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  1. Brian and the newly renamed Sweetpea in their 2 gallon homes. I just didn't have the space or money for anything bigger, I already have two other largeish tanks to look after. They seem happy enough in them, swimming around, sleeping in the pot and under the bridge, trying to get in the gaps between the pebbles. I finally got a good look at the female and she seems a little better already, perkier, although you can see on the last picture how frayed her fins are. She's really inquisitive and follows my finger where as Brian is terrified of it and swims into his pot clicking should make them bigger:
  2. That's what happened to me Chrissy, I bought 3 peppered corys, but 1 died, so I added 2 albino, and a few months later one of those died, and the albino never really hung around with the other two (now three, with baby!) peppered corys - but I added another albino the other day and the new one won't leave the original one alone, and they've formed one big group. They're funny little fish!
  3. I didn't even know I had a breeding pair of corys, and then one day this lil fella came swimming across the front of the tank, he must be a few months old now. I don't want him to grow, he's ridiculously small and cute. But yes, corys need to be in groups, I have 5, I did have 3 and they are even more active and visible now there are 5. They're also warm water fish, so I'm surprised you have one with goldies? Maybe you could give your cory to your friend and they could add a couple more as well?
  4. I'm going to buy her a small 2 gallon tank tomorrow so I can keep an eye on her, I may put her in her big tank in the end but then again I may just keep her separate, on my desk. She's so cute, and little, I've never had a female before, I hope she does ok.
  5. Hi guys thanks for replying. Well I added them both to the 3 gallon and they did ignore each other, the male flared at her a little if she came too close but wasn't really aggressive. My worry is for the female, she really doesn't look in very good condition after all, it was hard to tell in lamplight last night. Her fins are pretty frayed and I think she has sort of slimy patches on her but it's always hard to tell on bettas because they're so irridescent. I have removed her into a separate tub to be on the safe side as the male looks ok at the moment. I don't know whether to treat her for anything? Or does she just need to be living in clean water again? Both are feeding and had their first nibbles of bloodworm this morning. Ignored the betta bites totally but I suppose they are only used to flake food, I shall persist! The female was called Xiao which I quite like. They're both the same colouring, I can't get a picture of the female though. This is the male. He came with the name Brian - I'm going to have to change that. Sorry about the poor quality, just used my phone:
  6. I've rescued two bettas and now I fear they're in a worse predicament than they've come from! I've posted in the Betta forum here and if anyone has any pearls of wisdom please advise.
  7. Me and my good intentions. I visited my colleague's flat this evening, she got a fish tank ages ago and we had a few choice words with each other about her stocking levels - it was only a 10G (and I reckon it was more like 8-9) and she had 3 guppies, 3 platys, danios(!), frogs, shrimp...and two bettas. One male, one female. Fast forward to tonight and I took a look at her tank and it was in a state, full of brown algae and the filter so clogged it was barely trickling water out. She still had two platys, 1 guppy, and the two fighters in there. She confessed to be bored with fish keeping, even though she still liked looking at them, but couldn't be bothered with the maintenance, so agreed to me taking them there and then. I kinda went into rescue mode. Some of you will know how that feels, I hope? So the guppy and platys can go in my big tank eventually, no problem at all. I don't want to put the bettas in there though. The only other tank I have is a little over 3 gallons, good for 1 betta... I must stress that these two fish have lived together for months and other than flaring at each other a little when one gets in the way of the other, have never fought with each other. They kept to themselves and tolerated each other. Their fins look good. They're currently in an ice cream tub and completely ignoring each other. What do you reckon to my chances of them living in the 3 gallon with no problems? With hiding places, etc? OR should I maybe put the female in my 23 gallon and risk her in there? I'm crossing every finger and toe that something works out... As an aside: my room is a fairly constant temperature at all times, certainly not cold, I don't have a small enough heater for that tank, the smallest I have is 25w and that's too big for a 3 gallon. Do you think they'll be ok?
  8. Isn't it funny how everyone's experience differ? The easiest fish I have in my tropical tank is my neons, I've never lost one and they are now huge, yet my all-male guppies either died of mystery illnesses or bullied each other to death. I only have one now and he even pesters my female platys. I recently separated my male platy into another tank, mainly because I have too many platys, but also because I had 1 male to 4 female and he harassed two of them so much they died, it wasn't even mating behaviour, he just chased them away. That said, I do like platys, lots of nice colours available, easy to keep and not usually aggressive. Prefer them to guppies. I love tetras because of their schooling nature and the fact that they 'ignore' you rather than swimming up and down the front of the glass at feeding time like the platys do. Danios are always a good choice for a first tank, very active and love a current and long tank to swim up and down - but I ended up returning mine to the LFS because I found them a bit too frantic for my liking, prefer my tank more serene. (Bullying aside.) I also love my corys, 3 peppered (1 m, 1 f, and their one little baby about an inch long!) and 2 albino ones. They really do prefer groups, a lot of people say at least 3, but I would save at least 5, they're much more active and confident in my experience. Corys, guppies and platys are all fairly easy to keep for beginners and will make a tank active and colourful. Or, you could go down the shoalers/tetras route, which I prefer myself, and wish I had that set up!
  9. Male guppies for sure. If he's pretty young he's going to want active, pretty, colourful fish to look at, I'm guessing? You could maybe add 3 or 4 for now and see how he likes them (better than overstocking), and then maybe add some shrimp or a frog. With such a small tank it's going to be tricky to add very much. I wouldn't put neon tetras in there, I have neons in a 23 G and they have at least doubled in size from when I first got them, they're huge.
  10. Well it looks as if you've already made up your mind on most things, so best of luck with it, hope it all goes well and whatever fish get used don't get stressed and abused.
  11. I have never heard of fish being a centrepiece at a wedding! I doubt they will be 'centrepiece' worthy in twelve days though. I also seriously doubt being transported for 4 hours, being put in a vase for a few hours (and then are you transporting them back?), is particularly fair on the fish. I'm not sure stressed or belly up fish would be particularly attractive either. And who knows what guests would try and 'feed' to them? This all seems rather cruel to me, I wouldn't use my fish for it, and would just try and persuade her to NOT use live fish as part of her display. This is just my opinion.
  12. I love them! I want some!!! What's the minimum tank size for keeping frogs? And I used to have that bridge in my tank
  13. Any pics? I love pretty guppies I had guppies and a betta in my tank and one of my guppies picked on my betta and bullied him, he died I think it was just a rogue crazy guppy with delusions of power though, otherwise they mix pretty well.
  14. You could try adding a little salt to see if that helps, if she's constipated - if it doesn't do anything then I'm not sure what it could be.
  15. I would only keep a betta, or some shrimp, or 3 male guppies. I have white cloud mountain minnows for years and would never keep them in a 5gallon, I had 5 in a ten gallon and I would say that is the minimum. They've since been moved to my 20gallon and they love the extra room and the fast flow from the filter. They also get pretty big with extra room. I would say the same about any shoaling fish really. I would neer keep anything other than a betta in a 5 gallon
  16. One of these?! Can't say something with the potential to get so big would ever appeal to me, I'd be terrified of it at half that size!
  17. Ha, great name choice - I found an inch long baby cory cat in my tank a couple of days ago, I called him Spaz too
  18. Gorgeous tank - and I love the shrimp, I caught my two doing battle over an algae pellet earlier, very amusing.
  19. What kind of fish was it? I once had a cory that developed a big red sore on its belly and it turned into a nasty wound. It was hard to tell whether it was an internal problem working its way out of the fish, or whether it was an external wound that had become infected due to it spending all its time on the bottom of the tank, which I suspect was the case - perhaps a damaged scale. I also had a group of guppies that all became ill with parasites of some kind that wormed their way out of the fish in a bloody mess (I traced this back to a problem with the pet store). These left the fish swollen with a big red hole - and dead. I did successfully treat one of them with internal parasite treatment and although he had a nasty scar he did pull through. What other fish do you have in the tank? Could another fish have bullied it and injured it?
  20. Could maybe add a shrimp or two as well.
  21. From practicalfishkeeping.co.uk: Temperament: These fish have a reputation for aggressive behaviour that is to some extent deserved - they have been known to herd larger fish to the other end of the tank and even kill them, especially during breeding. Not really a suitable community fish, and best kept in a species aquarium. Stocking: Buy a sexed pair, or grow on a group of young fish in a larger tank. Each pair needs a large territory. Aquarium: A fairly large tank (90cm/36" or more) with rocks and wood for cover, and some open space. If more than one pair are to be kept, ensure the tank is big enough to allow them to have adequate territories. They should not be crowded like Malawian mbuna. May eat plants and dig pits.
  22. I haven't ever put my platys in a breeder box. The only time I ever have was due to some bullying and they got so stressed out after an hour or two I put her back in. They have the babies in the tank and the babies take cover in the moss and plants. Lots get eaten but I still have around 20 babies swimming in the tank that have managed to grow too big to be eaten. I let nature take its course else I'm overrun
  23. Well once I notice my platys get huge it's usually another 3 days before they're back to their normal size. Might vary with guppies, but if she's huge it won't be long.
  24. I have one like that. I love my platys. They've had so many babies, they're growing so quickly that I'm returning all of my other fish to the LFS, including my male platy, and just having a tank of the 3 females and their babies. Hopefully some will end up as red ones
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