RIP Kalea

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My other betta fish hasn't been well the past three days. He hardly eats and looks sickly. I was trying to think of a humane way to put him out of his misery. I just looked now and the little guy is dead. He was a funny fish, always wanting to fight me if I stared at him too long. May he rest in peace. Here is Kalea..



This is what he looked like when he was ready to fight...



 
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Aww I'm sorry. People sometimes don't understand how sad you can get over the loss of one of these guys unless you've had one for a really long time. I've had mine for a long time now, I want to say like 2 years. He's been taking spells where he stays at the bottom for a while. I don't want him to die


RIP kalea!! He was very pretty!

 
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Thank you for your kind thoughts.
I had Kalea for two years. Every morning he would swim over, stare at me, and open/close his mouth fast, as if to say feed me now! They are intelligent.

Kalea stayed at the bottom quite a bit. Apparently betta fish have a special breathing mechanism. Not only do they breathe through their gills but also in the throat there is special mechanism that helps them breathe while sitting on the bottom of a tank, bowl or in their natural habitat. Sometimes I thought he was dead because he was sitting so still at the bottom. Other times he was suspended in his plant.

 

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