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November 28, 2009

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Bela, the Pet of the Day
Name: Bela
Age: Four years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Bloody Parrot Fish
Home: Conestoga, Pennsylvania, USA
   This is our wonderful part of our aquarium hobby. I named her Bela, after Bela Lugosi, the actor who made Dracula famous in the old black and whites. She doesn't seem to mind being named after a boy.

    Isn't she just the cutest fish you've ever seen? We aren't sure how old she is, but I know that she is at least four years, as this is how long we've had her. This type of fish is a hybrid and there is much controversy over them. They are bred to look this way and part of the problem is that they cannot close their mouths entirely. It doesn't seem to be a problem for Bela at all and it certainly adds to her cuteness. She eats just fine. She also moves the pebbles and plants around her tank to suit her, she's her own decorator, and takes this job seriously.

    Some people actually think these fish are ugly? I don't, I think she is adorable I can't settle the debate over the breeding practices because they are so secretive and I'm not a fish breeder (not to mention a biologist).

    However, I think I can voice a strong "no way" when it comes to criticism of this fish's appearance and personality. She is terrific! She even follows us when we walk past. She knows us, and will take a flake of food or a pellet right out of our hands. She can tell the difference between us and visitors, and while she is curious about them, would not take food from them. She has certainly become a much beloved pet and I hope she is with us for a very long time. Some people don't think fish have personalities, well, they have never met Bela!

    She is a beautiful fish - who, I think, dreams of being a dog. She literally follows us around (as far as she can in the tank), particularly my husband. If you put your face to the glass, she will wiggle and "kiss" the glass where your face is. Everyone loves her.

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