The Case of the Disappearing Bettas

Last December, Deb and Cory put together an amazing Christmas party for the Z2 staff at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Held in the famous space designed by Calatrava, the event was breathtaking (as evidenced below). There was live music, a private dining table in the center of the space, dramatic lighting, iPads as a take-home (!) and even living centerpieces on the cocktail tables—glass bowls containing colorful betta fish.

After the event, the bettas were taken to our office in Pewaukee. All of the fish were claimed by staffers and moved into their respective new offices. We lost one early on. And on a few occasions, a couple people’s fish had leapt from their bowls and onto a desk or chair. All but one survived the leaping incidents. Aside from those instances, the remaining Z2 bettas were doing pretty well. But here’s where things start to get—one could say—fishy.

One recent Monday morning, we came into the office to find two fish bowls completely devoid of fish. Assuming the fish had attempted to leap to freedom, their owners scoured the tables and floors around the bowls and came up with nothing. They had disappeared. We even called the cleaning company to see if they had any leads on the whereabouts of the bettas. Nada.


Next, we did what anyone would do. We Googled it. Turns out “disappearing betta fish” is a popular topic out there on the Internet. (Although, there still aren’t a whole lot of good explanations.) Now we are down to two fish, from six total.

We’re looking for answers. What do you think could have happened to our cherished Christmas bettas?

July 1, 2011 · Posted by in misc  


3 Responses to “The Case of the Disappearing Bettas”

  1. Tyler on July 11th, 2011 10:55 am

    Paranormal activity in the office…

  2. Adam on February 1st, 2012 2:09 am

    I have no idea what happened but if you find out please let me know. I have a Betta named Nemo that today I fed her and lefted for work when I got home she was gone. It felt kind of like my ex wife…the only thing is now my two and four year old are going to be heart broken. Today is Tuesday and I have to find a replacement before Thursday and they come over.

  3. April on February 1st, 2012 12:25 pm

    Sorry to hear that, Adam. We’ve replaced our fish here, as well. You should have a pretty easy time finding look-a-likes at your local pet store. Maybe you could also ask the pet store if they have any theories on what might have happened?