That's always nice. I love watching the boys after a water change. They are always so much more active, it's wonderful :)
haha I have a knife dedicated to cutting up stuff for the fish/lizards. It's one of those brightly colored ceramic knives so my parents won't accidentally use it lol Sometimes Walmart or Target will have a sale on knives (under $5). That seems to work pretty well. The parents don't care as long as their knives don't touch fishy food :P
Yeah Maka's still small but she's grown a bit. I did a 100% change yesterday and Aki was so happy I woke up today to find a gigantic bubble nest.
I know! The only small ones I owned when I first noticed the problem I couldn't feed him because they didn't have enough meat product. I had almost purchesed frozen brine shrimp (as my mother decided no worms would ever be entering our tanks.) but I was worried it would cost more as we spent a lot on the NLS, freee dried brine shrimp and a silk plant for Maka so I decided to wait awhile on it. I'm not exactly sure what to do with it. I know they come cubed like the freeze dried but I'm almost positive my dad would murder me if I used one of his knifes to cut it.
Female bettas are usually not more than 2 inches long when they are fully mature. Males can be 4" from nose to the longest point on their caudal fin. "Giant bettas" are giant because they are they only bettas who's bodies are over 2.5 inches. If she's still pretty small then she's likely around 1"-1.5", they always seem bigger though :D
I don't know why they make betta pellets so big, it really doesn't make any sense since most of the time you get them when they are tiny! I really love Attison's betta pellets since they are so tiny, even 1-2 month old fry can eat them. Have you tried given them frozen foods? Mine just love frozen blood worms.
Well she appears to be that size. I thought the normal size for betta's was 4 inches. She's grown a little but has mostly colored up. She's a VT and pretty small still. She's still a muddy color but her irridescent scales shine in the light beautifully.
I had been feeding Akira Aqua Culture and Bettamin to give him a more varied diet but after a week on it he began spitting it out and trying to eat it again. I realized he had a pretty small mouth so I mostly kept him on the flakes until I purchsed the Small Fish formula for both of them. They love it.
Oh I agree. She's a tough little girl though. She's about 3 inches nearly full grow excluding her tail.
She's pretty active and whenever she's over something new being put in her tank when the light hits her just right you can see the irridescent blue on her body. She's got some really pretty gold eyes. She adjusted more after I switched them both to New Life Spectrum and she gobbles them down. I think she's probably 2 and a 1/2 months old. Unfortunatly those morons at Wal-Mart used cold water to change her cup so that only made things worse. (Trust me her cup was cold to the touch.) Once I got her into her tank though she began perking up. She spent her first evening exploring and acting like a catfish. XD
Black gunk? Well it's a good thing you didn't get any then!
Ah, I see, I bet she'll be more responsive once she's settled in a bit more. And if you only got her a week ago then she probably is pretty young still. I inspected the bettas at Petsmart today (like always...), some of the girls are really tiny. They couldn't be more than 2 months old.
I ended up buying another silk plant as the live plants had this black gunk over it all.
He has become insane doing little wiggle dances whenever he see's her. Maka's barred up a little bit but looking at her closely I realized it was just her irridescent blue showing on her scales again. I got Maka last Thursday but I think she was there the week before. She had really bad stress stripes when I lifted up her cup. The strange thing is when I placed it down she relaxed and her blue showed immedietly.
Marimo balls are cute. I had some at one point and discovered that pieces can break off and spread like a carpet over EVERYTHING (gravel, decor, the glass, other plants). I think it was because it was an extremely plant friendly set up as it hasn't happened since, but it was really interesting. My fry loved it even though it made the tank look disgusting. I haven't heard of anyone else having that problem though (usually marimo balls stay ball-shaped lol).
It gives Aki something to pass the time doing at least. They are just so cute when they try to court one another. I've been surprised that all the females I just bought are really interested in the males, the instant they see one they bar right up. They must be the perfect age (4 months?). When did you get Maka?
I was thinking of maybe getting some Java moss and a marimo ball. Something easy that my dad won't have a conorary over.
If I had the means to care for fry I'd condition them but Maka is still too young. No breeding bars have appeared on her. So Aki will just have to settle for building bubble nests. I swear since I put their cups next to each other during a waterchange he's built a new bubble nest every other day. He was acting so silly too. Puffing himself up, flaring wiggling around. Maka reacted a little with some flaring too but she was mainly un-interested.