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Name my new fish!

I just got a Blue Beta fish and I'm looking for a funny/crazy name. Any & all suggestions welcome. Thanks!
posted by tdreyer1 to Pets & Animals (87 answers total)
 
Wanda
posted by hortense at 10:40 PM on December 10, 2006


Puppy. Or Fido.
posted by MadamM at 10:43 PM on December 10, 2006


Ahem, I believe this should have been prefaced by an "AquariumFilter" notice.

I'll be here all night.
posted by jourman2 at 10:47 PM on December 10, 2006


Tester
posted by Pollomacho at 10:48 PM on December 10, 2006


Alpha
Vicious (Fishus!)
Rayleigh
Cerulean
Clementine
Jesus
Spot (if he has stripes)
Stripe (if he's spotty)
posted by nelleish at 10:49 PM on December 10, 2006


Sushi
posted by FelliniBlank at 10:51 PM on December 10, 2006


Max. Then you can call him Beta Max.
I'm easily amused.
posted by killjoy at 10:53 PM on December 10, 2006


Catfish.
posted by artdrectr at 10:55 PM on December 10, 2006


I always name pets the sort of slightly formal, old-fashioned names a child would loathe you for naming it. So maybe Oscar, Nelson, Edmund, or Jackson if it seems like a manly sort of beta or Tallulah, Edwina, Penelope, or Winifred if it seems like a lady fish.
posted by mostlymartha at 10:57 PM on December 10, 2006


Rupert Pupkin?
posted by JPowers at 11:03 PM on December 10, 2006


Rocky Balbeta
posted by matkline at 11:08 PM on December 10, 2006


You could give him/her a sexy, exotic name (depending on your sexual preference) so that when people ask you what you are doing you can say, "oh, I'm just having a nice meal here with Natasha." or "Arturo and I were just settling down to watch a movie."
posted by Pollomacho at 11:13 PM on December 10, 2006


We had a betta in a bowl on a table that our cat also liked to climb on. We named him Saturday, because we bought him on a Saturday, and figured that the cat would eat him within the week.

He lived for three years. Though the cat did occasionally drink from his bowl, she never figured out that he was tasty.
posted by toxic at 11:14 PM on December 10, 2006


Mr. Manitoba Tutbutters. That's long for Tobatut.

2nd runners up include:

Wally
Aleister
Naught
KlownKilller
ErrorInJudgement
Ringwald
posted by SinisterPurpose at 11:18 PM on December 10, 2006


Alpha? Omega? Gamma? Something else greek?
posted by spaceman_spiff at 11:21 PM on December 10, 2006


I always name my beta fish after great warriors.
posted by cali at 11:23 PM on December 10, 2006


come on! we need a picture to name him/her!
posted by krautland at 11:23 PM on December 10, 2006


Mandarin, Sasquatch, Juniper, Ouzo, Luther Vandross, Messiah, Olivier, Nat, Couguar, Gwynneth, Winifred, Rudy, Gimlet (had a mouse named that), Santini, Crackerjack, Sandy, Delilah, Brotherman, Mrs. Gorton, Chilifries, Biscuit, Gandalf, Tilda, Omri, Fantasia, Boogie, X, W, Fishbot 7.1, Symmetry, Flossie

is a short list of good names for fishes.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 11:24 PM on December 10, 2006


Crunchy
Tasty
Mildred
Big Blue
Edgar
Etienne the Fish
Frank
Biff
Joey
posted by Meatbomb at 11:26 PM on December 10, 2006


Cosmo
posted by dhammond at 11:27 PM on December 10, 2006


Call him Fido. Or Tiddles.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 11:30 PM on December 10, 2006


Arthur Curry? Namor? Wait, is it a dude or lady fish? Namorita? Amphitrite? How about any list of characters that appear in the Kip Adotta song " Wet Dream (The Fish Song) (Cruising through the Gulf Stream)?" Gil, Tommy Dorsal, Marlin?

Maybe "Biggah"? So you can say, "Yea, this is my Biggah, Betta fish." I guess that would work better if you had a smaller fish previously...
posted by kkokkodalk at 11:37 PM on December 10, 2006


Emilio (Kill Bill reference).
posted by rossination at 11:42 PM on December 10, 2006


Wow — those are some beautiful, seriously blue fishies. So:
Sy Ann
Sir Rulean
M. I. Blue
Bill. Bill Sapphire
Bertha. Bertha D. Blues
posted by rob511 at 12:09 AM on December 11, 2006


Starkist
posted by empyrean at 12:12 AM on December 11, 2006


Earl
Leroy
Orville
Charles
posted by click at 12:16 AM on December 11, 2006


Maybe I'm boring, but I've always fantasized about getting a dog and naming him 'Dog' (affectionately, 'Doggie').

So how about Fish (Fishie) ?

Yeah, didn't think so.
posted by pants tent at 12:37 AM on December 11, 2006


After seeing that picture, a name INSTANTLY popped into my mind, that of a film I have never actually seen, and haven't thought of the name for many years, either.

Turns out that Priscilla
is perfectly appropriate, though.

A funny thing, memory.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 12:41 AM on December 11, 2006


A "beta" fish, you say?
posted by Spike at 1:04 AM on December 11, 2006


bob
posted by growabrain at 1:07 AM on December 11, 2006


My betta is named Kerhonksamarkonson.
posted by exlotuseater at 1:34 AM on December 11, 2006


bubble puppy, also a great band.
posted by ouke at 1:38 AM on December 11, 2006


oh, but one has to pronounce it with an unvoiced alveolar labial fricative. kerhonKCHAmarkonSCHIN.

Like you have tape on your glasses and spitty dental problems.
posted by exlotuseater at 1:40 AM on December 11, 2006


uh, lateral fricative. Labial is puh and buh.
posted by exlotuseater at 1:41 AM on December 11, 2006


this is what they call fish on the big island
posted by growabrain at 1:41 AM on December 11, 2006


It's a good thing this thread will be preserved for anyone searching the tags "blue" or "crazy". A valuable resource to cherish and pass down to askmetafilterians throughout time.

Name your fish something that will sound poignant when you scoop him out of the tank in three weeks.

/bitter about countless dead fish homies.
posted by The God Complex at 1:45 AM on December 11, 2006


Blofeld or Barbarella.
posted by misteraitch at 1:58 AM on December 11, 2006


FYI, if your betta has a pretty, flamboyant "tail" fin, he's a him. The females aren't nearly as dramatic, with kinda stubby, round fins.

With that in mind, how about Ru? Divine?

Just, please not "Jaws".

I've taught several bettas to jump up and eat their food off of my index finger. Their jump is startlingly fast, but their "bite" is more like suction.
posted by nadise at 2:29 AM on December 11, 2006


Phish.
posted by krisjohn at 2:32 AM on December 11, 2006


my wet pet , if the fish is happy call him larry ,
posted by baker dave at 3:05 AM on December 11, 2006


Onefish.
posted by Malor at 3:12 AM on December 11, 2006


Emo.
posted by kindall at 3:21 AM on December 11, 2006


Eric.

Have you got a fish licence?
posted by flabdablet at 4:03 AM on December 11, 2006


Gupta
posted by thirteenkiller at 4:25 AM on December 11, 2006


When I was 7, I won 2 goldfish at a fair. They were the first pets that I had ever owned, so I took great care in naming them.

I dubbed them Hojo and Jammonit. I called then HoJam collectively.

I still think they were awesome names, and would recommend them to any fish owner.
posted by zerokey at 4:27 AM on December 11, 2006


I name all my fish St. John, but pronounced 'Sijin' like my high school English teacher used to say it.
posted by emmling at 4:40 AM on December 11, 2006


Sid Fishous
posted by Constant Reader at 5:07 AM on December 11, 2006


Blastron. Short, of course, for Experimental Prototype Cyberfish Blastron Alpha.
posted by Faint of Butt at 5:07 AM on December 11, 2006


Quonsar
posted by Joseph Gurl at 5:26 AM on December 11, 2006


Brutus
posted by PenDevil at 5:30 AM on December 11, 2006


Klaus (from Family Guy)
posted by camworld at 5:34 AM on December 11, 2006


Gil
posted by plinth at 5:43 AM on December 11, 2006


Mr. "The Brain"

ala Pinky and the Brain
posted by imjosh at 6:04 AM on December 11, 2006


Darwin.
posted by rokusan at 6:05 AM on December 11, 2006


Gefilte.
Triton.
Bluefish.
posted by Dasein at 6:12 AM on December 11, 2006


Cod.
posted by ewkpates at 6:21 AM on December 11, 2006


Muggsy.
It must be Muggsy.
posted by Dr. Wu at 6:22 AM on December 11, 2006


VHS
posted by emelenjr at 6:27 AM on December 11, 2006


Estelle Getty.
posted by hermitosis at 6:29 AM on December 11, 2006 [1 favorite]


George Herbert Walker Bush Fish
posted by JohnnyGunn at 6:31 AM on December 11, 2006 [1 favorite]


Abraham.
posted by jrossi4r at 6:33 AM on December 11, 2006


Micro.
posted by cerebus19 at 6:40 AM on December 11, 2006


I have been saving Mr. Fancypants and TFU (which stands for: The Fuckest Uppest) for when I get fish, but feel free to steal.
posted by nuclear_soup at 6:51 AM on December 11, 2006


Chompers.
posted by matty at 6:54 AM on December 11, 2006 [1 favorite]


Mr. BB

BlueTor

B.F. Inwater
posted by dbiedny at 6:56 AM on December 11, 2006


Seamonkey
posted by evilelvis at 7:12 AM on December 11, 2006


Justice
posted by SampleSize at 7:20 AM on December 11, 2006


When I was little, I named my fish Friday, because you're supposed to eat fish on Fridays.
So maybe Friday?
posted by friendlyfire at 7:24 AM on December 11, 2006


New friends are usually quite amused to learn that my goldfish's name is Tim. I guess it's a surprisingly non-fishy name, but I never would have predicted that people would like it so much.
posted by vytae at 7:38 AM on December 11, 2006


MetaFish

Pepsi Blue

Blue 0.9.1
posted by matteo at 7:41 AM on December 11, 2006


Mighty Zeus
posted by Monkey0nCrack at 7:59 AM on December 11, 2006


rar! (exclamation point is important)
posted by zerokey at 8:18 AM on December 11, 2006


superman
batman
or, best of all..
Aquaman.

You can steal my old fish's name (RIP):
P-?
You start with the letter P, pronouncing it phonetically and then ending it however you'd like.
For example, he could be P-ierce, P-body, P-eace, P-nus :x Whatever you'd like to call him at that moment.
It's very (faux-)artsy.
posted by carpyful at 8:49 AM on December 11, 2006


I named my blue betta Admiral Nimitz.
posted by chickaboo at 8:57 AM on December 11, 2006


Sweeny McCheesegrabber.
posted by po at 9:17 AM on December 11, 2006


From the guidelines:

- Please avoid "help me name my kitten/computer/website" and "help me make a mix CD" questions.
posted by madman at 10:54 AM on December 11, 2006


Nosferatu!
posted by exceptinsects at 11:29 AM on December 11, 2006


My beta's name is Sparky.
posted by ch3ch2oh at 11:57 AM on December 11, 2006


Inky? (after the ghost in Pac Man)
Blinky? (after the 3-eyed fish in "The Simpsons")
Steve? (because it's a funny name for a pet)
posted by parilous at 12:32 PM on December 11, 2006


Forgot to add: I had a tank with two bettas. I named the red one "pink" and blue one "floyd".
posted by parilous at 12:33 PM on December 11, 2006


tdreyer1 what do u think of the names best fisheeeeeesss
posted by baker dave at 1:00 PM on December 11, 2006


We named our first blue betta "Bloo". We named the most recent one "Moody Bloo." I blame the first name on the oldest daughter, the second on my husband.
posted by susanbeeswax at 2:36 PM on December 11, 2006


Howard. He'll be a most upstanding fish, to be sure.
posted by metasav at 3:21 PM on December 11, 2006


I had a fish at work for about a week and I named him Osama Bin Swimmin. I thought it was funny. Not that many other people did though.
posted by fidgets at 3:59 PM on December 11, 2006


Blue Peta
posted by janecr at 4:13 PM on December 11, 2006


Nemo Whale Shark is what my daughter named our beta.
posted by lairc at 9:28 PM on December 12, 2006 [1 favorite]


@ madman- thanks for the input, but...
1) It is not helpful to the discussion,
2) Some of my favorite posts are the "name my ___" ones,

@everyone else
Ok. Sorry, but one of my friends got the winner. I'm naming it "What Fish?" for a kind of "who's on first" feel. Thanks and love the answers!
posted by tdreyer1 at 3:38 PM on December 15, 2006


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