It is such a joy to watch fry grow up! They are about 2.5 months now and really getting some nice colors! They are also sparring more and developing individual personalities. It also looks like I have a lot more males than females, which is perfect for paternal mouthbrooding bettas! I really love how the fry can hide in the subwassertang and peek out at me when they feel brave :)
Today is the 2 year anniversary of my grandfather's death. It's the first time I've been able to re-watch my grandfather's wild betta fish room tour. In a way I'm grateful to YouTube because it let me have this moment of us together recorded at least. I wish I had taken even more photos and videos. Please tell the people you love how much you love them, especially with how the world is right now. You never know when they will be plucked away.
Long time no talk! I think it's safe to say that this year has turned out a LOT different than we all anticipated!
2020 was supposed to a big year for me... we planned to get married, honeymoon in Hawaii, then go on an epic trek in the Borneo rainforest searching for giant tropical pitcher plants. Needless to say all of that was cancelled. Sigh...
Being home in quarantine all the time has its upsides though. I finally had the time to raise another spawn of Betta rubra and I've been expanding my tropical pitcher plant collection! I posted several videos on Betta rubra and Nepenthes on my YouTube channel and it feels good to be back. I am finally finding that elusive balance between work and my personal life. I absolutely love teaching, but I will say that I would never wish upon ANYONE the stress of learning how to teach full-time in a public high school! The learning curve is steep and the work-life balance is almost impossible, but I LOVE my students and colleagues!
I also started a separate website on my tropical pitcher plants called the Nepenthes Diary. Nepenthes are certainly less demanding than fish - no water changes, slow growing, interesting to research and collect, and just spectacular plants overall. Check it out! I hope to expand my fish breeding again in the future... probably when I retire!
A few new videos for you below!
Until next time