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post #391 of 481 Old 04-29-2013, 11:25 AM
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See, I 'heard' it in an excited little jumping up and down voice. Like an excited toddler. Sorry JDM!
Excited toddler.... I guess I'd better work on my online voice, this is depressing.

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post #392 of 481 Old 04-29-2013, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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I was thinking along the lines of a bunch of tribesmen around a campfire. xD Although for some reason they have high pitched voices.

Once I can find batteries I'll snap a few pics.

And she's definitely a girl! I found her 'egg spot', finally.
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Although for some reason they have high pitched voices.
BAHAHA! It keeps getting worse!


Yay for girl power! Can't wait to see her!
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Sorry this took so long, we had company all day :(

Speaking of company though, my friend from college came over to visit. She's in nursing school and is at the top of her class. This is how the conversation went when she noticed my 10 gallon tank.

"What's in that tank?"
"A betta fish."
"You gave a betta fish a tank?"
"Yes....they like to swim around too."
"I have mine in a bowl, he's perfectly happy."
"They like to have space too, and be warm and have a filtered tank."
"Bettas don't need a filter."
"....."
"Aren't you going to put anything else in that tank?"

I just kind of gave up, I didn't even know what to say. So I ended up just linking her a TFK article on FB. /sigh

ANYWAYS. This is Lionheart, and her very ugly tank with the really crappy filter that definitely needs to be chucked :D
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Also I was thinking of eventually putting shrimp in this tank, but I think she may be too aggressive for that. A few small snails had hitched a ride over on the plants, and now I'm just seeing empty shells...I think she may have eaten them, as she picks constantly at anything small enough to get in her mouth.

EDIT: Oh, and that large driftwood will probably get removed when I get substrate in. I was just trying to give her more hiding places to get out of the light and be more comfortable.
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Also I was thinking of eventually putting shrimp in this tank, but I think she may be too aggressive for that. A few small snails had hitched a ride over on the plants, and now I'm just seeing empty shells...I think she may have eaten them, as she picks constantly at anything small enough to get in her mouth.

EDIT: Oh, and that large driftwood will probably get removed when I get substrate in. I was just trying to give her more hiding places to get out of the light and be more comfortable.
Nice setup.... the floating sword gives the tank a slightly surreal look. Are you just going to pop a little sponge filter on this? Interesting markings for a Betta.

The shrimp might be OK if they are mostly grown and you give them a really craggy piece of driftwood to hide on... lots of deep cracks and holes where she cannot get at them.

I do wonder how your friend knows their Betta is perfectly happy... must have had it fill out a quality of life survey...

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Oh, and I forgot to mention the part where I told her my betta was female, and she says "Aren't those the ugly ones?"

*sigh*

I'm not quite sure what I'm going to due in regards to filtration. I had an airpump and I was thinking of just getting a sponge filter, but when I plugged the air pump in to make sure it still worked, it's not. And that thing was silent when it worked. :( It still buzzes but it's not pumping any air.

It depends on prices at my LFS, and what they have in stock. If there's an AC 20 I may just go with that and baffle it, my AC30 quieted down a lot since I got the new motor and let the impeller build up a slime coat.

Hm, I may just keep that giant hunk of wood then, it's full of holes and crags for them to hide, and I'm planning on planting pretty dense. Although I think I'll have to keep the plants quite short, she seems to have difficulty swimming amongst lots of plants, her muscles are probably non-existant after her bowl stint.


Right? Is the fact that it's alive enough to classify a fish as happy now? Ugh. So frustrating.
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Right? Is the fact that it's alive enough to classify a fish as happy now? Ugh. So frustrating.
Yes, that is one very happy fish.... seeing as she is still alive.

We were at the LFS last week picking up our new corys and I happened to say to the manager that these were going to be new friends for Pepper (the decrepit cory)... My daughter rolled her eyes as we have had talks about how people anthropomorphize their fish and it drives her around the bend when she hears her friends doing just that... and they want to add more fish to their betta bowl as well.

I'm honestly not sure how that slipped out at the store as I don't buy into the fishy friends thing either.

Sidenote... Oscar ate four kiblbles this morning. YAY!

He must be happy now that his tummy is feeling better....

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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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I just flipping adore your daughter. Does she try to educate her friends? That's just awesome.

Ugh, I'll admit that I fell into the betta bowl scam a few years ago, but now it just drives me mad to see it. I clean house for a woman who has two betta fish, and they're in large bowls that are filled with cheap plastic toys, marbles, figurines, and anything else she can possibly put in there. And what's even worse is the visible level of dust on the water surface. She keeps them alive for a few months and then just replaces them when they die. Same for her saltwater tank. It drives me insane.

YES! So HAPPY to hear that he's eating, I was so worried about him since he quit :( He eats NLS pellets right?

Also, I mentioned to my mom that my air pump wasn't working so she decided to try and fix it for me. 5 minutes later and it works like a charm again. +10 points for awesome technologically minded mothers.
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Oh yeah, she does.

The best was in grade 7 and 8, she has friends that "dated" which amounted to holding hands while not talking to their "boyfriends" at recess. When Kierstyn is asked to comment (it's all about the notoriety at that point) her response is "Why do you bother? It's not going to last anyway."

Luckily she's not interested in boys at all and doesn't get the whole dating thing... unluckily that will come back to bite me in the ass when she falls for some guy and has no social background to "get it".

Daughters... BAH!

Back to fish, yes, NLS sinking kibbles... whoever called them pellets?

Go Mom!

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