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Need help choosing substrate
Old 05-25-2013, 01:52 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by Bluewind View Post
Actually Jeff, numbers in Bettas are very improtant. They can be kept alone. Females in groups must be kept in odd numbers of 5 or more so that they may establish a hyarchy (sp?). Some have had sucess with a group of 3 but more often than not the omega gets picked on far to much by the other 2.
Learn something new every day. As much as bettas are one of the most common kept fish there is surprisingly little information available... or at least the signal to noise ratio is very low.

We considered female bettas along the way so I will keep this in mind.

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Old 05-25-2013, 07:08 PM   #32
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Thanks for the pic. It will make it much easier to find. I'll pull it up when I can get to a computer ;)

Yeah I'm a total Betta adict. I know a boatload about their needs, so odds are I either know it or know where to find out. This is my first sorority but they are lots of fun even though they aren't for beginners.They can actually make pretty good community fish if you do it right. And they come in so many colors and tail types. I love mine. They have so much personality. Both are veiltails.

I'm going to try my hand at some homemade decor. Anyone know the name of some good aqarium safe silicone? I'm trying to decorate my tank as cheep as I can.
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Old 05-26-2013, 06:13 PM   #33
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I just use regular silicone tbh, I don't know the brand. It's just 100% pure silicone with no fungicides or additives. As long as you let it cure for a week or two you're good. I spent quite a bit of time researching it when I was gonna build a paludarium.

I agree with 'the more the merrier' on loaches and otos. From personal experience loaches are much happier and more likely to be out and about when they have larger numbers.
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Old 05-26-2013, 06:19 PM   #34
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Looks like I have gotten myself into a pickle then. I'll have to figure out how many of each my tank can handle or ditch the otos and just keep betta and kuhli. Tough decision.
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:44 PM   #35
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Well, I had a crazy day. I had to get a 20 tall, couldn't get any of the plants I wanted, and no one carried Quikrite oplaysand or Otos! I bought another brand sold by Home Depo which was a BIG mistake. It has sooo much organic matter in it and even though I used the methods yall talked about, it took me 2 hours to get just a few handfulls worth. So now I have to figure out how to get a hold of some substrate that will work :-/
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