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post #1 of 33 Old 11-24-2012, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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Bettas, finally!

Well..ever since Joey died years ago I've wanted another betta. I decided to tell my mum I was getting one and there was nothing she could do about it and she suprisingly said fine but she wasn't cleaning or paying for them thus time (I was too young to know better with Joey), and I went to the store with $20 I made cleaning and another $20 from my paycheck and ended up bringing 4 home..lol.

I've been trying to get half decent pictures, but my camera just will NOT get a decent shot!
So..I have 3 male and one female.

Half-moon male..Who I have yet to name. He's my new pride and joy, lol. I'm going to be getting a female to breed him with soon. He's a really light grey/blue and grey/purple with light grey horizontal stripes and White tipped fins, absolutely stunning to look at!
Mix-Breed male, Jeremiah. I believe he's a veiltail, but his breed is unknown. He's extremely territorial (moving him to his own container without a divider end of this week) and he's a dark blue with fading fins. His fins are LONG, and he was the first one I looked at in the store.
Crowntail male, Andre. He's a kinda metallic teal colour with a black head. He's absolutely terrified of any movements! I thought my camera was going to put him into shock, haha.
Crowntail female, Chantilly. She's small, but she has a great personality! I took her up to show my Nana in the little cup she came in and was a champ about it. She'll follow my finger around and move away from it as well. She's mostly just dark blue, and I plan on breeding her with Andre.(:

So, if I'm ever able to get a decent picture, I'll post them. But, any tips or suggestions for plants and anything in the new tanks I'll be buying this next month?
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post #2 of 33 Old 11-24-2012, 02:12 PM
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Snapping photos of fish can be tricky - luckily bettas are among the easiest to "pose" as you can manipulate the males into their "display" mode (either putting them w/in view of each other or with use of a mirror) and then snap away -- much easier than more "darty" fish. What sort of camera are you using? One of the most common issues is back-flash caused by the glass, is that what you are encountering? Is it a focus issue? Their movement can make it hard to get a good, clear picture so altering the settings of your camera can help to compensate for that.
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post #3 of 33 Old 11-24-2012, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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I think it's just because my camera sucks for anything but horses outside..lol. I've tried every option and mode (flash and not) and they all come out blurry or too dark to see anything (even with the lights on). So, I'm guessing I'll have to wait until my camera for Christmas that I'm almost positive will be able to get decent pictures. ;;

I know Jeremiah will be the best to photograph since he's in a divider tank with the half-moon until I can get a chance to figure out how to get the plants to stay or I get to the store for his own tank.
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post #4 of 33 Old 11-24-2012, 02:46 PM
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I love Bettas. I had an albino Veiltail...but unfortunately I went on vacation for a week and mom forgot to feed him -__-

Do their tanks have lights in the tops? I always find that helps with fishy pictures.

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Their tanks don't have lights..but I did find my phone takes decent pictures that you can actually see, haha.
My mum overfed Joey and he bloated up and died..lol. I was so devastated, I wanted to bury him in the backyard, but dad flushed him. .-.
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Their tanks don't have lights..but I did find my phone takes decent pictures that you can actually see, haha.
My mum overfed Joey and he bloated up and died..lol. I was so devastated, I wanted to bury him in the backyard, but dad flushed him. .-.
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Parents...it's funny how they try to instill responsibility in you and then when you rely on them for a short period of time they lack it XD

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Mhm..horrible, lol. I swear my mum tries to hold me back from being responsible. Her version of responsibility is doing all the housework..she works and lays on the couch. I work too, and I'm pretty sure mine is all labour while she sits at a desk and types or stands in the field writing on a notepad..So she's a real good role model for responsibility, lmao.

I got the fish to teach myself a little more about not spending money on stupid stuff. Sure the fish are cheap, but I refuse to let them die because I didn't feed them and bought a pack of cigarettes instead of their food. They're too beautiful, and they're still a pet, even though my Nana told me I was stupid because they're too much work/money for just what they are, lol.
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Tank setup:
At least 5g per betta. (Divided tanks are a disaster waiting to happen).
Heaters (temp should be a constant 80*F).
Filters with adjustable flow (i like Duetto50 or 100).
Live plants (vals, sags, java fern, etc).
Fluorescent lights (incandescents get too hot and promote algae growth).
Mopani wood. Bettas appreciate tannin stained water.
Tightly fitting lids (bettas are great jumpers)

For picture taking:
Black backgrounds (bettas will appreciate dark backgrounds all if the time). I use black construction paper cause it's cheap.
Tank lights on, room lights off. Pics work better at night.
Use a pen/pencil/marker to get the bettas to flare for pics.
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Maintenance:
Change 25% of the water weekly
Never change the filter media
Feed a good quality betta pellet. You can supplement with frozen bloodworms (not freeze dried). I feed a de shelled and chopped up pea once per week and fast my bettas once per week to prevent bloat.

Read up on the nitrogen cycle and fishless cycling.
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How come divided tanks are accidents waiting to happen?
My room I have them in stays a consistent 75-78 all year round, so I'm not exactly worried about the water temp (online says 76-80F).
I'm going to get another tank (to separate all the males into different tanks without divider) and some plants (looking into silk or live) in a little bit tonight. I'm going to get a cave or something for each as well as the plants.
Breeding tank is going to be a 10gal with sand, live plants and rocks/caves for female hiding. Hopefully with a floating plant or something for the bubble nest, lol.
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