Hi, I seen you reply to me on the rant thread, I figured I'd reply to you here to not disrupt the other thread.
I was mainly looking over the sick betta threads because I knew something was off with mine (turned out to be velvet) and was trying to find something similar. Sometimes the main posts about the illnesses confuse me more since I'm still learning most the lingo.
I'm not too bad in public so long as no one really talks to me suddenly/asks something of me. I kinda prepare myself before talking to a sales person/the cashier. Anyways I got what I needed today (I think). I have my own thread where I'm keeping up on what's going on with him atm if you were interested.
I hope messaging you here was ok because I couldn't find a way to PM you ^^;
Luckily no foul smells so far, although I do have some funky ol' slime.
More and more I'm leaning towards the channoides as the ideal fish - pretty, docile, happy in my tank size and water parameters, only having small broods and not as difficult as some of the more crazy wilds. (Please correct me if I'm wrong!). Will they definitely be happy to share a tank with a small school of embers and pygmy corydoras? I already have the embers but I can forgo the pygmies if they would disturb the bettas. :) It looks like, if I don't go for channoides, a Jodi-Lea male splendens is the backup plan, since I've got so much mixed feedback on all the other species I've investigated.
Will channoides also be content with just a hardscape, as long as it provides plenty of shelter? Is there any likelihood of them spawning in my setup?
Sorry to keep bothering you, it's just that you are the big brains of wild bettas, and I want very much to get this right.
No, you got me right, I was surprised by the cheapiness. I really hope that some channoides pass through - I'll snap them right up. I only hope they'll be happy in my Amazon tank. How much cover do they like? Should I build them a cave? At the moment I've only got two pieces of gold vine and a rock, with plenty of IAL. I'm kind of hoping the vine stays floating, because it looks really cool like that. Next step is to acquire pygmy cories.
I just had a gander at burdigalas - pretty!
I gave into temptation last night and bought a BN pleco (he'll winter indoors then head out to the pond during warm weather) and a trio of fundolopanchax gardnerii (two females, one male). I just cannot resist those adorable, fat, smiley faces.