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Let's try this again.
My last attempt at keeping a fish here in the UK didn't go so well. About two years ago, I bought a weather loach, named him Alcuin, and set him up with a one-gallon tank in our Nicholas Gardens flat. Alas, he mustn't have been in top form, because he lasted only a couple of weeks. Not long after, the pet shop in question went out of business, so it was no more fish for me. At least not in York, where pet shops (aside from the one that closed down) didn't seem to exist.

On our way home from grocery shopping today, James and I ran across a small pet shop. I'm immediately critical of fish sections if I see lots of algae growth, dead fish in the tanks, overcrowding, etc., but the tanks were very clean, and only a few had too many occupants. They had three or four male bettas in stock, and, as some of you may recall, I used to keep bettas all the time when I lived Stateside. Anyway, the blue delta looked like the healthiest of the lot, but he was self-obsessed and not too bright (i.e. couldn't seem to see anything except his own reflection in the back wall of the tank and spent all his time chasing himself back and forth, back and...yeah). There were a couple pale pinkish ones with burgundy fins, but they were dull-eyed and listless. That left the attentive-looking one who was busy hiding in an eye-level cave, but nonetheless peering out with interest, because he'd clearly been bullied a bit by the swarm of sword-tails with whom he was stuck sharing a flat.

Orpheus came home with me. I'll get a picture of him later when our camera is working.

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I LOVE Siamese fighting fish (I hadn't heard the name betta until now). I'm trying to persuade my friend Ash to get one so I can go and stare at it every so often. Now I might just have to sit and stare at Orpheus ^_^

Betta is the most widely used term for them in North America (derived from the fact that the scientific name is Betta splendens). Please do come and stare at him. He loves to stare back!

I've had so many of them over the years. In fact, it's bizarre that I went about 4 years between my last one (Nefer, rest his soul) and Orpheus. The house doesn't feel balanced without fish...

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