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        12-07-2012, 03:48 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
    Soo..I finally have pictures, lol, I just have to upload them all seperatly I think..lol.
    Here's Zoro:

    Here's Jeremiah:

    Here's Iggy:

    And I have to get one of my two crowntail's later. It turned out horrible, lol.
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        12-15-2012, 02:44 AM
      #22
    Yearling
    Those are great pics. I have two :) they are fun :)
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        12-22-2012, 12:57 PM
      #23
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Reno Bay    
    When I worked at a pet store I learned a good rule of thumb. 1 gallon per 1 inch of fish (so a 2.5 inch fish, adult size, would require 2.5 gallons). I always liked to have huge tanks for my fishies though XD

    And goldfish owners...oh my god. Especially when they're getting feeder goldfish.
    "They don't need filters" ...yes they do.
    "Good thing they're cheap cause they die quickly" ...cause most people don't care for goldfish properly. A goldfish with proper care, even feeders, can live up to 40 years...
    Just wanted to point out that the 1" per gallon "rule" has been proven to be extremely flawed. By that way of thinking, you could put a 12" fish in a 12 gallon tank...which wouldn't be physically possible. In addition, it doesn't take into account fish species that produce large amounts of waste, such as goldfish and livebearers (mollies, platies, swordtails and hippies). Put a 2" goldfish in a 2 gallon tank and the water will be fouled with waste within 12 hours. Also, when stocking a tank, ALWAYS stock for the adult size of the fish, never the size they are currently. Put a fish in a tank it will outgrow and stunting occurs (painful process where the organs of the fish continue growing but the skin doesn't...leads to a rather horrible death for the fish).

    That being said, your betraying boys are beautiful, Iseul. I've kept bettas for several years, many in divided tanks. It can work, but depends largely on the bettas' personalities. If they are laid-back and not largely aggressive, it can work beautifully. If you want additional insurance, place tall, full silk (or live aquarium plants) along the dividers on either side to break up lines of sight. Bettas are very visual, so if they can't see a potential "threat" (i.e. Another male), they won't react.
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        12-22-2012, 02:06 PM
      #24
    Green Broke
    They actually all have their own tanks now..aside from the male/female crowntails, they're in a divided tank together.

    Jeremiah seems very happy, he has a bubble nest in the corner of his new tank (csnt see other males anymore) and bubbles all along the edges (until I clean it monday..lol). He wont eat though..Ive tried feeding him 4 different typs of food and he doesnt eat it..Im at a loss of what to do. He hasnt eaten for 2-3 weeks. I keep buying different foods to try and the rest will eat every type, and he doesnt..

    Zoro is doing good I think, he has a little bridge in his tank and he seems to love swimming through it and hanging out underneath it. He gets all excited when I walkin and play with him (follows my finger and my red feeding stick).

    Iggy just kinda swims around when he sees me and then chills along the edge waiting for food (feed them every other day).

    Chantilly and Andre are more stoic and just swim around lazily and chill..lol.

    I have to say that Zoro is definitely my favourite..My uncle wants to take Iggy or Andre though..So Im debating on that.
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        12-22-2012, 02:28 PM
      #25
    Trained
    Try feeding him frozen (thawed) bloodworms soaked in pure garlic juice. Put a cube of bloodworms in a cup of tank water to thaw, then use a pair of tweezers to pick them up. Open a small jar of minced garlic (in its own juice, NOT in oil), dip the bloodworm in it, then dangle it in the water at the top of the tank.

    Also, I've found my bettas LOVE the New Life Spectrum betta pellets from Petco, but don't really care for the other kinds and don't like flakes. A little more expensive, but well worth it.

    It won't hurt him not to eat for a few days. I generally feed my fish (bettas included) every other day or so. I'm going to be setting up a 120g tank at tax time next year.
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        12-22-2012, 09:38 PM
      #26
    Green Broke
    Ill have to try the garlic juice..he isnt interested in just the bloodworms, so hopefully that'll help him eat something. I know they can go for a week just fine, but I'm starting to get worried since it's been over 2 weeks.. D:

    Ill try and find some of that food..I think I might already have it, but if not Ill go get some and try it out.

    Also, my uncle got Andre and Chantilly today, his fiance said she may try breeding them and see how it goes. Im not too sad to see them go, as they were definitely lacking in the personality department.

    I bought by mum one of her own today as well as her Christmas present (she wont admit she likes them, but I catch her looking and talking to them all the time, haha. I took pictures of a few nice, healthy ones that were at the store and she chose a red/black/grey Twin Tail Halfmoon (most expensive! Lol). She was putting her hands around the cup trying to warm it up after the drive home (I hate putting ac or heat on lol) from Petsmart. He's staying in the cup for the night, and he has a nice 2.5 gal that Im putting sand/gravel in with some of the decor things tomorrow morning. I know she'll eventually move him into the kitchen so she can talk to him everyday, so Im glad I spent $35 of my $50 christmas gift from my uncle on a gift that my mum'll enjoy that I do as well.
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        12-23-2012, 01:58 PM
      #27
    Green Broke
    So..here we have mum's betta (I get to take care of though, lol). She hasnt named him yet, she just realized this morning that she was suppose to name him, haha

    I'm a bit curious about him, coz it seems like he tries to go to the bottom soo bad, but his body just floats and wont let him sink. Im going to google and such, but figured I'd ask here as well :p

    So, here's the tank, and then NoName:





    I'll try and get a better picture another time, but Im suppose to be cleaning and not playing with the fish, lol.
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        12-23-2012, 02:37 PM
      #28
    Trained
    Sounds like he might have a swim bladder issue. Fast him for a couple days, then feed him a bit of chopped up frozen (thawed and skinned) pea.

    As for breeding them...make sure you do TONS of research. They are considered to be one of the most difficult fish to breed and most time consuming because you have to watch the male and female to make sure they don't rip each other apart, the fry are among the most sensitive (but at the same time, they can have up to 500 fry in one drop), and once the juveniles are old enough to sex, the males must be removed, jarred separately in heated 1/2 gallon containers and water changes done daily to keep ammonia levels at a minimum (because it's not easy to individually filter so many small containers).
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        12-23-2012, 04:08 PM
      #29
    Green Broke
    I think he does have swim bladder issue. Im thinking he got stressed on the way home because I had to slam my brakes on for stupid people a few times, plus it was cold. Online it also said that twintails are more prone because of their body size being shorter.

    I had actually put them in together after about a week (took the divider out) and had about 50 containers for the fry, but they never bred, so I gave them to my uncle and his fiance. They got along with each other fine aside from his fins getting bit up. I wont be attempting to breed again anytime soon though, sticking to just males.

    Im also debating taking some water out of the new guys tank because google said it might help a little.
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        12-23-2012, 08:00 PM
      #30
    Yearling
    Beautiful bettas Iseul!
    I currently have seven male bettas and two females. I'll have to see if I can get some photos of my gang. =)
         
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