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Andrea

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  1. Unfortunately I lost my little betta, Klaus, over night. I woke up and could not find him anywhere in his tank, he often hides in the plants but comes to me as soon as he sees me. But after a few minutes as I still couldn't see him and was looking everywhere, I called my Mum and we found him dead on the floor.

    I'm devastated, I feel horrible that he probably suffered and I can't work out why he would jump out of his tank. I only had him for 3 months, but I was already super in love and he helped me through my loss of my 7 year old goldfish.

    He had a great little personality and was a real character, I already miss him a lot :(

    Not sure what to do with the tank now, I have a tiny hitch hiker snail living in there who just showed up one day. I wouldn't want to just kill him but these fish break my heart and I'm not sure if I want more.

    RIP Klaus, you'll be missed, my first ever Betta!

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  2. Hi there :)

    In order for the mods to be able to help you they need you to fill out the below info. You may need to set your camera on a macro setting or step away from the glass to be able to focus past it. A video would be even better.

    Test Results for the Following:

    • * Ammonia Level (tank):
    • * Nitrite Level (tank)
    • * Nitrate level (Tank)
    • * Ammonia Level (Tap):
    • * Nitrite Level (Tap)
    • * Nitrate level (Tap)
    • * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)
    • * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)
      Other Required Info:
    • * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?
    • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?
    • * What kind of water additives or conditioners?
    • * Water temperature?
    • * How often do you change the water and how much?
    • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?
    • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?
    • * How many fish in the tank and their size?
    • * What do you feed your fish and how often?
    • * Any new fish added to the tank?
    • * Any medications added to the tank?
    • * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.)
    • * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?
    • * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?
    • * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.
    • * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video

  3. You would be fine :) especially with the help of this forum. I have only been properly goldfish keeping for a year, my red ranchu was the third goldfish I got in college other than my red cap and Hanzo my telescope. All you need is clean water and well you know the rest :) they are tied with butterfly teles as my favorite goldfish.

    Maybe one day :) A ranchu and a black moor would be lovely for me.

  4. Awesome photos and great choice in camera haha :) I had one very similar to that, but have since upgraded, but I know you'll get a lot of great use out of it!

    I love these photos too, your fish look such characters.

    Thank you! What camera do you use? You're a photographer, right? :) I'm loving the camera. Won't be getting sleep tonight :rofl

    Yep :) I use to have the Canon 400d so just a bit below the one you have now, but I upgraded to the Canon 5d mark iii. It's pretty amazing, but all canon cameras are good!

  5. I know in Australia there are few people who come to your house and do it for you, often through LFS's or just google companies that do it. I mean if it happens here, America is bound to also do it as long as you live in a somewhat populated area.

    Good luck, might be worth looking into if you can :)

  6. Glad the move went well! I can see some regrowth which is the clear lining around the fins. But other than that, it will heal on its own time, and that is a slow process. It can take anywhere up to 6 months for the fins to completely heal and grow back to proper length provided he no longer nips, however chances are the fins will never heal back to their original state since nippers are often nippers for life.

    I would expect the finds to neaten up and get some length, but unfortunately I don't think he'll ever have complete halfmoon fins. Could be wrong though ;)

    If he flares they should still spread half moon (180 degrees), they'll just be shorter in some areas. If he didn't nip too much than his fins may fully grow, however the more he nips the less likely it is that they will regain their original length and the slower regrowth will be. As long as there isn't any rot present (which there doesn't appear to be) I wouldn't worry, just keep an eye on him! :)

    He has actually never flared that I have seen, including when I put a mirror up next to him. So I just have myself a lover not a fighter? Haha, I dunno. But he does often stretch out all his fins and he does look beautiful when he does that.

    My older sister had a betta many years ago that would not flare even with a mirror. I guess being a lover not a fighter is a good way to put it :P Him stretching out his fins is great! I would be worried if he was all clamped and refused to flare :)

    He is actually more friendly than Clementine my goldfish, though I think that says more about her than him ;) I think it's the perfect way to put it hehe and it doesn't bother me at all, but he definitely does stretch out and seems quite content. I'm already so attached :)

  7. Glad the move went well! I can see some regrowth which is the clear lining around the fins. But other than that, it will heal on its own time, and that is a slow process. It can take anywhere up to 6 months for the fins to completely heal and grow back to proper length provided he no longer nips, however chances are the fins will never heal back to their original state since nippers are often nippers for life.

    I would expect the finds to neaten up and get some length, but unfortunately I don't think he'll ever have complete halfmoon fins. Could be wrong though ;)

    If he flares they should still spread half moon (180 degrees), they'll just be shorter in some areas. If he didn't nip too much than his fins may fully grow, however the more he nips the less likely it is that they will regain their original length and the slower regrowth will be. As long as there isn't any rot present (which there doesn't appear to be) I wouldn't worry, just keep an eye on him! :)

    He has actually never flared that I have seen, including when I put a mirror up next to him. So I just have myself a lover not a fighter? Haha, I dunno. But he does often stretch out all his fins and he does look beautiful when he does that.

  8. Aw that's ok, I just want to know he is happy and healthy. It was worrying me a bit, but it is definitely on the mend, I didn't know it could take that long but it is good to know so I don't stress.

    Thank you for all your help again through this whole thing. It's been very helpful :)

  9. Just a long overdue update :)

    Klaus did well with his change over to the new tank and he seems happy in his new tank. I haven't had the money to buy a light so a lot of the plants have died a little bit (plus I am horrible at keeping aquarium plants alive!) but it's on the to do list.

    I'm just a bit worried as though his tail is healing, it's healing extremely slowly and his bottom fins don't seem to be healing at all? I can see tiny red dots on his bottom fins. But there has only been one episode of tail biting since he moved and that was right at the start.

    Ammonia was present in the tank for the first few weeks, but not anymore since this week with the parameters being:

    ammonia: 0

    nitrite: 0

    nitrate: 0-5 (very pale orange, but not yellow)

    I have attached some photos and a video to give you a better idea (you may want to mute it as my music is playing in the background :P)

    I am not too worried, but was looking for a course of action? Continue what I'm doing? Add salt? Right now there is no salt, I stay away from it now, but just Prime and water changes :)

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  10. I feed my goldfish dried seaweed, I buy mine from the fish store, but I think it is the same as what you buy in the grocery store. Maybe you should double check the ingredients :) I feed it rarely, but they do it enjoy, they chew on it for awhile. I just tear it up, into small pieces, but it does float.

  11. OOOO such pretty pictures! I am hoping to take some good pictures soon. I ordered a new background and I am going to take the under gravel filters out in the next few days. (its spews particulates into the tank and my pictures look all grainy ....

    Will post pictures here when I get a chance ..... :)

    Also how come there are black fancys .. but finding a black comet is like a needle in a haystack?

    The one I have is the only one I have ever seen (until I came on this forum) and I completely freaked out when I saw her haha. Also from this forum I learnt that to create them they are koi/goldfish hybrids and they are infertile, so they are probably quite hard to create correctly.

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