Burning wood burns a million different colors, long after the flames go out.

I said that, probably not the first, but I said that. I just read a poem that started off about a man’s eyes being dark, like burning wood. Maybe burnt wood, but burning wood is not dark at all, it’s brilliant.


Who ses Betta Fish don’t need heaters?

I found Banana’s filter unplugged one morning recently, and his tank was about 67 degrees.

When I fed him, he seemed uninterested, and later when I let him see the female that I hope will get along with him for youngin’s, he wasn’t even interested in looking at her. I touched his 1 1/2 gallon tank to pull it out where i could reach better and found how cold it was!

Look where he spent the rest of the morning after I plugged it in!

betta heater
He’s like a lizard soaking up the sun off a rock.

Banana would like to argue with anyone who says that Bettas only need tiny bowls with no heat.

For one thing the smaller it is, the more you have to change the water. Even if you do it right, [like being sure the water is warm, and doing it slow enough to not shock the fish] 100% water changes are rough on the fish. Lets face it, most fish owners don’t change the water often enough to keep the quality where it should be. Just because a Betta is tough enough to live through it longer than other fish, doesn’t mean he should have to. The bettas in the cold little cups look pale and uninterested, and you never see them flare. They are just not at there best.  I found several of my Betta’s tanks at goodwill and the salvation army for $2 or @3 dollars. The heaters i use are all under $15 and most under $10. Some i found online and others at the local pet shops. The heaters were all purchased new. The one & two gallon tanks with small lights and heaters cost 83 cents to $1.10 to heat and light for a month, and that estimate is if they are on 24/7.  That is not a lot to spend to have a healthy, happy pet of any kind.

And for everyone who was concerned about him when I posted these photos on Bettafish.com, he is fine today and showing off for his girl, or maybe for the camera. Do you think he could know I’m taking his photo to make him famous online?

The water temps would have changed slowly, probably similar to night time in the wild places these boy’s relatives live. Banana doesn’t want to be a wild fish. You can see it in his eyes.

Banana, the betta fish

So, has he developed into a Half-Moon Betta as advertized? The first photo of him in his cup was in September, 2011

Banana was brought home in September

the next photo was taken this morning, November 27,2011

Yellow Betta Fishclose, but i wouldn’t call him a Half moon. I think he’d be called a Super Delta or maybe just a Delta tail. It’s fine, Deltas are my favorites. I got a Plakat Male once labeled “Female” His fins were clamped and he was very pale. I didn’t look close enough to even suspect. If you complain to the LPS, they will just say that their staff sometimes mixes them up when they’re cleaning the cups. We know from the look of most cups, that cleaning doesn’t happen very often, so I can see how the pimply faced kids might get confused. NOT!

Yellow Betta Fish

I think i found a scam!

For times when I’m not writing, I really need a job. My first book has come nowhere near supporting me in the manor I’ve become accustomed. I want to pay my electric bills and I also like food.

It’s been 6 months now since I quit the job that was giving me chest pains and hives. At first, when I returned to South Dakota from Arizona, after my friend died, I looked for employment on the internet and applied and begged at every business I went into to hire me, part time, full time, temporary, contractual. My schedule is open. To this day I haven’t even been called for an interview. I am looking for work with more enthusiasm since it’s been so long, and even decided to try “Craig’ List”.

On Craig’s list there were jobs for Rapid City SD. One of them said it was office work in a chiropractic office. Sounded perfect for me. I would expect a job that would require moving around, answering phones, setting appointments, keeping daily ledgers and generating reports, filing, taking people to rooms for the doctors as well as sitting if I needed too, and probably other things I haven’t thought of.

I responded in an email and attached my resume even though the instructions about how to apply were vague.

I few days later I got an email from someone who called herself ‘hiring manager’ or some other title. Never gave the name of her company, but the URL had ‘hiring’ or some other buzzword in it.  Other than that it sounded kinda professional.Image

She stressed that the business that hired her to do this for them was wanting to hire as soon as possible, so I had to hurry. [it took her several days to reach me] She instructed me to go to a URL and fill out a form, the next step in the hiring process. She also wanted me to get a credit report on myself saying it my credit good or bad wouldn’t change my eligibility for hiring, [then why ask for it?] She gave me another link for that. She stressed again the urgency her ‘clients’ felt about hiring someone, yet told me after I did as she requested, she’d get back to me in 3-5 days.

First I went and filled out the form. It was just a simplified, one page, ‘are you white or Hispanic’ type form. I followed the link for the ‘free’ credit report and of course they wanted my ssn. They also wanted a credit card, for this free report because if I didn’t ‘cancel’ whatever I was signing up for, they would bill me $19 per month. The site looked like freecreditreport.com, but even if it was, why would I sign up for something I’d have to cancel right away just to maybe be considered for a job, that I knew nothing about at the time?

Is this what ‘hiring managers’ are asking for these days?

I have applied online for many jobs and the ones that I know to be real, never asked me to do anything like that, not even for the job I was offered.

I wrote the woman back and told her everything that I thought was wrong with her request and never heard back from her after I requested more information about the job first. If there really was an actual job behind all of that, I guess I won’t be getting it ^.^)

Pepper, Male Yellow Pineapple

Pepper and Lemon are in the same tank now, and she swims through his fins, he doesn’t care about chasing her, biting her, bubble nests or courting, but he also hasn’t hurt her or made even one aggressive move that I’ve seen. I work on the computer right next to the tanks where boys and girls are together. He came out of the pet store cup with ragged fins. I’m keeping his tank warmer and after i took the photos, I took Lemon out of his tank.



Introducing Cocoa

She is the most beautiful girl I’ve seen locally. There are gorgeous females online too, but her fins are as close to orange as I’ve seen. More research is needed on my part to see what color and fin categories she falls into. If nature takes its course she will be Mocha’s girl. Mocha is what I finally named the chocolate boy i found a couple of months ago.



I found Cocoa at Crazy Critters in Rapid City SD. Actually they were kind enough to call me when they got a fish, male or female that had any orange coloring. They only keep about 10 bettas at a time and they have always been clean and healthy. Last time i was in they had mostly double tail bettas with a lot of blue color. I picked up a sweet little blue crowntail while i was there last.

Cocoa is living where Mocha can see her. Its been weeks, but the first time i put them together, Mocha bit a chunk out of her beautiful tail. I hope he gets his act together.

Cocoa and Mocha
Cocoa and Mocha