Hello everyone! My name is Shannon and as the topic title suggests, a newbie around these parts :). One evening I was hanging out at my neighbors and saw that she had three really cool fish bowls lit by a single LED hanging over them. She showed me her fish in them -all bettas- and I was just awestruck at how beautiful they were and yet how different and unique each one was. All three had distinct personalities to match as well! We appreciated them for quite a bit, and I was even more surprised to find out that she had bought them and their little abodes from Wal-Mart. Could you really blame me to just take a look next time I was there?
Enter: Epic. He was so gorgeous and has such a daring courageous little personality I couldn't NOT take him. I bought one of those modernized little bowls and happily trundled home.
He seemed pretty content in his new home, and after a few days he made an impressive little bubble nest which was extremely cool to see. But I just wasn't satisfied with the bowl. The shape of it distorted how he looked and the water dirtied easily. I've had various other kinds of aquariums in the past and it never made complete sense to me how -any- fish could live happily in a 1/4 gal of stagnant water anyway.
So as of yesterday, Epic has a new home. I bought him a 2 gallon Fluval SPEC off of Amazon and as of yet am VERY impressed with the tank. I plan on writing a full review on it after I've had it for a little bit of time (and I set it up how I want, it is currently adorned with whatever I got from Wal-Mart) but out of all the tanks I've seen none have struck me the way this one has. First off it has a built in overflow and a three stage filtration, complete with biomedia and carbon encased in a very thick but porous sponge-like material. The dimensions are set like a column and the edges are decorated by brushed aluminum accents -very cool- and the glass to the overflow is frosted so the mechanisms aren't visible. It also has a very nice pump with a small powerhead on which you can adjust the strength. I have it on the lowest and I'm not sure if I'm going to keep it on constantly (bet you guys could help me with that!) but it really pushes when its on the high setting. As for the light? About 20 LEDs that radiate full spectrum (can't remember how much power but its significant for the size) and let me tell you it is a beautiful thing. This tank combined with the filtration system, pump, and lighting honestly comes pretty well prepared for a mini-reef, if one were to so desire. However I'm going to utilize it for growing some nice greenery for Mr. Epic instead :).
As if my post wasn't long enough, at the very least I will post a couple photos I took of my little guy last night fresh in his new aquarium. I still have yet to discovery the finery of betta photography but its better than nothing. Mostly I was curious... I was told that he is a Crowntail Betta, and judging from photos that seems to be correct. But I was wondering, how big is he going to get? From what I can tell from a sticky he is just a multi-colored wild type, is that correct? Tell me about betta shows... how do they work, what is judged, etc? I don't think that I would partake myself but I've shown horses and dogs and wonder how you'd judge a fish. At first I was feeding him the pellets that came with the water tabs but last night I got him some bloodworms and boy does he love them. My question is how many should I feed him, how often, and should I feed anything else? Last note... I've noticed the red specks on his head have increased and grown darker since I've had him. What does this mean? Or is he just changing color?
Ok seriously, I'm done!