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Old 12-29-2012, 12:41 PM   #71
 
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Those "white" females probably aren't actually white. Bettas get pale and loose a lot of their color when they get stressed. I have a pic of Gus from WalMart in my album and pics of him later on. You can see how DRASTICALLY his color changed in just a few weeks. Amazing little guys they are
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:49 PM   #72
 
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Those "white" females probably aren't actually white. Bettas get pale and loose a lot of their color when they get stressed. I have a pic of Gus from WalMart in my album and pics of him later on. You can see how DRASTICALLY his color changed in just a few weeks. Amazing little guys they are
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When I bought my Blue, Red, and Bosemani Rainbows, they were all white. If it hadn't been for the labels at the LFS, I wouldn't have been able to tell which was which. They colored up a little the very first day of being out of there, and in a few days were quite colorful.
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:27 PM   #73
 
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Hows it going fishy? Any dramas or smooth sailing?
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:28 PM   #74
 
Canadian Fish- get rechargable batteries for that camera! Saves a ton of money. I use to have a camera (Kodak) that used triple A and I went through them like...well like u said. LOL but seriously go to Walmart (or whatever you Canadians have JK) and get some. The charger and 4 batteries (so you can rotate) shouldn't cost you more than $10. The Nikon I'm using is the AW100 (waterproof to 30ft)- I love it! It has it's own rechargable battery-thank God!

Okay- back to fishies!!! So we're back and it's set up... I took some pics and will upload and post soon. It's SO pretty (to us)... Very cool. You guys will see soon.

About the betta's- I had no idea the females lose color under stress. I know males who do (have seen some at big name pet stores unfortunetly) but I remember asking about females and the employee (who probably didn't know Jack) said they are always white. Hmmm...
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:33 PM   #75
 
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Nice, looking forward to seeing it!

The reason I never went to rechargables is because I read that the kind this camera uses lose 20% of their charge the first day even if they aren't used and 5% per day after that. Which would be fine if it was for an event like Christmas, so I could charge the day before, but it means if my camera sat there for a couple of weeks and I grabbed it because my fish or the boy were doing something cute, they might be drained from just sitting there.

I suppose I should use a combination of both, rechargables for when I know I'm going to need it, and regular ones for those spontaneous moments.
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:35 PM   #76
 
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WOW that was a quick response! Me thinks i asked just as you were about to post!!

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It's SO pretty (to us)... Very cool. You guys will see soon.
HAHA, your so doomed! february- thats when you'll want another

June- when you divorce your husband as the space his stuff uses could be better employed with more fish tanks. HAHA.
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But seriously, so glad your loving it- especially as in your early posts there was lots of this;

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Oh man... I just about want to hit my hubby over the head with a frying pan...
haha bet your secretly glad now he's a big kid
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:37 PM   #77
 
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I can't wait to see! I must have rearanged mine a coupple dozen times at least! It's fun to play with them. And glass jars were GREAT at filling in enpty spots.

Any live plants yet? What kind?

Yes. I think we all talked like THAT in the beginning. Then, we do the research, fall in love, and get hooked for life!
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Old 12-29-2012, 04:34 PM   #78
 
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Hi guys...on my laptop now so I can post pics..etc.

So...we got this brown/tan gravel. We got one 20lb bag (with live bacteria) and another 5lb same color but dry and a bit smaller pebbles. We also got Seachem conditioner, plants, API testing strips (question about this below) and fish food. Why fish food you ask? Because we got a Betta... I've kept them before so I know some stuff about them, one being that they are VERY hard to kill. So we will build our tank around him. Worst case scenario we'll take him back to the store and get other fish but hubby is attached already...he talked to him on the way home and is thinking of names now.. HAHA He's been staring at the tank for the last hour...and so have I. I am glad we got it now..but what would he do without me! The logical one...

Anyways, the plants we got:
1 anacharis (they just got them in today- didn't have them yesterday when I went)
1 chilensis
1 banana plant
1 wisteria
2 cabomba

Some came with "babies" and we were able to separate those..They guy at the fish store was nice and threw some stuff in there for free even though the plants were pretty cheap. The most expensive was the banana plant at 3.99.

I have some questions (of course) but I'll post them after the pics.




























Mr. Fish (no name yet) is LOVING the tank. I've never seen a betta play around so much. He zooms around going around the plants. Just generally looks really happy. I'm sure anything was better than that tiny container they had him in, but I'm sure he likes the tank. Hard to photograph as he moves pretty fast. His body is blue and fins are red.


First- the API test strips we got...well I think they aren't exactly accurate (as some of you have said). I'm going to post the results as of 5 minutes ago and you guys can maybe help me decipher them? Please. I don't think the ones we got test for ammonia either unless there's something I don't know.

GH-General hardness reads 0-30- more so on the 0 side (goes by color)

KH- Carbonate harness reads 0-40 - color is more in the middle of the two

PH- reads between 7.5 to 8 on the scale.

Nitrite - reads at 0

Nitrate- reads between 0-20 (very close to white which is 0)

Like I said, the test strips go by a color scale (good thing I'm not color blind) so they aren't very accurate. Let me know what you guys think.



We still need to get a thermostat, the 30 gallon pump and heater (from our friend), some plant fertilizer (tabs I guess? input welcome)...some sort of rock or drift wood...or even a decoration that provides some hiding places (maybe a broken vase)...The "no fishing" sign can always be moved to the side.

We rinsed the dry gravel (5lb bag) and the water is not bad but I'm hoping it will get more clear. Anything I need to do?

ALL advice is welcome. I think that's all I had for now..I think.
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Old 12-29-2012, 04:44 PM   #79
 
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Yeah new baby! Make sure to get him something hard he can hide in. Bettas LOVE their hidy holes and it makes them feel safe. They get very attached to them too.

Yeah, test strips are a pain. You can cut them in half to give you double the strips so they can last a bit. Go on Amazon and look up API Master Test Kit. They sel them for $20 and it has EVERY test you could possibly need. Much cheaper than strips too. Using a turkey baster to get the water out will help with getting the right amount in the tubes. It's fun and easy and makes me feel like a scientist.

What kind of food do you have your little man? Try to avoid flakes as they are MESSY! Find a pellet with meat as the first 3 ingrediants. I use Omega One Betta Buffet. Gus loves um! Just feed him how many he can eat in a few minutes and scoop out the rest. I turn off my filter so they don't get pushed around. Bettas don't eat a lot, so splurge on a good food as it will last a year!
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Old 12-29-2012, 04:51 PM   #80
 
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Yeah new baby! Make sure to get him something hard he can hide in. Bettas LOVE their hidy holes and it makes them feel safe. They get very attached to them too.

Yeah, test strips are a pain. You can cut them in half to give you double the strips so they can last a bit. Go on Amazon and look up API Master Test Kit. They sel them for $20 and it has EVERY test you could possibly need. Much cheaper than strips too. Using a turkey baster to get the water out will help with getting the right amount in the tubes
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Thanks!!! Yea..he's a happy camper. I noticed he's been using the wisteria plant in the corner to "chill out" since it's kind of full and gives him space to be hidden. I am planning on getting something else though.

What do you think of the test results? It's not testing for ammonia right?
Good idea on cutting them but hopefully I'll just get the test kit instead.
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