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What Should I Name My New Betta?

I love betta fish! I think they are so beautiful, all iridescent and colorful. Plus, they are easy to take care of and don’t require a lot of start-up capital (that is, you don’t need a huge fish tank with a filter). Plus, I can keep him on my desk. It gets lonely working from home sometimes, especially since my office is in the part of the house where we do not allow Naveed and Stella, our two very friendly cats.

So yesterday, on my way to the library, I noticed that there is a Pet Warehouse just south of The Library Center. Never noticed it before. On a whim, I stopped in, picked out the most beautiful betta on the shelf, and now I have a friend living on my desk, between my speaker and my pen cup.

Back in high school, I owned five bettas at one time. When I went to Spirit of America in June/July of 1999, they lived with my boyfriend, and one of them died a tragic death–his cat tipped over the bowl and had a nice, fresh betta filet. It was sad, indeed, but at least I four other little fishies to marvel at. Over time, my bettas died or had to be relocated to different waters*. It’s been at least 8 years since I’ve had one.

Back then, my bettas all had fun names. Some were named after presidents (Madison) and some after artists (Picasso). But I’m at a loss for what to name this little guy. His body is blue/green iridescent, and his fins are all that nice, deep, matte red. I’d love to stay in the president/artist theme (but don’t have to), but I need help from my readers! Suggest a name idea in the comments and if I choose your name, my betta’s middle name will be yours (i.e. Madison Lorraine), just for fun. :)

Ah, I bet you’d like to see a picture of him for inspiration, huh? Here he is! (The picture doesn’t do his body color justice!) Here’s an artsy picture of him on my photoblog (also does not show his color).

3 thoughts on “What Should I Name My New Betta?

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  2. Sarah Jo

    22 Jan on 2010 at 16:15

    President #13 was Willard Fillmore. What about Gillard Gillmore?

    Or I know you like Picasso…maybe Pablo? That should bring up some memories, too.

  3. Jill

    22 Jan on 2010 at 11:34

    How about British non-royalty royalty? Just because I think Camilla Jilla would be a hilarious name for a betta :-D

    Miss you, Lindy! READ YOUR EMAIL. You still need to respond to my Rome kestions ;-)