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blinky000

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  1. That is one sexy looking living room. And the tank looks stunning!
  2. I've been wanting to contribute to this topic for ages but I've been so busy starting a new job that I haven't had a moment to go through all my stuff! Ok, I have to stress that my collection used to be a lot bigger but I've moved house so much in the last few years that a lot of it has got lost along the way I had this bought for me a few years ago: And this little guy: An old member of this board (who is now a good friend of mine!) got me this: And this: Mouse mat and coaster: I got these from another member of this board in a gift swap in... gosh, '04? '05? And the various handmade cards from a couple of members of this board I keep every single one. They're far too nice to throw away! And some PFK t-shirts in the loft that say "fit fishkeeper" and "grumpy old fishkeeper" Also, I'm bidding on this at the moment. Oh, and when I get paid, I'm totally buying this!
  3. Aww she's gorgeous. I signed the petition too. Fairground fish is a subject that has been grinding my gears since I was a nipper. It's now illegal in some parts of the country as far as I know, which makes me wonder why fish should have more protection depending on where they are. They're still fish. It just doesn't make any sense to me.
  4. This was my Sooty shortly after I got her: A couple of years later: A few months after that: And a few months after that: She turned completely white in the end. Still as gorgeous as she ever was <3
  5. Hahaha my Steve is exactly the same. You're not allowed to look at anything in the tank that isn't him or he'll make his point by swimming in front of it and obstructing your view. He's constantly photobombing the corys and the snails and the shrimp and the oto... Poor things don't get a look in Ume is a gorgeous colour
  6. Looks like he's got a blockage caused by the pellets not being soaked prior to feeding. Fasting and peas *should* help but to prevent it happening again, the pellets really need to be soaked. Good luck with him (and the mother in law!)
  7. Do you soak the pellets before you feed them? Dry pellets are the #1 cause of constipation in bettas and there have been quite a few reported deaths as a consequence. I think he'd be more settled in his home with shallow water so I wouldn't recommend moving him or treating him with anything. Best to keep his stress levels to a minimum Bettas LOVE peas so hopefully it shouldn't take too much encouragement to get them down him
  8. It looks to me like a problem with the swim bladder, which would explain why his bum is in the air. Looking at this anatomy diagram, it looks like the air has been trapped in the back chamber of the swim bladder. Definitely keep the water level low enough that he doesn't have to work too hard to reach the surface. Check the water for nitrates as this can set off SBD, and try feeding him some peas. It's most likely a side effect of constipation. Out of curiosity, do you feed him pellets?
  9. Bettas are one of the hobby's most stunning fish with their long flowing fins and gorgeous colours, so it's deeply disappointing when those fins start to disintegrate. Sadly, this can be a massive vice for bettas and something that should be monitored closely. With this article, I hope to expand people's knowledge on the subject and show just how easy it is to prevent and treat. What is finrot? Finrot is exactly what it says on the tin. It's a disease where the fins rot. There are two main types of finrot: bacterial and fungal. Fungal finrot is generally a slow burner with a white fluffy or black border to the affected fins. The fins will start to deteriorate uniformly. Bacterial finrot is often confused with tail biting since the fin comes away in large chunks very suddenly. 9 times out of 10, unless you've seen your betta biting its tail, it's simply down to bacterial finrot. Prevention is better than cure Over the years, I've found that there are a few things that can set off finrot in bettas very easily. One of these is, of course, poor water quality. A simple sponge filter seems to be the best filtration system for bettas thanks to its gentle current and ability to be used as a "betta bed". Bettas love to rest on things close to the surface of the water so they can easily grab some air while they sleep. If the tank you have for your betta isn't big enough for a sponge filter, it's too small. Another trigger for finrot is related to substrate. Just like the dirt in gravel can harm a cory's barbels, it has the same effect on betta fins. If you're willing to clean the gravel more often than usual, it's possible to use it without a problem but in my opinion, sand is the most effective substrate to prevent finrot. Lastly, tail biting is the most efficient way to destroy a betta's fins. Of course, chomping on their own fins is destructive in itself but you need to remember that bitten fins are open wounds, vulnerable to infection. Infection sets in from poor water quality or stress or both, then you have finrot AND tail biting on your hands which can easily progress to body rot. Tail biting is generally down to either stress or boredom. Moving the tank into a busy room can help, putting a hand in the tank and talking to your betta for 10 minutes a day will keep them happy too. They're surprisingly needy of human attention. I've also found that bettas loathe living in bowls. Going round in circles has stressed out every betta I've ever had and triggers fin biting and other stress related problems. How do you cure finrot? More often than not, curing finrot is as easy as making sure the water is clean. If there isn't a filter in there, put one in there. If the filter isn't cycled, try and seed it as per this link: http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/page/index.html/_/aquatic-equipment/seeding-a-filter-r246 If you have gravel, change it to sand. Simple as that. Initially, do a 50% water change every 2 or 3 days and after a week, see if you notice a difference. New growth will have a smooth, transparent border initially. Take a look at the second photo in this topic: http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/98858-steves-tail-growth/ If the fins are no better after a week, it's time to get the salt out. Salt is the only treatment you'll ever need when it comes to finrot. OTC meds for finrot can be incredibly harsh on bettas, and your pocket! Salt is much more gentle for everyone. Over the course of a week, do 50% water changes every day, adding 1 teaspoon of tonic salt per 5 litres of water that goes into the tank. By the end of the week, you should have some nice new growth on the fins. If not, keep up with it for another week. Once you see new growth, do your regular water changes without the salt. Clean water will be enough to continue the progress.
  10. Sounds like bacterial finrot has set in because of the tail biting. I'd recommend starting with a large water change, probably about 75%, then adding water with tonic/sea salt at the rate of 1tsp per 5ltrs. Do a 50% water change every day, again ading the tonic salt mix, for about a week. By this point the fins should have stopped getting worse and you might be able to see some new growth. Go about the usual water change routines after that and he shoud be on the road to recovery
  11. Leave them a couple of days and they'll get much less sticky and should roll off easily. In the meantime just shove them in the fry tank and look out for little eyes in those eggs! Good luck!
  12. Only 3 or 4 months. No meds either. Just clean water
  13. Some of you might remember a few months back when I had a divider mishap and my little Steve lost most of his tail. He didn't let it get him down and he went from strength to strength. I figured I'd share the photo diary of his progress The last photo was taken today. He was stomping around the tank for no reason. He does that from time to time... He's my little Stevie Wonder. Not many fish could survive what he went through
  14. Amazing book. An old member of this board lent it to me some years back. Once the time came to return it, I bought my own copy. I find the section about microscopy and parasites the most helpful. Almost any ailment can be diagnosed with a light microscope and this book. Invaluable.
  15. I say get some female bettas and a group of small cories, either pygmies or pandas, or maybe some otos. Full of character and very pretty!
  16. This post makes me miss breeding goldies so much! Those little eyes just break your heart, don't they? Congrats on the motherhood to you and Fred! I wrote a post a while ago about how to breed goldies. There's a section on there about how to raise the babies too. I had planned to expand on that section so if you think there's something I've missed or have any specific questions, fire away! http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/22931-breeding-goldies/
  17. Have you tested the water lately? If it's brown algae it can indicate something awry with the cycle
  18. Rubbish, I'd been treating my rats with flagyl and I just threw it out last week I doubt the sugar in the suspension would have done much good to the tank though. I'll see what I can hunt down though. Thanks for your help guys
  19. That's amazing. I got a couple of nerites just like yours yesterday. They just don't look real do they! Hope mine are as good on my plants as they are on your vase. So far they seem reluctant to clean anything but the glass.
  20. A couple of months ago I had a costia infestation in my community tank that I diagnosed with my microscope (great piece of kit). The stock was as follows: 1 male betta 2 panda corys 2 otos Lots of pink ramshorns The only treatment I had that wouldn't hurt the corys was protozin at a half done but I was told that even at a half dose, the snails would probably die but I didn't have much of a choice so I just hoped for the best. Not one dead snail. After the treatment, everyone seemed fine but now the costia are back. Only problem is that I now have 10 cherry shrimp in the mix too, as well as a couple of zebra nerites. From what I've read, cherries are pretty sensitive to protozin, but then apparently so were the snails, but they all got through the treatment fine. Are there any costia treatments that would be ok with everyone in the tank? Or will the half dose of protozin be ok?
  21. That's xmas moss. Lovely fluffy stuff
  22. Ok, so I tied some more fishing line along the edges of the mesh, sellotaped it in place while the blob of glue dried like so: Now the glue has dried, I've taken the tape off and it's sitting in the tank until water change day so when the water level's low enough, I can dry the back wall and stick it on! It's being propped up by some bits of driftwood in the meantime and the girls are already getting some good use out of it
  23. No, it's Brazilian pennywort. It grows like a weed but it's a very pretty weed The same person I got the moss from sent it to me as a freebie. I had three 4" bits about 6 weeks ago. I have it in every tank now and I've even given some away! I also have a couple of pogostemon stellata stalks that I got free with my shrimp last week. Apparently that's a bit of a challenge to grow so we'll see what comes of that! It'll probably just turn to pulp and get eaten by the snails...
  24. Oooh, yeah. I'm not sure what though. Maybe when all my substrates come I could put an HC carpet there? Lol yeah that was on the floor of the tank but I stuck it on the size so I could see my shrimp when they hide under it. I don't plan on keeping it there. I just haven't figured out what to do with it yet. It'll probably go in another tank. Thanks for your input
  25. I figured that before I actually spent some money aquascaping my tank, I should probably start learning how to do it. So this evening, I've been playing around and working out the focal point and it looks much better. Not great, but better. I can actually relax looking at it now. Here's what it looked like before: And here's how it is now: What do you reckon? I think there's something missing around the back left. Perhaps some rocks would make it come alive a bit more. What do you think?
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