get very excited when i'd approach his bowl and swim and do loop-d-loops in the water like he was happy to see me.

On Monday, March 31, 2008 8:06:00 PM, Blogger Phelonius wrote...

They really DO respond to attention. The more they get the happier they are.

On Tuesday, April 01, 2008 1:07:00 AM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

They do seem a bit more lively since we added the aeration thingy to the tank.

On Wednesday, April 02, 2008 7:06:00 PM, Blogger Phelonius wrote...

Heh, oxygen is a good thing, you know!

On Saturday, April 19, 2008 7:29:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

what adorable names yall came up with, and very orriginal too!

I once had a betta fish and named him Mr. Belevedere after finding out the fish were pretty good housekeepers. :)

You did a marvellous job in arranging the plants and rocks.

I'm glad pinky came around to enjoying her new surroundings. The brain looks very happy too :)


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