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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. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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?
  9. [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!
  10. 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
  11. So My 30 gallon heater apparently is dead (I haven't had a need for it until tonight and just found out). I also have a 5g heater that I bought in error for my 3 gallon. Here's the deal: I have no central A/C or Heat and it's 40 degrees Fahrenheit outside. So it's currently around 65 degrees in the house and getting colder. I've moved her (edit: her = my female betta) tank into our kitchen (warmest room in the house). And I know Goldfish are more tolerant to cold but I do have the Chinese Algae Eater in my 30g with the goldfish. Is it OK to use my heater (for 5 gallon tanks) in my 3 gallon for my betta? Should I go buy a new heater for my 30g?
  12. Here's a little update on all the adult fishies and of course Guss, the snail. Baby pictures will be posted in goldfish breeding section. Maybe a pic of Bill would end up in here... Flopsy au Naturale Guss =) Ursula 'loose momma' GIlbert aka "sir bites himself a lot" Democaracy, proud papa Democracy and the other woman. Some super cute bristlenoses, Merlin and Liliana. The happy couple Alright and introducing, Little Bill the goldfish.
  13. I like to organize my pictures into one timeline, so some of these pictures are already on the site (: Something New: My Pearlscale. It could be something fishy, but it's actually more new than the fishy thing... If that makes sense. I still don't have a name for her. But she is super cute, I really like her. There is a perfect name for her out there somewhere! Today When I got her, she was a little pale. She is super small, only like the size of a quarter. She has perked right up since being put in with my other fish in QT. Everyone is about to be treated for prazi (: Something Fishy: Yukis new diggs, and pictures of my new Ryukins and Oranda (though not the best pictures). Mushu, my little Ryukin (: Chocolate Ryukin, his hump isn't as well developed as Mushu, but he is pretty and big! Sashimi, my cute little panda oranda. She has some cool yellow coloring under that black. (: Yuki's new pad. It's going to get more plants soon (: Something Cute: Otter and Cloud! My two bottle fed boys. Cloud is an orphan I hand raised. When I got him he had a gash on his side and was only one week old. This baby is a fighter and he is now almost 8 pounds of Handsome. Otter is only about 4 weeks old and is adorable. Cloud has adopted him as his own baby, and cleans and stimulates him to go poo. They cuddle and play together :3 My boys :3
  14. I hope this is the right forum section. I came across a Craigslist ad today, and it's just too far away from me to do anything about it. http://tampa.craigslist.org/hdo/pet/3230361018.html He's selling this setup for way more than it's worth, but... your eyes do not deceive you. Those are guppies, a betta, and a common goldfish. He says he'll give the fish away for $10 when I emailed. I would jump on it, and even asked my parents about it. (I can't drive) but they reiterated that it is just too far for a 'few fish.' (two hours away.) so if anyone near there could do anything, I hope you can.
  15. I did a little cleaning of the betta tanks today and am pretty happy with how the Chi looks now. I think I have a nice amount of plants in there, and some are growing quite fast! The larger anubias has put out a new leaf. And the little neon anubias have a lot of new leaves. General tank look - plus Sitting Bull zooming around like usual. Here is the growth on the little anubias What do you plant people think?
  16. Hi all. I cleaned out the betta tank today and noticed a bit of growth in the crypt plants that goldfish7 sent me a while ago. Of the 3 plants, one had melted entirely and I threw it away. The other two I left in the tank because I had heard that they often recover from the trauma of melting. So one plant, which had retained one leaf, now has a new leaf coming, and some new roots growing. The second one, which had melted to a nub with a few roots, now has some green appearing on the nub, and more roots! I'm very glad that the plants are recovering. I look forward to them growing out. From the pictures Goldfish7 sent, they are really unusual - kind of bright green with bronze stems and veins. I haven't had much luck with plants in the betta tank, so it's nice to see something happening.
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