Yifat Fishman Illustrations & Thoughts

Betta fish

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My sweet betta fish swimming gracefully in his 3 gallon tank is very entertaining. He has three tetra fish as companions but they turned out to be quite aggressive toward each other. Apparently you can’t keep a small school of tetras in a 3 gallon tank, as they attack one another. If you don’t know fish, what they would do is nudge and chase each other, making everybody’s tiny lives a total misery. I started out with four, ending with two. Then got nine more, thinking that having more company will ease their anxieties,  but ended up with these three brave survivors (or big bullies).
Such huge drama from a small fish…

Anyway, I meant to write about my betta, who while all that was taking place, minded his own business and got himself acquainted with all the soft hiding spots in his little domain. He even has a nice hammock to hang out close to the water surface and blow some air bubbles if he so chooses.

Here is a picture of him swimming next to one of his Marimo balls.

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Of course when I sat down for my daily sketch work he provided inspiration for this illustration, which as art goes ended up with colors quite different than the original subject of the picture. Let’s just say that mister Fish was the MUSE of this piece. And that’s a big thing for this little guy.

Here’s the illustration (note the tetras in the background):

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