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post #381 of 481 Old 04-27-2013, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for your book Ches! I really appreciate you taking the time to write that all up for me :) Given the circumstances, I'm thinking I'll just observe them for 2 weeks, and if anything looks even remotely suspicious I'll do a heat treatment/protozoan treatment. I'm still very leery, to the point that I'm not even wanting to buy more but I just feel so bad with only the 5 in my tank :/ Ugh I hate being so wound up over it, I'm just so unsure. It may not have even BEEN the loaches that caused it but...I don't know. We'll cross that bridge when we get there! We still have miles to go :)

On the bright side, I'm getting some new growth on my crypts! SMALL VICTORIES. :D

So my sister and I had a look around a few of the LFS' in town, and there's a betta at one, in this tiny itty bitty .01 gallon bowl who's been there for months. He's gorgeous, and so feisty, tons of personality. I'm so tempted to buy him (her? I've been on the assumption it's a plakat, but it could be female...) but I have no where to put it, unless I divided the 20, but I refuse to expose my rasboras to new germs. I could get a 3 gallon from wally world that's on sale and set that up, but, idk :( It would be temporary until the 20 is free, and so much better than that bowl.

Wahhhh :(
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post #382 of 481 Old 04-27-2013, 07:18 PM
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Sounds like a good plan to me! :) My books don't necessarily MEAN anything in the grand schemes of things, but it's how I view the fish world, for now, anyway, lol. Doesn't mean I'm right. . . I'm still learning, too - and super paranoid! I understand how you feel. It's gonna be okay, it's gotta be!

And HUZZAH FOR CRYPT GROWTH! Always happy news - especially after such a dramatic melt, lol.

Awwww, you fell in love with a new fishy! It's so easy to do. :) You could get a 3 or even a 5. Either would be more room then the poor thing has now! Even a cheap Critter Keeper would be fantastic for QT of a Betta. They're handy to have around, anyway. You'll have to let us know what you decide, and share pics if you bring her (him) home! I'm sure loads of people on BF can tell you exactly what it is if you show a picture.
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It's just the prettiest fish ever, and he/she 'follows' me around the store. Ugh I told myself no more tanks >.< I'm a terrible promise keeper. It's solid black with rows of iridescent spots.

I really don't want to support the shop buying more bettas, but that fish has been there for months, I think due to the short fins, ie it's not 'pretty'. The 3 gallon is just this little Tetra LED cube that's on sale for $15 (comes with light & internal filter), the lights are super weak. I'd have to get sand for it and plants, but I'm not too worried about cycling issues, I have that whole giant bag of media in the QT that can be used.

I love your books, I really do! I always go back and read them several times over to make sure I didn't miss anything, and that I understand what I've read.

The melt is mostly over, but I still have a few old leaves clinging on for dear life. *sigh* But the new growth gives me hope that it wasn't all for naught.
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lol, Multiple Tank Syndrome is a documented thing around here ;)

A set up like that for $15 is worth having just to keep around, in my opinion. Tiny tanks come in handy sometimes. . . not that I'm encouraging you, or anything. But some promises were made to be broken. . . and as long as yourself forgives you for the breakage, I'm sure it'd be juuuuuuuuust fine! *innocent eyes*
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Unfortunately those kits sold out, but after some thought (and a few people urging me to do it, haha ;) Enablers!) I went ahead and just pieced together a 10 gallon, filter, heater and light.

And then I brought Lionheart home :) She (!!) has been very busy investigating absolutely everything in the tank, and trying to eat anything she can fit in her mouth. And, shocker, although I could have sworn she was black in the store, she ended up being a caramel-y brown with black stripes and bits of color on her fins. I'm pretty sure that's the standard female betta color, right? :)
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post #386 of 481 Old 04-29-2013, 10:04 AM
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THAT'S my girl!!! 10g tanks FTW! Enabling is what we do best. Get as many fish as possible under those that love and take good care of them - it's a win-win situation for all involved!!!

No idea about female Betta coloration, but Lionheart seems like a pretty little thing! I like her name, too. It sounds like she's settling right in and enjoying her new home - of course she is! I'm glad she ended up in your care. . .

You already know we all are going to want pics, so I don't know why I just bothered to type this sentence. . .
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post #387 of 481 Old 04-29-2013, 10:09 AM
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Pics... pics... pics....

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Total years fish keeping experience: 7 months, can't start counting in years for a while yet.

The shotgun approach to a planted tank with an LED fixture

Small scale nitrogen cycle with a jar, water and fish food; no substrate, filter etc
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I read that in this little chanting voice xD

Okay, it's your decision. Pics now while the tank is still barebottom (waiting on sand from Amazon)

....or pics later when it's properly planted and not just masses of floating stuff?
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I read that in this little chanting voice xD

Okay, it's your decision. Pics now while the tank is still barebottom (waiting on sand from Amazon)

....or pics later when it's properly planted and not just masses of floating stuff?
First, I am disappointed that you would use a "little chanting voice" as I was actually using my stadium full of hockey fans thunderous voice.... BAH!

Second, consider it a before and after pic. We don't judge, we just enjoy.

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The shotgun approach to a planted tank with an LED fixture

Small scale nitrogen cycle with a jar, water and fish food; no substrate, filter etc
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post #390 of 481 Old 04-29-2013, 11:14 AM
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I agree - BOTH is the correct reply here! ^__^ "Yes, please!" could work, too!

See, I 'heard' it in an excited little jumping up and down voice. Like an excited toddler. Sorry JDM!
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