Strange Bedfellows!!!!???? :)

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chickadee

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Okay, so it was nap time and the fish were getting settled down after a good meal....then I noticed a funny thing....TWO little fish behinds were hiding under the airstone and they were NOT the same species!!

I knew they really got along well but I did not expect this level of love between Alex and the Otos that he considers his. Dopey and Dingbat have never been in the least afraid of him and accept him as a playmate at all times, but a bedfellow...NOW I have seen everything!!!

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Aaww That's so cute! You know for a fish called a "fighting fish" they are remarkably affectionate!

Phlox absolutely ADORES his snail! He considers him HIS pet. Phlox is very protective and loving towards him. They sleep together side by side and Phlox leans his head over and rubs his face against the snail's head. He gently kisses him and nibbles on his antenae and the snail trusts him so much he doesn't even recoil. When I throw an algae wafer in for the snail he doesn't always see it and keeps sliding past it or sometimes it lands in one of the plants. All I have to do is point to the wafer and tell Phlox to bring it to the snail and he picks it up and carries it over to the snail and spits it out in front of him. If the wafer is on the floor and the snail is on the move (in the wrong direction) Phlox will sometimes try to "herd" the snail, nudging him until he finds the wafer. One time I threw two wafers in because the snail wouldn't see the first one. He finally found the second one and started eating. Phlox picked up the first wafer and kept spitting it out at the snail but he wouldn't take it because he already had one. Phlox seemed upset that his snail wouldn't eat and kept trying...  ;D
When the snail has the wafer and is eating Phlox will sit directly in front of him nose to nose and watches him adoringly while he eats. He may take a gentle nibble once in a while but never tries to steal the food from the snail.
I don't know what I'll do when the snail dies. They don't live too long. Phlox will be heartbroken 
 

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that is just adorable, I don't think my bettas has even acknoledged my snail.
 

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My Betta, Moby, also used to harbor an obvious affinity for Lenora, my snail. Moby liked to sleep next to Lenora and would rest his chin on Lenora's shell. But it wasn't like that at first. In the very beginning Moby would snap at Lenora's antennae or her air hose and Lenora learned to only come out at night while Moby was sleeping. I would scold Moby when he snapped at her and he'd just look at me through the glass. If he continued to snap at her I'd move him to a small fishbowl as punishment for a few hours. It only took a couple of times of this before Moby learned to leave Lenora alone and then actually grew attached to her. Now, since Moby passed away, Lenora has free reign over the 10 gallon tank.
 

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Oh these stories are so adorable I just neeeeed a Betta right now!!!!!!!!!
pant, pant

*tells self to settle down and be patient

*plots robbery to get more $$ to get 2nd q tank to get Bettas
hehehehehe



sorry ;D
 
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