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  1. Hey y'all! Been awhile but I had a question I couldn't find an answer to. First off want to update on the Goldies. Ru, Hiro, and ChuChu are doing fabulous! I've recently added a lot more Java fern and even split my anubias into two plants! All is going great! But my question pertains to my new betta tank I set up today (seeded from the goldfish filter media), I found a t-8 fixture for real inexpensive at Walmart and bought it. I got a GE 9265k 15w freshwater/saltwater t-8 bulb and I was wondering if it would grow my low light plants? Or if it's too much? I know t-5 are better from research I've done but I already have this t-8 bulb/ballast. Any suggestions/tips would be awesome! Thanks! (Wasn't sure if I should post here or in betta forum so I came here since it was pertaining to lights). Hope everyone is doing great in the new year! -chris
  2. So my best friend is an absolute peach pie, and truly loves all the animals she keeps and tries to do right by them. Unfortunately, due to common misconceptions, her betta sits in an unfiltered, unheated bowl in the center of her table. She changes his water every few days, maybe as long as a week. The bowl is filled 1/4 of the way with large, smooth river rocks, and has one live plant dead center. She over feeds him as well. Now the thing is, her cats, birds, and 20+ other fish are living in pretty sweet digs. She goes out of her way to provide them the best, most enriching lives possible. It's just this poor little betta. Every time I go over there I take a moment to see if he's even alive. He just kind of drifts, fins all limp and straggly. I want to say something, but I don't want to go about it the wrong way and make her feel as if I'm attacking or accusing her. Idk if she really even has room for a bigger tank at this point anyways, but her family is making plans to move to a larger property within the year. Should I say something? Is it even my place? If so, how? I don't own bettas, so I can't point to mine for reference. Should I show her a video of a happy betta in a proper setup, let her see the difference? We often like to wander the aisles in Petco together, maybe linger by the bettas and comment on how sad it is that they keep them so poorly, and launch into a brief rundown on filters, heaters, and gallonage? Any advice would be most appreciated, fellow fish-nuts!
  3. No I am not asking historically which species of fish man first pulled from its natural habitat and put into containers of water/man made ponds. I'm asking which you as a both betta and gold fish owner bought first. Did you start on bettas then get into goldfish? Or the other way around? Which do you have more of (fish count and tanks)? For me it was bettas first then goldfish. I have a lot of planted betta tanks -9 actually, 1 is my husband's betta. I have to stay out of petstores to resist buying more bettas (so many lovelies!) and turning my stored/qt tanks into active planted betta tanks. I enjoy the 2 goldfish I have and they enjoy their 1 40g breeder tank (really love hand feeding and handling them-can do the same with some of my bettas but have to be so much more delicate with the smaller fish), but I don't see myself getting more goldfish/goldfish tanks... unless I can get my hands on a 6 foot long tank for a good price... but around here those cost a bloody arm 'n a leg.
  4. Hi, I wanted to get some opinions on having a betta in an office that doesn't have any windows. Is it okay or not a good idea? My initial thought is not having natural light is not ideal. Any thoughts are appreciated, thanks.
  5. Hey guys, Some of you may remember I had a few guppies in a 5 gallon. That has been empty for some time and after a spring clean of the games room I want to re stock it and I'm pretty set on a male betta. So far it has a silk plant as I read they like sleeping on strong leaves An ornament for hiding A heater set on 26 degrees Celsius And I've stuffed the filter full of media as it is quite a strong current for a small tank and I know betta's don't like that. I will also be adding live plants and I am currently cycling it.
  6. Aluyasha

    Back Into Fish

    I haven't been on here in a good while. Almost two years ago we had to move in with family and I got pregnant with my son. It was so cramped that I had to part with all my fish. When we were able to get our own place finally I was pregnant with my second child, my daughter, and things were so chaotic I didn't even really think about getting fish. Well in October my mother moved in with us and she brought her 10 gallon with. Needless to say I ended up putting a betta in there, a DTHM named Ruger, he has recently passed away and right away I missed caring for a fish so yesterday I bought this little guy, A Delta tail named Weatherby. There is still alot going on with five people, five cats, and now my tank, though I am glad I was able to get back into fish keeping, I missed it.
  7. I know what I did wrong, how do I fix it? I bought a pretty brown gravel from WalMart when I was buying my betta's their new 5g tanks on Friday, it has definitely screwed up my pH/kH/gH in both of the tanks that I put it in. Using my API master test kit. My last WC was Saturday using my tap which has 0.25ppm ammonia in it, I use Prime coniditioner and double the dose to detox the ammonia while the cycle works on it. 20g tetra tank with 8 Serpae red minor (4 longfin and 4 shortfin), I experienced a cycle bump because I increased my school yesterday: ph: 8.8 kH: 35.8 gH: 107.4 Ammonia: 0.25 Nitrite: 0.0 Nitrate: 20 I just upgraded one betta and downgraded another since I ended up with a known fin-nipping tetra and didn't want to chance a divider failing so I have two 5g tanks, one with my plakat and one with my VT. 5g plakat Betta tank with anubias, Java Moss ball. He eats 3 pellets twice a day and bloodworms once a week and is fasted every other morning. pH: 8.8 kH: 107.4 gH: 179 Ammonia: 0.25 Nitrite: 0.0 Nitrate: 5.0 5g betta tank with java moss ball and NO new gravel. He eats 2 pellets twice a day and bloodworms once a week and is fasted every other morning. His tank is currently lower than 0.1% salinity due to getting sucked into the filter intake of his 2.5g tank and having finrot, I've been slowly changing the water without adding more salt as he's finally starting to heal after two weeks. pH: 7.4, kH: 71.6 gH: 107.4 Ammonia: 0.25 Nitrite: 0.0 Nitrate: 5.0 Obviously I've removed the gravel, but do I also do a large WC or do a whole bunch of small ones? I need to get my pH down and stable quickly but I don't want to kill the fish in the process! Right now all of the fish are acting completely normal. I wouldn't have even known anything was wrong if I hadn't checked to see where my cycle's had bumped to after doing so much work on the tanks this weekend. All 3 tanks have filtration and heaters. All 3 tanks are between 80 and 82 degrees, boith 5g have whisper 2-10 filters. The 20g has a marineland biowheel penguin filter 150gph. The 20g has been running since late december and the 5g tanks have been running for a few days with established media added to the tanks to seed them. I was going to get tetra safe start tomorrow on my day off to help finish out the cycles. Thank you in advanced!!!
  8. So sadly I came and found my golden/creamy/white betta dead in his planted tank and I knew he had been fin nipping himself but I didn't expect my self to find him dead I had rearranged the tank thinking he had been bored but I'm not too sure
  9. I have a 20g long with one male betta, one albino BN, and two mystery snails. I was hoping for some suggestions of active little fish I would be able to add in? Thanks!
  10. Your already being missed. I woke up this morning to find Diego no longer with us. Diego had passed away during the night. Yesterday he looked great but for some reason he didn't want to eat his evening pellets. I was hoping today would have been better for him. But if not, I was going to qt him and go from there. I brought home Diego thirteen months ago after purchasing him from Petco. He had lived in a 20g planted tank with a few nerite snails. I enjoyed having him a lot. Diego was fun to watch and I loved taking care of him. Diego's home was the beginning of learning about planted tanks for me. Thank you Diego for putting up with me when I wanted to rearrange your home with your plants, adding new ones to the existing ones, or even uprooting the dead ones. You've been a great betta. I wish you would have lived much longer. [/url]">http:// [/url]">http:// Bye Bye Diego. December 2013 to January 17, 2015
  11. We are moving this weekend and I'm quite worried about moving with my fish. Luckily we are literally just moving down the street, but it's complicated because the weekend we are moving me and my friends are going to a music festival. I have a big tub I got to put my fish in, but they would have to sit in there for 2 days while the tank gets moved and set up and I'm scared about having high ammonia since they are both large. I honestly just don't trust my family with taking care of my fish and need some advice on what to do. I will be able to put my aquaclear 110 on the bin but not my canister filter. How can I keep the media in the canister alive? Should I fast my fish a few days before the weekend to make sure ammonia stays down? My tank is 75 gallons and non planted with 2 goldfish. I also have a 10 gallon divided non planted betta tank, how should I prepare them?
  12. This is my 37 gallon betta riparium. The dividers are made of black acrylic sheets that were cut to fit, drilled with holes then siliconed in place. The substrate is 1" of dirt with a 2" gravel cap. I have peace lily, aluminum plant, and some plants that I bought from Riparium Supply that I totally forgot the names of growing in the top. My submerged plants are mostly small crypts, some java fern, golden nesaea, bacopa, and apongenton (and one other small bacopa looking plant that I forgot the name of). The tank is heated to 80 degrees and each section has its own sponge filter. My light is a Finnex Planted Plus. This is an older picture (a little over a month ago)but this is what the glass normally looks like. It is so easy to make a mess of the glass. And here it is tonight after about 20 minutes of scraping with a razor. from the side blooming peace lily more peace lily another blooming plant that I can't quite remember the name of... and the inhabitants Arthas Illidan Kael Thanks for looking
  13. I recently set up a 16 gallon tank--the original one my goldfish came in--as a betta/snail tank. The filter it came with is an Aqueon 20. Is this too much of a flow for a betta? It seems to send a pretty strong current right down the middle of the tank, and I can see all of the plants moving. What kind of filter would you put on a tank this size for a betta and snails? Thanks! Sara
  14. [it was suggested that I do this by Lovely Chaos, so here it is!] Most people say that they have a red or blue betta, not to mention that those are the most common. But, there are soooo many more color combinations then that! Here's the ones that I can think of/remember right now [will update if/when needed]. SOLID COLORS Blue- one of the most common betta colors, especially in veiltails. They come in many shades such as royal blue, steel blue, corn-flower blue, and turquoise. Red- another common color among bettas. Shades include vermilion red, deep crimson, red/brown, and cherry red. Green- one of the more uncommon colors. It's hard to find a solid green betta, as most are with other colors or are green marbles. Shades include dark green, emerald, forest green [rare], and turquoise. Purple- another more uncommon color among bettas. Shades include lavender, violet, and true purple [rare]. Orange- a hard combination to get. No betta is truly orange ... yet. Shades include red-orange, orange-yellow, vermilion-orange, and tangerine. Yellow- somewhat in between being common and uncommon. They are widely produced, yet not many people [unless if they're a big breeder/seller] know about these colors. Shades include lemon yellow, butter yellow, golden yellow, pale yellow, yellow-brown, peach, and apricot. White- a more common betta color. Most people see bettas that are butterflies, marbles, dragons, or fancies that have a mixture of colors, rather than completely white. Shades are light grey to a creamy white. The bettas can have colored "beards" from underlying colors in genes. Opaque- a more uncommon color. These bettas can be considered as white opaque which can give the appearance of a milky white overlay of the other colors, or a dense white like freshly fallen snow. White opaques that give the milky overlay appearance are called pastels. Albino- extremely rare and NOT considered white. Albinos lack all pigmentation and the eyes tend to be a light pink or eerie red color. Albino bettas can either be a pinkish white or a solid white [only if there's the opaque gene]. Cellophane- an extremely rare color. Cellophane bettas basically have no color. The fins are translucent and the body is flesh. Since the skin itself doesn't have any pigments, you can see their tissues and organs, which are flesh colored. Black- most bettas that have a form of black on them are more common. Pure black bettas are somewhat common as well, but most people don't realize that they're out there. It is hard to breed these bettas, as all pure black female bettas are infertile, along with males from melano bloodlines. Shades include melano, super black, smoky black, black lace, and copper black. Copper- uncommon. These bettas appear brown or bronze to the eye, but are actually a mix of yellow and black. Shades include light gold, deep copper, deep red copper, and purplish copper. BI-COLORS Chocolate- another uncommon color. Main characteristics/shades are a dark, usually black, body with dark blue or dark green and the fins are yellow or golden orange. Cambodian- the body is flesh to whitish [but can be light red/pink with red stripes] and the fins are red [traditional cambodians] or can be blue or green. These are NOT the same as dragon bettas. Red Cambodian Blue Cambodian Green Cambodian PATTERNS Butterfly- very common. Bettas can be any color, but the tips of their fins [doesn't matter how large or small the portion/section is] are white. This will appear in all of their fins, including pectorals. Marble- very common. Bettas can be any color, but normally are a color, or two, and white. They constantly change colors and patterns. There's a saying that goes "All marble bettas are butterflies, but not all butterfly bettas are marbles." I bought a light blue marble halfmoon betta and he was mostly opaque. Now, he's dark blue with streaks of red and is a butterfly [still considered a marble though]. Marbles will most likely never stop changing their colors. Personally, they are my favorite type of betta. Piebald- somewhat common. These bettas are like marbles, but have a flesh/salmon colored face. Dragon- quite common.These bettas usually have a bright, strong base [such as red] with their scales highlighted in a pale iridescent color. They can be any color, but their body is [usually ... can be other colors such as turquoise] an opaque color that covers the whole body, including the face and upper parts of the eyes [most of the time]. Only the stomach/chest/chin areas seem to be clear and tend to have a flesh to tan color. Grizzled- very uncommon. These bettas have either a pastel or opaque body with random flecks and spots of iridescent coloring. Dalmatian- quite uncommon. These bettas are normally pastel with spots/speckles of any color on their body and fins. Mustard Gas- slightly uncommon. These bettas are either green or blue with yellow or orange fins. They are a popular bi-color. Multicolor- common. These bettas are everywhere and don't apply to any specific color or pattern. Fancy- uncommon. These bettas are mainly like multicolors, but tend to have more white and look marbled and grizzled. Orchid- fairly uncommon. These bettas are usually black [sometimes with red] and have metallic blue streaks on their tails/fins. Thanks for reading and I hope that you enjoyed this little tutorial of betta colors and patterns. If there's anything that you feel should be added, please comment and let me know and I'll be sure to update it!
  15. Hey everyone! So I wanted to keep this a secret, but I am in progress of setting up a 5 gallon betta tank! The plants are all in (planning on getting 1 or 2 more at Petsmart to fill in the side) and the heater and filter are working great. The only thing that I'm stuck on is changing the water. I have a medium sized Top-Fin siphon I use on my goldfish tank, however it is a little bulky in the 5 gallon. I did use it well when the goldfish lived in the 5 gallon before their upgrade, but the tank was barebottom and I didn't have to worry about disturbing any plants or substrate. Now, it is a bit tricky because I don't want to disturb or uproot the plants. To refill the tank, I use old one-gallon milk jugs with dechlorinated water. It's a little too much pressure on the tank plants and substrate and I'm afraid it'll stress out the betta when I do it with him in the tank. Any suggestions? How do you guys do stress-free water changes and refills on your betta tanks? also, a few more questions. 1. Will a high pH of 7.6 harm the betta? I know they prefer lower pH. I've heard of "fin curling" on bettas who live in a high pH. I'd also like to note that I have crushed coral in my filter to keep the pH stable at 7.6 as well. Without it, my pH would drop to 6.0 in a matter of days. I can always fiddle with the amount of crushed coral in the filter and make it drop a little lower than 7.6 but with that, there is margin for fluctuations. 2. A bit unrelated, but are rubber bands aquarium-safe? I have one tied with a sponge on the filter to baffle it. 3. Temperature of 80 F is okay? Or should it be a little lower? (sorry, kind of an obvious question, but I just want to clarify) Probably will be coming up with more questions later on, so please stay tuned. Thanks!
  16. last night, i finally got around to redirecting the flow in his tank and i got this the next day! im guessing hes happy
  17. something new
  18. Sunshine

    Meet Mufasa :)

    Last night I bought this adorable little fella from Petco. My friend pointed out that he looks like he has a large lion's mane, hence his name, Mufasa! He looks a little bit bloated, so I'm treating it as constipation for now and seeing how that goes. He is in a 2.5 gallon for now, and I have a heater to add later. The one positive thing about living in 125 degree summer weather is that room temp. water stays between 78-79 degrees! I love him, so I just had to share.
  19. Can I keep a male and female Betta together? I have enough room in a lightly filtered tank for them both but I don't know if they would fight or not! Don't they have to be together sometimes at least to breed? I'm soo confused! Thanks! -Elaine
  20. So, I went out last night with the intent of buying some shrimp and maybe a snail for my betta tank (it's been about a week since I euthanized captain sparkles). I hadn't intended to get another betta for a few months, but of course I had to just look, and you know what happens when you look..... They had a really good selection of beautiful bettas, but this one caught my eye. The pictures don't do him justice but he is this very light lavendar/cornflower blue color with white edging around his tail. And the thing that really got me is this beautiful pattern on his fins, it's like rows of dots, hard to capture but this first picture shows it pretty well. He has been super shy and hides every time I come near the tank, so these pics took me all of today to gather up. Also including some tank shots bc I changed things around a bit once again! Hiding lol Video: <iframe width="640" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/IZ19WzecGAY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Tank: took out the baby tears... they were still growing and healthy, but were not rooting and every time I did anything in the tank the mat would begin to float up, I just got fed up with it. Also took out the moss wall... it was actually doing well, but proved to be a bit of a death trap. I found my snail trapped behind it (hadn't seen him in days, he had somehow wedged himself between the moss wall and aquarium wall very tightly. dwarf sag: dwarf hairgrass (hoping this will fill in) flame moss has been looking awesome lately! floating baby tears baby tears bottom view and italian val Thanks for looking!
  21. bodoba

    Rupert's Tank

    Since my daughter has been very diligent in her new betta care duties, I nicely cleaned the tank for her. Here is Rupert my betta enjoy all the space. JUST KIDDING!!! (this is about as clean as it gets, I need to put actual substrate instead of weighing plants down with rocks
  22. Rojo

    Betta for my office

    Well i started my new job about a month ago its a little hard for me to get use to but it could be worse. so to make things a little more soothing and calming for me i bought a betta i think the right name is a elephant ear betta not to sure help me out on what breed he is still dont have a name but i love it. the one thing about fish is that they are addictive. Here are some pictures ill get better ones later on today. Here is a blurry one
  23. KingKong

    Bleu Mask

    So I was picking up some aquarium supplies at Petsmart and found him! He was a blue mask dragnscale crowntail - and for a $10 price tag it was worth it. There was alot of dragonscale plakats there, from mustard gaz to blue/white marbles - didn't know why I choose a crowntail instead. Anyways, here you go! He also has slight dumbo ears, which is a bonus. The tank: Curently his name is Bleu; cause he's blue...there ya go. -KK
  24. Well, after taking time off with the move of bacteria from my 10 gallon, he goes my 55 gallon! The fish are doing great for days now and have good results on ammonia and nirates. Off to a smooth start! I'm planning on adding substate and etc in a few weeks or two. I got both of these guys from a bad quality LFS for $5 and they both had ick. Guess they're better now... Got this ryukin a few months ago from a local Wal-mart. Couldn't let him go. Both of these guys I got last week from a quality LFS. The ranchu is only an inch long and is already showing wen growth. And finnaly my new 55 gallon tank. (I'll be adding another filter soon) -KK
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