Yay! We Did It.
Nippyfish.net and Nippyfish: A Betta Blog has reached it’s 100,000 hit mark just this morning. I offer my most sincere thanks to everyone who has visited the site, written in with their questions and comments, subscribed to the blog and to those who have voted at
I look forward to growing my own knowledge base in the aquarium hobby and sharing what I learn with you and from you. 100,000, wow, I just can’t believe it. You guys rock.
In late 2004 Nippyfish.net, a site for the modern betta enthusiast was launched to the world. It was more then just an informational Betta splendens website, it was my brainchild and the result of almost two years of research and six months of design. It actually came about out of frustration. Researching aquaria and speaking with other Betta enthusiasts left my head whirling in a sea of contradiction and ambiguity. Betta people are about as feisty as their favorite fish and by no means lack confidence nor desire to share their opinions when asked about their Fighters. Some of the advice I was hearing just wasn’t, excuse the pun, holding water. I decided to put together my own site where facts are emphasized as facts, opinions are noted as opinions and the great majority of advice is based in science and first hand experiences.
What does it mean to be “a modern Betta enthusiast?” A modern betta enthusiast is someone who approaches the hobby dynamically, understanding that what was 20 years ago may not be today. The aquarium hobby is always changing and will continue to do so on an almost daily basis with the discovery of new science and the availability of new equipment and products. Even the fish themselves change as breeders discover new genes and emphasize different characteristics of the species. Modern Betta enthusiasts are eager to learn and willing to change their minds as the hobby evolves.
Currently Nippyfish.net is home to over 100 pages of Betta splendens care and general information, controversial articles, Q&A from readers, product and aquaria website reviews and interviews with others in the hobby, not to mention tons of photos and links to other related sites.
In the not-to-distant future I’d like to see Nippyfish.net expand to include betta breeding and show information. In the years to come it may even break off to include a commercial branch… but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Right now, the focus is on sharing information and spreading an interest in our favorite finned friend, the Siamese Fighting Fish.