Ever since we saw a vintage-looking Raleigh in Copenhagen, I’ve been somewhat obsessed with them. I really want one! Somehow that turned into me getting a Betta and naming it Raleigh…
Two friends adopted dogs recently, so I decided that it was time to get a Betta. I have been pet-free for a long time now, maybe four years, ever since my beloved mini lop rabbit, Tobie, died.
In true multi-modal fashion, Raleigh (and his tank, and gravel, and rocks, and a live plant, and two kinds of food…) came home with me on the bus. I was afraid he’d get even more seasick on my bike, plus, it was warmer on the bus…
Upgrading to a tank is a big deal for me, since I’ve always had Bettas in bowls. But I really liked the idea of having live plants, and I’m told that this is the best route. I started off with one plant, but will definitely add more in.
I’ve noticed that Raleigh likes to hide in the corner behind the leaves, so I think he’ll also soon acquire a log or something to hide in or under. He totally freaked me out the first morning – he was floating upside down under the plant. I was sure he was dead, but when I turned the tank light on, he sort of shook himself right side up, then swam off. I guess he was sleeping upside down?
I caught him later dozing in the corner, head up. I’ve never seen a fish do this before (not that I’ve had that many), and it kinda cracks me up. He’s a juvenile, so I like to think he’s a 14 year old boy wishing he had a skateboard (in this household he’d get a BMX bike).
So this will be my fourth major hobby, I guess, after bicycles and sewing and my CERT team. Because I don’t have enough to do already! But it’s nice to have a pet again. If I get a Raleigh bike, I may have to name it Fish.