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.
I'm sure you're right. I'll get some peat and continue with the IAL. Plenty of Oak around, so I'll get some, too. I'll try to emulate the pictures I see of your set-up. Can't do much about the pH. It's already the lowest of all my tanks.
It's just confusing because he became shy over time. Was quite a personality when I first got him.
All my tanks are bare-bottom. I find it so easy to keep clean and to monitor feces, a task I think important in the keeping of animals....and kids. He has lots of Anubias and Java moss to hide in, plus two pots and a mossball.
I've thought of peat moss (especially as my water is so hard), also oak leaves and IAL. I do slip an IAL in there every once-in-a-while. He rewards me with a bubble nest, but it makes it harder to see for feeding, cleaning and monitoring. I'm going to give it a try, though. My sponge filtered tanks are difficult to keep the pH down in. They might benefit, also. He's not in those; his tank reads 7.4pH.
It's not that he's still shy, it's that he became shy over a period of weeks after a month of behaving like a normal, personable Betta---jumping for food, flaring and hanging out. I thought of taking out all his plants and his filter...just leave him a heater to hide behind. But that sounds stressful for him.
Yes, I still have the invisible smarigdina. Little is more frustrating than keeping the most beautiful (pet) fish I've ever seen in real life, and rarely see it...and never colored up. And now he's probably too old to breed, so I'm not sure anyone else would want him.
Maybe something in a Unimaculata complex. I want a water-puppy.