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November 21, 2012

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Fuego, the Pet of the Day
Name: Fuego
Age: One year old
Gender: Male
Kind: Veiltail Betta fish
Home: New York, USA
 
   This is my orange Veiltail betta fish named Fuego (which translates in Spanish to mean fire). He is one year old and loves to flare his fins whenever he catches his own reflection in his tank.

    Fuego is just about the laziest bettafish I have ever seen. He is one of those bettas who actually prefer a smaller tank. I placed him in a temporary tank of about two gallons with a plant a log and a leaf to rest on. The next morning I woke up to see that he had made the biggest bubble nest I had ever seen a betta make! The bubble nest is a sign from a betta that he is healthy and happy (and ready for a mate). Over the next week I set up a 6.6-gallon tank for him but once I got him in there he was terrified! Even after five days to get used to his surroundings he barely moved from the corner of the tank. He hadn't blown one bubble! When I put him back into what I thought of as his "temporary" two-gallon tank I found him making another bubble nest not two hours later! He is happy to sit in his log and blow bubbles and occasionally flare his gills at his own reflection.

    Recently I have taught him to follow my finger around the glass using a piece of food. He is a very cool pet to have, and watching his behavior is always interesting!

Fuego, the Pet of the Day
Fuego, the Pet of the Day

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