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One of the most tragic betta stories I have to tell. This is really what kicked me into high gear to provide simply the best for my bettas and all my fish. Ikaika (ee-Kye-kah) was a betta I had to baby-sit for my neighbors. Out of all the mistreated bettas I've seen, none of them were as bad as this poor little girl. I was asked to pet sit for my neighbors as they were going on vacation for a week. I was given a key to the house, and given the information on what to do and how to do it. The next day (the post-departure day), I went over to check on the animals. I went upstairs to see the betta. When I thought "betta" in that household, I thought maybe minor fin rot, cloudy water, you know, the mild stuff. Until I saw her. She was in water that looked like it had NEVER been changed. She was in an unheated, unlighted, unfiltered 1 gallon container that was by far repulsive. I want you to take note what diseases and disfunctions she actually had, and I'll list them:
Sadly, she was returned to her homewaters (after giving the tank a good scrubdown of course) Soon after... Despite great efforts to heal the worst, Ikaika passed away a few months later. I'm setting up a tank in memory of her, and it will be the home Ikaika longed for, for such a long period of time. "The female betta that I had cared for and nursed back to health has passed away. She was an awesome betta and really made a big change when brought into cleaner waters, even if it was only a week long. She had many diseases and deformities, but diseases were cured and deformities were not a factor when it comes to true ownership. Before passing away she was given the oppurtunity to swim in fresh clean water and get some excersise going, a chance to eat betta food, and experience the flavor of garlic, a chance to feel happy and healthy, a chance to not feel bloated, a chance to experience a caring owner, a chance to see a male betta display before her previously unnatractive appearance, a sign of love, and a chance to thrive in a healthy environment. She was loved by me, and she will be remembered as the one who was given a second chance. Rest in peace, Ikaika. I'll miss you...