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  1. Copepod under microscope!

    I brought a sample of my betta aquarium water in to the lab today just to see what I could find. Thought this was pretty neat! A little copepod. Took a bit of Protoslo to slow him down. Hope you guys enjoy!
  2. A little video I made.

    To help with the stress of this holiday season
  3. My New Betta

    Wow! He's beautiful! Awesome find.
  4. Looking 'betta' already :)

    Thanks, guys!
  5. My little fella's fins are growing back in nicely... and he's in a good mood!
  6. Your goldies are beautiful! And I'm loving your username.
  7. Emergency!

    Just chiming in here because I thought this was a weird coincidence. Do you think this has anything to do with it? https://weather.com/news/news/mosaic-sinkhole-florida-wastewater-contaminated-plant-fertilizer
  8. Self-harming Betta :(

    The acrylic sheet idea is pretty neat! My living situation is temporary (I went back to school), so I'm hoping this all passes at some point. He did just fine all weekend alone with the lights off! I did leave a little LED nightlight on for him so it wasn't pitch dark. No signs of additional nipping, either. Just wanted to mention that this is the first instance of nipping that I've seen with him. It was very surprising seeing him react so much when I did the light 'experiment' - I've never seen him even flare up prior to that. Today was water change day and he seems to be healing up nicely. We'll be back to half-moon status in no time!
  9. Self-harming Betta :(

    Hi all, I'm so upset! I moved recently into a basement apartment, my beautiful Betta did quite well with the move (my plants, not so much...) despite how worried I was about the whole process. Everything was going well, until I left him for a weekend alone. The apartment is quite dark and doesn't get a whole lot of natural lighting. I left his light timer on as usual.. however, since I was gone the ambient room light was off the whole time and I'm thinking his reflection was super visible with the aquarium lights on, thus stressing him out, and he started self-harming his tail. The top half of his tail fin was shredded and there was a giant bubble nest. He's always been a relatively calm fish, I've never seen him flare his gills until after moving. I did a little experiment and turned the room lights on and off just to see his reaction. Every time I turned them off, he went crazy - flaring and darting around. I haven't seen him nip, but judging on the location of the shreds, it looks very much like it. Problem is, I am leaving again this weekend. I'm wondering if I should just turn all his lights off for the two days I am gone? I know this won't bother the fish, I don't want him to get stressed to the point he starts nipping again. It looks like he's starting to heal. However, I do have live plants and worry about them just as much. I have some anubias, crypts, scarlet temple, some moneywort plants (that are struggling), as well as pothos that are rooted in and overhang the aquarium. I've considered replacing the lighting on the aquarium, too since they are relatively bright LEDs but the funds are just non-existent at the moment.
  10. My Planted Red Eared Slider Aquarium

    Cleanest turtle aquarium I've ever seen! Great job.
  11. Unboxing Video of my Dandy Oranda Kirin Tele

    Dolly is beautiful!!!! Congrats Good luck with the QT.
  12. Breeding Bettas

    This is invaluable information, thank you SO much for this! ...And that single-handedly changed my mind about the whole thing. He's a very sweet Betta, I bet he'd be toast the moment I looked away.
  13. Breeding Bettas

    Has anyone had any luck breeding Bettas? I am completely smitten with my boy, and knowing their short lifespans I am itching to produce an endless supply of him. (I'm odd, yea...). I'm not sure how old he was when I bought him in November. If I could clone him, I would a million times!!!! I've been passively looking for a silver female, preferably a Halfmoon. I would love to hear from more experienced keepers in terms of difficulty, feeding, maintenance, etc. of fry and how much time and space this would take.
  14. One thing about the D&D form

    Was I the only one that thought "Dungeons & Dragons" from the title?
  15. A dream fish came in to work....

    I'm going for it anyway - the learning curve has gotta start somewhere. Could the Prime have done something? I will retest first thing in the morning and do my first water change. We're getting settled I'm also thinking female.