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  1. It's about time I started a journal. Thank you to @Streetwise for the help of starting this. Im gonna start this off with my favorite fish of all time: (Mini) Bob the spotted congo puffer Named after Mr. Bob Steenfott. From this point forward, Bob is the pufferfish and Mr. Steenfott is Mr. Steenfott. When I broke my leg, Mr. Steenfott and my friend/coach/teacher Hutch planned a day where we all went to the co-op for fun. At the end, Mr. Steenfott got me this fish under one condition, it had to be named Bob. This was in 2018. You might think it is weird that a teacher took me on this trip, but Hutch is more of a family member because my entire family has known him for a very long time even before this trip. In the photo of the yellow background is the very first time I saw Bob, I sent a picture to my family because this was my dream fish and had never seen one in person before. He was such a skinny lad. After a couple months from the start of the pandemic (June 2020) I upgraded him from an anubias only 20g with a hang on the back filter to a 40g with a canister filter, sand, multiple drift wood pieces, and a plethora of different plant species. On December 16, 2020 Hutch passed away unexpectedly which broke my community's hearts and still leaves a scar. But I have Bob to remind me of all the good times and one of the best days of my life. Today, Bob lives happily in the 40g where he gets to hunt guppies, shrimp, earthworms, bloodworms, snails, clams, and pogostemon stellatus stems.
  2. I have a small addiction to bettas. Whole currently I only own one tank, I have three others on standby that are "someday betta tanks". My parents, however, are not keen ok fish tanks. So, show off your favorite bettas so I can live vicariously through you! Heres mine!
  3. I decided that I hated the colored gravel in my beta sorority tank, and now that my fiancé has her glow tank and her angelfish beach (I know, I know) tank, it is time to lose the colored gravel. so this is the piece of wood I am starting with. I have to reshape it a bit, so it’s hatchet time.
  4. I have been in the process of building a 150 gallon outdoor pond. My Upper Management (aka wife) has not been overly thrilled about the idea and even less about the associated cost. My efforts to get her interested in it have all but failed ….that was until…. I got an idea to build her a tank of her own. She had once talked about long ago she had a beta in a bowl on her desk with plants in it and she loved it. So this is the start of me building her a upscale version that she will call hers. This is the tank….it’s a Landen 45cm Cube 21 gallon AIO tank
  5. To be fair, he was nearly white and super skinny and sickly in the cup. I put him in one of our plant bays at work and fed him frozen mysis, bloodworms, and baby brine for a week and now he’s gorgeous! I haven’t had a betta that wasn’t a rescue or surrender since I was a child, but I’m now remembering why they’re such incredible fish. I put him in the 11 gallon aio cube because we were having trouble sourcing a pea puffer for it, so now I’ll have to create a new scape for our future pea puffer ohhh noooooo 😂 Anyway, here’s Jack Frost, he’s a stunner even though he’s just a veiltail. Here’s a short video that shows off the beautiful icy blue shimmer over his golden fins. I had just fed him some white worms in the above photo, so he’s got a nice full belly. I’m a firm believer in bettas having full bellies, it’s what gives them the strength to haul around their large finnage. Anyway, I’m really proud of the progress this little dude has made and I look forward to seeing how he grows and changes over time. He has such great personality! Who else has a betta that had a gorgeous transformation? I’d love to see. I wish I had before photos of Jack, but I didn’t think I’d get so attached to him, so I didn’t bother 🤦‍♀️ Silly me.
  6. I was wondering how bettas have become very fragile lately, and likely due to breeding practices, and whether or not the "hardy betta" still exists? What would be the closest to wild splendin one can get?
  7. Hi, I think my betta fish has a mild case of fin rot and I was wondering if the aquarium co-op method of using a single dose of ich-x and maracyn is effective. I added my betta a couple months ago into an established (about 9 months old) 10g tank with 3 zebra danios, a red minor tetra, and a snail. About 3 weeks ago I decided to add 3 more zebra danios because one was killed by the other 2. About 2 weeks ago I noticed my betta's fins were getting clearer and more ragged around the edges. I suspect that adding the extra zebras may have stressed my betta and started the fin rot. I tested my water and it had 0ppm ammonia, 0ppm nitrites, and 20ppm nitrates. I moved my betta into a hospital bowl and treated him for over a week with aquarium salt and daily water changes, gradually increasing the dose to 3tsp per gallon. This seemed to slow down the sickness but it looked like it was still getting worse. My betta seems to be acting healthy minus the look of his fins but I didn't want to take any chances so I decided to go with a stronger treatment. I watched the aquarium co-op video on how to treat fin rot and decided to try this method. Here are a few current pics of him sorry for the bad quality. To me it seems like his fins are slowly losing color and receding. Its more noticeable on his top fin. I'm still not 100% sure this is fin rot because his fins are not completely deteriorating but they do seem like they have gotten worse over the past 2 weeks. Do you guys think this is fin rot and I should keep treating it? I have just moved my betta to a hospital 10g with a heater and bubbler and added 1 packet of Maracyn and 1 tsp of Ich-X. I guess my question is will a single dose of each med be enough for a week of treatment? I'm asking this because both medicines say to dose daily throughout the treatment and I haven't found much information online of whether the aquarium co-op approach works. I want to be able to treat my betta within this week because I will be going out of town soon and it will be a little harder to have someone else treat him when I'm gone. Thank you for any help or advice.
  8. Hey everyone I hope you're doing good! Can I keep a betta with a rainbow shark and platies/mollies in a 20 tall tank? Thanks
  9. My betta is not moving one of his side fins ,he seems to avoid not moving although I have seen him move it.
  10. No ammonia or nitrites, nitrates 20-30ppm. Any idea what this could be or any treatment recommendations?
  11. Hello all! I need some assistance figuring out what has developed near my betta gill plates. Any and all advice would be appreciated so I can follow through researching any possibilities. Behaviorally, there is nothing out of the norm for my dragon plakat betta, and as such the ID I've gotten elsewhere as gill hyperplasia does not seem to fit the bill. Water parameters are dialed in and maintained well in the planted community. For reference, I now test with the coop strips. Tank is stable and has been running for six ish months, pH is ~8, Nitrates are <10ppm, GH is ~150, KH is ~120, and water temp is 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Thank you!
  12. I have this recently set up betta tank, just want some comments, scape ideas…etc
  13. I have a 20G long planted tank with 5 pygmy cory, 6 albino neon tetras and 1 mystery snail. The intention was this will be a community tank for my Betta who was in a 3 gallon cube tank. He is a vail tail standard boy I have had about 6 months. The other fish have been in the tank for a few weeks. I just introduced Adolin (Betta) 30 minutes ago. I first floated him in his cup for 45-60 minutes to acclimate him to the tank and also get everyone used to each other. So far its not going great, he is chasing everything. I did have a nirite snail in his other tank just to see how he reacted to other living things and they did well. I know not all Betta's can work in this type of community. How long do I give it before giving up? I am sure he is a bit frighted with the new surroundings and could settle - but also hate to be stressing the others! I have got him to come up and take a couple pellets from me so he can know he is still getting fed. Anyone else go through this and have any suggestions? If this does not work out I will probably look into getting another 5 gallon to give him more space.
  14. Hi, I noticed earlier today that my betta seems to have injured his left eye again. It's swelled up and cloudy. It was injured once in January when netting him out of the aquarium. He injured himself again a few months later in a way I don't know the cause of. (I came home and noticed his left eye was cloudy and swelled up). Then I've noticed the same thing again today. I'm starting to wonder if there's something in his tank causing it. I've noticed him sleeping close to the heater so I'm wondering if that could be the cause, although I don't have anything definite so any other ideas are welcome. Thanks!
  15. I got this betta for a 5.5 gallon 4 weeks after 5 neon tetras passed away in the same tank. It is laying on the bottom but comes up for food or when you tap on glass. This started today I got this betta 1 week ago from my lfs. The temp is 78-80 ph 7.6/7.88 ammonia 0
  16. First off, thank you in advance for reading and for any help you can provide. So I have this Betta for about 6 months now in a live planted, 7 gallon cube tank with a small hang on the back filter. I made sure the tank was fully cycled before I moved him in and he was always a very interactive fish. Curious to anything that moved outside of his tank, coming up to the glass to say hi and was always swimming around the plants. About 3 weeks ago I noticed that he was starting to look very bloated, losing color (was very dark blue and orange) and get very lethargic. All he does is hide in his floating log and doesn't seem to want to swim around much. I was feeding him about 5 pellets or 5 freeze dried blood worms everyday (which I now realize was over feeding) so I thought he was just constipated but nothing I seem to do has helped the bloating reduce and I haven't seen any poop in the tank either. He doesn't seem to be pine coning so I don't think that it is dropsy but I am very new at keeping fish and I could be wrong. What I have tried is I started out by fasting him for 4 days and after the 4th day I began doing 10 minute Epsom salt baths every other day and when I do attempt to feed him it has been only 1 pellet at a time. I tried to substitute his food with daphnia and blanched peas because I read that both those could would help with constipation but he has completely ignored them any time I have attempted to feed thme to The tank water parameters seem to be fine and the live plants in the tank are growing well. pH 6.5, KH 0, GH 75, Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0 and Nitrate 35 Completely at a loss on what I can do for my little guy. Thanks - Chris
  17. Tank Information: - 20 gallon tank with a male plakat betta (his name is Leo) and a small group of kuhli loaches. I have had Leo for two months and the loaches for two years. I also have some anubias in there and some caves for the loaches. I have a baffled Aqueon Quiet Flow filter and a Aqueon heater. - pH is 7.6-7.8 - Ammonia is 0 - Nitrite is 0 - Nitrate is also 0 (was around 5ppm when I first added him, not sure when it became 0 to be honest) - Temperature is 76 F Background Information: Leo is a dragonscale plakat betta that I've had for two months now. However, I have noticed a very worrying decline in his activity level and his willingness to eat. about two weeks ago, he started laying on plant leaves a little more frequently, which I took as a sign that perhaps he was getting more comfortable with his habitat. Then, however, he started eating less. Even then, I didn't think much of it, bettas are sometimes picky, right? I considered the possibility he was getting too much of the loaches' food at night and that he was simply not hungry or had overeaten. I also considered that maybe his dragonsale genes were covering his eye and making it harder to actually see his food (apparently that is a thing.) I was continuing to get him to eat at least 1-2 betta pellets per day, except skip days, but it takes a long time for him to eat or be fully interested in the food. I have tried switching brands and that has not helped. I have also tried fasting him for potential digestive issues from eating too much loach food and that hasn't worked either. Current Situation: Leo over the past few days has gotten worse. Instead of of laying on leaves and being just a bit lethargic/lazy, he now floats at the top near corners or behind the heater. It seems like sometimes he has labored breathing. The problem is I haven't noticed anything visually wrong about him besides this. No ick, no velvet, no bloating, no tumors, no white tufts, no injuries, not even fin rot. I am getting very concerned. The kuhli loaches seem fine (when I get to see them, that is, but it is very normal for them to hide, so they seem fine) I bought a new heater recently, about to install it, to hopefully raise his tank temperature up from the 76 to 80-82. The lower temperature is the only thing I can determine that might be causing the lethargy, but I don't understand why he's not eating much or floating at the top despite having nothing else wrong with him, at least from what I can see. What could be the problem? What else can I do to help, besides raise the temperature? Is it possible there is something internal like parasites?Which medicines should I have on hand, and are there any I should start now? Are my low nitrates to blame? Is it possible he has some type of blockage or swim bladder issue without showing any bloating or any other visual signs? Sorry for so many questions, I just want to do what's right for him and get to the bottom of this! - Troy
  18. My rescue betta is currently in a 5G but I finally was able to get ahold of a 10 gallon for him and I want to make it planted my substrate is gonna be eco complete(unless someone has a better idea) I want a hairy carpet and some more center piece plants attached to wood and rocks and some planted In the substrate so what and how many would you do of plants I found a photo of what I kinda want it to look like
  19. Hello, This is my first time using this forum. I need help or need someone to help me. I am currently starting a betta sorority and have all five female bettas each in their own temporary 2 gallon tanks. I purchased the medication trio: paracleanse, maracyn, and ich-x. However, the instructs call for treating 10 gallons of water. My five tanks are each 2 gallons. My question is: Can I get a bucket of 10 gallon of water mix all three medication into the bucket and then pour this mixture into the individual 2 gallon tanks for each betta? If someone can please help me out, I would gratefully appreciate it. Thank you, Alex
  20. Fingers crossed. I chose today to add him because my schedule will allow me to stare at the tank as long as needed. I floated him in a breeder box for a few hours so he could get the lay of the land, and added him in the afternoon so he could explore and find a good sleeping leaf before lights out. On the side of safety: he's 2 years old, he's slightly handicapped by having ventral and pectoral fins on one side that are half the size they should be, so he's slower than the average long-finned betta. The other fish in the tank are smaller, faster, younger and more athletic. On the side of danger: he's a betta. So far, he's making rather a point of ignoring the other fish, running away from them if they swarm him in a group. And he's inspecting the gravel like someone is paying him to. No idea what he could be seeing there as I've never kept shrimps in this tank. I'll be so happy for him if it works out!
  21. Planning out my tank build. Thanks to Co-op plants will be added Thursday. Next step is going to be fish adding... Current plant is a group of 6-8 small schooling fish and a Betta. Question is add the schooling fish or betta first? Tank is 8 gallons....
  22. Hello everybody I have this red plakat betta that has been the absolute best breeder, father, and colorful. After having many many successful batches of fry from this one fish and many other females, I've been thinking about a retirement tank for him as he deserves something great because he's given me so much joy. I would love to hear y'alls thoughts on what I should add to this blank slate. And what you wouldn't recommend (like how floating mirrors are terrible. Thank you! PS. I never named him, so if you have suggestions, drop them below. He is aggressive but won't hurt a female betta for breeding
  23. Any tips for a first time betta breeder? Getting set up to do our first trial run at breeding Betta Splendens. Bought a basic veiltail blue male and female at the local chain store. Ran a “test pattern” on housing future male fry using 1-gal jugs. We change water easily and regularly, drawing from discus tank. Set up a bare-bottomed 10 gal. Added sponge filter, basic maintain-78-degree heater, hornwort, lots of water lettuce and duckweed, and one large Catappa leaf. Added male, and moved female over. Here’s a short video of how they’re prepping...
  24. I've had my Betta for around 8 months and have noticed a funny little pattern. When I wake up in the morning, or when i get home from work, he always swims right up to the front of the glass to come investigate. When I'm sitting near the tank, he likes to swim by the front glass. Otherwise, he seems to hang out in the floating roots or java Fern forest. If I can't find my little buddy, all I have to do is walk up to the tank and wait a moment and suddenly: Betta! I never expected him to be so personable! Especially compared to the other species of fish I've had.
  25. Hi there, I have a betta named Travis. Last night I noticed one of my cats was carrying something in his mouth. It was rather large for something he might find in the house and he was acting like he had a very prized catch. Eventually he stopped and dropped Travis. I picked him up and immediately got him back into his tank. He was very lethargic, fins ripped, and he was having issues maintaining upright. He eventually started sinking upside down and to my horror his only tank mate (kuhli loach) started attacking him. I imagine this was just instinct to take advantage of a dying fish. I removed Travis and placed in in a specimen container while I setup a hospital aquarium with a filter from one of my other tanks. I added some aquarium salt and Seachem Stress Guard. This was about 9 last night. 12 hours later he is still alive. He’s able to maintain position upright, but he’s clearly still recovering from this traumatic experience. In addition to the salt and stress guard, should I treat him with an antibiotic? Cat’s mouths are extremely dirty. It doesn’t look like Travis suffered any puncture wounds, but I imagine the stress could make him susceptible to a bacterial infection. I have the med trio and Seachem Metroplex and Kanaplex at my disposal. I also have some Tetra LifeGuard. I don’t want the treatment to cause additional stress. Any suggestions? I don’t know if Travis jumped out and the cat found him, in which case the cat probably saved his life by bringing it to my attention, or the cat fished him out in an attempted murder. Travis is known to flare at any cat onlookers, further enticing the cat. Thanks for reading. I greatly appreciate any help you can provide. Best, Jonathan (Travis is already a bit compromised with a growth under one of his eyes)
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