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Old 08-11-2012, 07:04 PM   #111
 
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I dunno, Fox - watching his tank develop, and him develop his tank. . . and considering the new 20g. . .I REALLY want to see how this guy would take care of actual eggs! I think he needs a ladyfriend!!! ;)

The videos are great! I'm just loving the chance to watch that big ol' tank come together before my eyes!
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Old 08-11-2012, 07:51 PM   #112
 
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Wow. That is a massive bubblenest! What is that contraption made of mesh in your betta tank? Is it like a hammock? I love how you've disguised it with java moss.
It gets even bigger. Guess when you are a betta with nothing better to do that is what happens.

Which one? The white looking mesh is what I attached to the java moss to when I first got it. It acts as a good surface to grab onto and grow around. The other thing that is kind of dark gray is a sponge filter. It can be used to filter a tank but that tank is too small. For now it is there to colonize bacteria to be ready for when I move everything in this tank to a 20 gallon long.


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I dunno, Fox - watching his tank develop, and him develop his tank. . . and considering the new 20g. . .I REALLY want to see how this guy would take care of actual eggs! I think he needs a ladyfriend!!! ;)

The videos are great! I'm just loving the chance to watch that big ol' tank come together before my eyes!
Yeah but if I end up with baby bettas what would I do with them? I don't really have the money to put towards looking after fry. Then you'd have to find new homes for them too as they grow up. It's something to think about though.
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Old 08-11-2012, 10:14 PM   #113
 
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The thing that's in the last picture. It looks like a very elaborate betta hammock with moss attached. I was wondering if that is possible. I have a betta with excessive finnage and want to build him something like that.
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Old 08-11-2012, 10:17 PM   #114
 
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Betta are probably one of the biggest pain in the *** fish to breed... You potentially need sooo many jars for all the males once they start fighting. o-o

I think you should stick to trying for bichir fry.
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Old 08-11-2012, 10:19 PM   #115
 
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The thing that's in the last picture. It looks like a very elaborate betta hammock with moss attached. I was wondering if that is possible. I have a betta with excessive finnage and want to build him something like that.
Ooh. That's a piece of plastic mesh that I tied the java moss to. Course since then other things have attached. I used a suction cup that has a little hook on it and hooked the suction cup to the plastic mesh. Push it against the glass and pronto it keeps it in place.

I suppose if you got a piece of plastic mesh and cut it long ways and suspend it via two suction cups you could then wrap moss or riccia and have it suspended mid/higher level in a betta tank. When the moss grows in it creates a nice "Hammock" to lay on.

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One of the things I am currently contemplating is hooking my sponge filter up on one side of the tank, and putting up a big sponge block next to it. That way I can control the current and create more still water. Er this is for the 20 gallon. Hopefully it creates some current but not enough to bother any bubble nests that Bluegill creates.
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Old 08-11-2012, 11:10 PM   #116
 
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Ooh. That's a piece of plastic mesh that I tied the java moss to. Course since then other things have attached. I used a suction cup that has a little hook on it and hooked the suction cup to the plastic mesh. Push it against the glass and pronto it keeps it in place.
Oh okay! I see it now. It's a lot easier to see in the video. I think I am going to try creating a hammock covered in java moss. I think it would be a nice touch in my tanks. Plus, more plants never hurt anything.
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Old 08-12-2012, 07:51 AM   #117
 
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I know. . . but with a fish that determined, I'd want so badly to try it just ONCE and see what happens ;) You'll decide what's best for all involved, I know - he's just so beautiful and HAPPY in there, and the way that little pile of plants developed just screams FRY!!! I know nothing about breeding Betta, though - except that everyone says it's a pain!

Now Bichir babies. . . I wanna see that, TOO! O.o

Great work, Fox - your tanks are beautiful, you take such good care of your creatures - it's refreshing to see.
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Old 08-13-2012, 12:55 AM   #118
 
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I know. . . but with a fish that determined, I'd want so badly to try it just ONCE and see what happens ;) You'll decide what's best for all involved, I know - he's just so beautiful and HAPPY in there, and the way that little pile of plants developed just screams FRY!!! I know nothing about breeding Betta, though - except that everyone says it's a pain!

Now Bichir babies. . . I wanna see that, TOO! O.o

Great work, Fox - your tanks are beautiful, you take such good care of your creatures - it's refreshing to see.
He may be determined but I really am not into the care it will take for something like a batch of betta fry. That's money I don't have to spend and space I don't have.

I wanna see bichir babies too. Cutest babies ever. :3

Aww thank you. I try my best to make them all happy.
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Old 08-14-2012, 07:31 PM   #119
 
I'm on a roll again with thift store finds. I had to fight off a stalker lady who was upset I got to a light before she did but now the 5 gallon has a really nice pretty light set up. I bought a light fixture a few weeks back that currently had a black-light. I figured I could swap the tube eventually for a regular T8. Then I found today another one similar but more standard and it came with a working T8 bulb.

I plugged both up and played around with the positioning and now there is a huge difference in the way the tank looks.

This is old lighting with the 10 gallon Incandescent top:


Now look at the new lighting with the t8 and the blacklight:


I look forward to much happier plant growth now that this is set up. Together both light fixtures ran me under 5 bucks. :3

This is a top view of the set up:
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Old 08-14-2012, 07:34 PM   #120
 
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THRIFT STORES FTW!! Nice!

That's awesome...what a difference!

I like how you have two just sitting over top of the tank lol :D Btw I just ordered my lighting for the 75 so whenever you want to talk about the hood for the 29/20L It will be here within a week i think.
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