Rosetail, Copper and Yellow, Male.

How did you choose the name for your betta?

When I first brought him home his fins were transparent except just around his body where they almost appeared green. So I named him Lief which means “lucky” and also makes me think of leaves and the color green. there’s no longer any trace of green on him as he’s had a pretty dramatic change in color.

Is there a story behind your betta – when were you first united?

I went to my local Petsmart to pick up something and wandered over to look at the bettas. There was this pitiful looking “premium” betta that was pale and stressed and had torn fins. I can’t remember how much he was but its was absurdly overpriced for what it was. After leaving him there for a week and thinking nonstop about him I had to go back and sure enough he was still there pushed back deep on the shelf. I did end up buying him despite completely disagreeing with how they care for the bettas. First and last betta purchase for me at a Petsmart as there are way better places to buy nicely bred and better cared for bettas. I no longer shop at Petsmart for anything pet related.

What makes your betta special to you?

There is something pretty cool about seeing a neglected fish transform into a beautiful healthy fish. Lief will be the only betta for me that will have such a transformation though now that I know where to buy healthy and well cared for bettas.