7 Things that I’ve Learned Since I’ve Bought My (Third) Betta Fish – Reblog

Author’s Note: Hey, y’all! Today is National Pet Parents Day, so I will be reposting some things that I’ve learned since I got my betta fish Peace. Anyways, I hope you enjoy! ❤️

It’s been a little while since we’ve gotten Peace (about two months or so.) And I must admit that the time has went by so fast! Since I’m able to stay downstairs, where Peace is located, while I do my schoolwork, we have already been able to create a bond. Getting to know him and the different parts of his big (but sweet) personality makes my heart content.

Despite the fairly short time that I’ve had him, I’ve learned a lot about the evolution of betta fish and the type of care that they need to keep them happy. Here are 7 of the lessons that I’ve learned since getting my third betta fish. This post is for current betta fish keepers, potential future betta fish owners, and even those who are just curious to see the care that these small but beautiful fish need.

1. A heater is a must.

Since bettas are tropical fish, it is required to get a heater that will keep your aquarium water evenly distributed with heat. In the wild, bettas are found in places with a temperature between 75-82 degrees. Therefore, when you get a pet betta, it is crucial that you keep the temperature (from minimum to maximum) 75-85 degrees to keep them comfortable in their environment.

2. Healthy bettas are very interactive.

When most people think of teaching a pet tricks, they will likely think of, let’s face it, a dog. While you might not be able to touch your betta as you would a mammal companion, you can still teach them tricks and play with them. Bettas are highly intelligent, therefore, similarly to a goldfish, you can teach them how to swim through hoops, jump to fetch their food from your fingers, and push a ball–either moss or ping-pong–across the top of the tank. When you put the time and love in, bettas can be super interactive, sweet, and loving pets!

3. There is a such thing as overfeeding.

Some bettas have stomachs that are smaller than their eyes, which, if you aren’t aware, are super tiny. This means that while you can feed them anywhere between twice a day to once every other day, you must do so with caution, as bettas can be overfed. This is why some betta owners let their fish fast once a week.

Still, keep in mind that you shouldn’t leave your betta at home or not feed your fish for more than 3 days, and if you ever do this, don’t do so often. While we as fish owners should avoid overfeeding, healthy and happy fish still need to be fed at least 6 days a week.

4. Many fish eat insects.

Bettas are actually known to eat insects, larvae and even other smaller fish, in their natural habitats. While most people tend to feed their betta pellets made from insects, it is a good idea to feed your betta live food such as blood worms or brine shrimp a couple times a week. Keep in mind that this is not required, but rather a couple alternatives if your betta doesn’t like pellets or flakes and/or you want to add a little more variety into his or her diet.

5. Aquarium plants (whether real or synthetic) serve for great places to sleep.

Personally, I see my betta sleeping next to or on top of the plastic plants in his tank quite often. To be honest, it’s probably one of the spots in his 3 gallon aquarium that he loves the most and spends the most time in. Many bettas sleep at night and periodically during the day, so don’t be surprised if you see your betta snoozing on some of the tank plants. 

Bettas can sleep in many different ways–some of which may look uncomfortable or strange–but this is a completely a normal behavior. So don’t panic if you see your betta being still or motionless for some periods of time. They’re likely just taking a nap. Just like we need our sleep, healthy bettas take naps and need their rest to remain happy and healthy. As long as you see their little gills moving at a steady pace, their is nothing to worry about.

6. Bettas get to know you through feeding times and frequent interaction.

Here’s me interacting with my fish baby, Peace. He loves to check out my fingers when I gently place my hand on his tank.

Believe it or not, bettas can grow to love their owners, and healthy betta fish should commonly swim up to the tank to see you and interact with you when you pass by. Most fish associate their owners with playtime, feeding time, as well as simple companionship and a source of love. Therefore, make sure that you give your betta attention throughout the day, give them plenty of things in their tank to interact with (without over-doing it or adding decor with ragged edges), and you will likely feel the connection between you and your fish grow.

7. Bettas can beg (even when they’re not hungry).

Okay, so Peace is a really awesome fish (if you can’t already tell) but he, as well as many other fish, are probably more similar to dogs than you might think. How, exactly? Well…they beg. You see, my betta will commonly stay at the top of the tank just before or after feeding time, which is two times daily. Considering that we feed him quite a decent amount, it is obviously that he isn’t hungry, but instead he just loves to eat.

So, if you see your betta begging, don’t get sucked in by their adorableness. In the wild, bettas will eat as much as they can, as they aren’t sure when their next meal will be. Similarly, healthy domesticated bettas will eat as much as you feed them, and may even ask for more, whether they are hungry or not. I know. It’s pretty crazy and hilarious at the same time.


I hope that these fun facts were very interesting and informative for you all. It was super fun to talk about bettas, which are honestly better pets then they might seem. 

Question of the Day: Do you have any pet(s)? Is there anything that you’ve learned after you got your pet(s)? Also, which fact in this post surprised you, if any? Please comment down below.

Have a beautiful and blessed day, everyone! Peace in! ✨

Happy National Pet Day + more pictures of Peace 💖

The only pets that I’ve ever had in my life are betta fish. The first one was Easter, a female who was pink and orange with a quirky personality. Then Joyus came along–he was extremely spunky, stubborn, but loveable. He was a mix of shades of blue. And then came Peace, who I’ve had for about a month and a half now. P.S. the photo above is the first day that we brought him home.

April 11th is National Pet Day, and despite the fact that I didn’t figure that out until today, I still wanted to post something to celebrate. Besides, pets should be celebrated every day. They’re important members of our families and live in our hearts while (and even after) we get to love and enjoy them each day of their lives.

Although fish are some of the smallest pets that you can buy, and you can’t physically cuddle them like you could a cat or a dog, they are still amazing companions. Peace brings so much joy to our family with his bubbly spirit and love for food LOL. He isn’t afraid to check out new things because of his curious personality. We thank God for him every day.

While I sit at my desk to do my schoolwork or simply watch TV on the couch, it always puts a grin on my face to see Peace zipping along his tank as if there’s no tomorrow. Even when he’s asleep, his colors remain vibrant and reflecting of his personality.

Each day is an opportunity to learn something new about him. For example, Peace is a really fast learner–we feed him on top of this large leaf hammock that attaches to the side of the tank close to the surface of the water. And we were able to train him in no time!

Although we as pet owners cherish our pets all the time, days like this (and National Pet Week, which is in the first week of May) are here to appreciate them and the light that they bring to our families just a little more. So don’t forget to give your pet some extra love, sometimes~trust me, they’ll appreciate it!

So, do you have any pets? If so, which of their personality traits do you like the most? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

Have a beautiful and blessed day, everybody! Bye for now! 💖

ABC, All About Me Tag | 75 follower special 🎉

What’s up, peeps! Guess what, y’all–we have officially reached 75 followers–76 including email! YAYYYYY! Before I say anything else, I want to give a huge thank you to you all. It has been less than a year (only 7 months and 2 weeks) since I’ve started The Joys and Trials of a Christian Teen, and we’ve already hit 76. I thank God for continued growth and support from my family and you all. <33

I remember that I said that I would do a special after we hit 75 followers, and so here I am. Posts that are more personalized and allow you all to get to know me better are some of my favorites. Therefore, today I’m going to do a tag called ABCs All About Me where I use each letter of the alphabet to tell you a little more about myself.

I found this idea on someone else’s blog, and I thought it was really great! I ended up changing a few of the tags to make it a little more original, so I hope you all enjoy it! <33

A – Favorite animals

Dogs, swans, dolphins, elephants, and flamingos.

B – Best facial feature — in my opinion

I would say my smile and my eyes.

C – Largest collection

I have a lot of collections, but the largest ones would probably be books–at least 150. What can I say? I love to read.

D – Dessert that I love

Cheesecake is my all-time favorite dessert. I want to have it at my wedding, in the future LOL.

E – Most preferred form of entertainment (books, movies, tv shows, video games, etc.)

It’s a tie between books and video games. But I really love tv shows and movies, too.

F – Favorite soul food

If you are unfamiliar with soul food, it is a type of cuisine that is traditionally prepared by families in the rural south. It’s eaten by people all across the country. My personal favorites are fried chicken, mac and cheese, and cornbread.

G – Greatest decision

The greatest decision of mine is the choice to follow Jesus and become saved.

H – My height

Although I don’t know my exact height, I am approximately around 5’1-5’3. I’ve always been one of the tallest kids in my class.

I – In love with

Reading–there’s nothing like the wonders of a good book.

J – My dream job

An award-winning, published author and business owner.

K – What most people don’t know about me

I accepted Jesus as my savior at the age of 4 in a Sam’s parking lot.

L – The languages I can speak

It’s probably obvious by now that I can speak fluent English LOL. I’ve also been in a Spanish class in Preschool and then again in 6th and 7th grade (Beginner and Intermediate.) My grandfather is Spanish. I’m definitely not an expert, but I’m not necessarily a beginner either. I can also do a little American Sign Language. One of my cousins is in the deaf community, so that really made me want to learn–yay for progress!<33

M – Favorite music genres

I actually have several; number 1 is gospel, then following that would be classical, pop, and jazz. I’m a music lover in general, so I also enjoy music from other cultures, too. I couldn’t image a world without music.

N – Real name

Although I am known as ajoyfulChristianteen or Princess Q on my blog, my real name is Q’Zion.

O – Unpopular opinion

I think vegetables do taste good–most people just don’t season them enough.

P – Personality

I am very godly, intelligent, quiet (but more outspoken once you get to know me), a perfectionist, funny, sometimes serious, artistic, an optimist-realist, responsible, and unique. Laughter is one of my favorite qualities–I’m that one friend who’s not afraid to laugh with you when you do something funny. And maybe laugh at you too, LOL.

Q – Quote I live by

Psalm 27:1 ~ The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?

R – Largest relationship priority (family, friends, etc.)

Honesty. I don’t think that any relationship can be a healthy one unless both people are honest with each other. It’s one of my most predominant values and parts of my personality.

S – Number of siblings

I have 2 siblings–a little brother and sister. As a little extra fun fact, I’m also the oldest in my generation with 6 younger cousins.

T – Favorite television series

To be honest, this varies according to the type of series.

Cooking/baking shows: Cake and Cupcake Wars, Beat Bobby Flay, MasterChef

Animated shows: The Owl House, Amphibia, Big City Greens, LEGO Friends: Girls on a Mission, SpongeBob SquarePants, Miraculous Ladybug

Live-action series: That’s so Raven, Good Luck Charlie, Sam & Cat, Alice (a sitcom from the 70s that Goodmommy watched as a kid. I watched it and immediately fell in love with the show.)

U – Unique quality

Considering that I already know what I want to do as far as my career goes (writer, entrepreneur, after college), I would say that makes me unique. At my age, most teenagers are contemplating what they want to do after school, but I already have a plan for what I want to do with my career.

V – Dream vacation location

I think it would be super cool to go to Hawaii, France, and/or Africa, one day!

W – Worst habit

I honestly don’t have a lot of bad habits, at all–definitely not any of the ones that are harmful for my health. However, one of them would be biting my nails. At one point, I had stopped doing so when I frequently got my nails painted, but now, I prefer to keep them polish-less unless its for a special occasion. That probably has something to do with it LOL. Goodmommy is very supportive in always helping me to make progress towards breaking the habit. I thank God for her.

X – X-rays I’ve had

None. I’ve never broken any bones, before. I guess you could count the x-rays that you get at the dentist’s office, though. In that case, probably about two. P.S. I’ve never had a cavity in my life.

Y – Your comfort movies
Comfort movies are basically feel-good movies that you like to revisit over and over–a favorite movie that makes you feel better when you need a little cheering up. Some of my comfort movies are Overcomer, Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, and the Secret Life of Pets.

Z – Zany memory

One of my zaniest memories was the day my last betta fish before Peace, Joyus, jumped out of his tank during a water change. It’s definitely not a secret, since I’ve written about it before, but it’s definitely a memory that I won’t ever forget.


Giving you all some more “background information” on myself, my interests, and my personality was a lot of fun, and I really hope you enjoyed this post to celebrate this awesome new milestone on my blog.

It truly is a blessing to be able to have this creative outlet to spread the Good Word and every day positivity to you all, and I truly am thankful for this opportunity to spread the love of God.

Have a beautiful and blessed day, everyone! Peace in! 🎉

We redid Peace’s tank..and he loves it! | Betta fish tank decor

Happy Happy Tuesday, everyone! I hope you all are doing fantastic! ✨

So, as you know, I got my new Betta fish, Peace. He’s doing absolutely amazing, and I wanted to give you guys another update on him. If you’ve been reading my most-recent content, you probably saw our set up for Peace’s fish tank. While the castle was a very beautiful addition, we wanted to switch things up for Peace and buy him some new decor.

And, you probably guessed by now that it looks absolutely stunning! Well…I’ll just let you guys see for yourselves.

This morning, Goodmommy went to Petco to get this really cool realistic, rocky background to tape to the back of the tank, this cool pink and green glow-in-the-dark synthetic plant and a new house with Archangles (from the Bible) carved on the outside. As soon as we added all the ne decorations, Peace immediately started to check everything out. He’s so inquisitive and always wants to know what is going on.

I was somewhat surprised to see how quickly he went inside his new house, though I’m glad that he seems more energetic then ever. He already has a few favorite spots.

He was so excited that he didn’t even notice his food that we put in his tank. Thankfully, we were able to feed him after he explored everything and calmed down a bit.

Fun fact: Bettas love food, and Peace is no exception. He literally swam to the very top of the tank once we opened the lid to feed him his pellets.

It was super heartwarming to see Peace’s response to his tank. Honestly, we do spend quite a bit on him, both in time and money, but it’s all worth it. He really is such a sweetheart and I thank God for placing him into our lives. It makes me happy to see Peace happy and healthy.

And no—Peace is not spoiled.

He’s loved. ❤️🐠💙

Just two gals, running some errands | Go Out With Me

Hey, everyone! I hope that you are all having an amazing weekend, so far. On yesterday’s post, I talked about some of the things that I like to bring when I go out in public. While I explained that I’m a homebody, and I don’t like to leave the house often, we decided that today would be a great girls’ day out. We took LOTS of photos on our little drive around, both out and indoors. I’m super excited to show y’all what we did. <33

You all already know that selfies are my thing, so I had to take lots of them! I even took a few before we left, but they turned out a little blurry, so I decided to include this one, instead. I must admit that the natural light was popping today, which is always the best weather for picture perfect photos. Of course, photoshoots are always necessary!
And of course, we had to bring some Gatorade with us since we knew we would be out for a few hours. Cherry is not me or Goodmommy’s favorite flavor, but it did us justice.
Before we went to a craft store and Petco to get Peace some more supplies, we went to get me a milkshake. I remember we used to get milkshakes from this particular restaurant all the time. Although we don’t go as often anymore, I’m glad that we are able to stop by once and a while. Plus, it makes for a great day of bonding.

Although I paid for it with my allowance (Goodmommy didn’t get one for herself, today) I thank God that Goodmommy was super kind to take me. Strawberry is my absolute favorite flavor! Though, I will admit that the chocolate shakes are a close second. As soon as my Goodmommy offered to take me to get a sweet treat, I didn’t hesitate to agree.

On our way to the craft store, we took a bit of a drive around town. We were able to take a lot of beautiful pictures, one including this one of two cows eating some grass on a large field. I don’t know if it was me or Goodmommy who took this pic, in particular, since I asked her to take some closer shots from the driver’s seat. It honestly doesn’t matter though; this shot is absolutely perfect, in my opinion.

I don’t know what it is, but for me, it’s absolutely the chef’s kiss. Feel free to comment your rating of the photograph from a 1-10. Thanks, you guys! ✨

Although we originally went to Michaels to pick up an online order, we couldn’t help ourselves: we had to take a look around! During our browsing, we were able to get a glimpse of these adorable letter tabletop decorations in different pastel colors.

At first, I was tempted to get all the letters of my name: Q’Zion. But considering that they were 8.99 a piece (5.00 if you considered the 40% off discount), I decided to only get my first initial, Q, in the pretty purple. Still, I’m very happy with it and I’ll be sure to put it in my room before I go to bed.

Finally, we stopped at Petco to get our betta fish, Peace, some new equipment for his tank. Today, we got him a leaf bed to put towards the top of the tank to give him another space to sleep comfortably. I think it looks great and although he hasn’t completely laid inside his leaf yet, he has hovered over it and observed it, so I’m glad that we made the extra purchase.

We’ve also got him a heater, a thermometer (which he has a hilarious OBSESSION with,) some strips to test the water pH, and we made a net out of stockings to cover the filter. It’s super exciting to be able to get to know Peace more. He is very observant, and he loves to swim up to us when we are near. He is definitely more introverted (he looks before he leaps and explores different parts of the tank) and his personality is super mellow, calm, and peaceful, which is a big part of why we named him Peace. His bright colors are beautiful to look at and match the entire tank super beautifully!

So, as you can see, we did a lot today. I’m honestly super glad we did; anytime with Goodmommy is a great time (and I know she feels just the same way<33.) I hope you guys enjoyed going out with me and seeing what we did, where we went, and what we bought on this girls’ day out.

God bless you all and I’ll see you later! ✨