Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Rural northern NV
Thank you all. In the past many of my betta were "rescued" from Walmart or Petco...which, sadly, makes them just go and do the same to replacement fish. But watching a poor little guy (or in one case girl) lying on the bottom of a cup with about half inch water just makes me want to scream.
Because my space and $ is limited I can only occassionaly add a new family member. So I went for pretty!
My tanks get about 25-50% change once a week as I syphon ick off the gravel. Originally I was doing twice a week but I got a brainstorm and put in a (baffled) filter and instead of spending the bucks on constantly getting new filters, I bought a small net bag, some Fluval biiomax filter media and sandwich them between Biomax fiklter media that I cut to size. The tanks have been running for about 3 months now and I have myself some BB going. I also use R/O water (a mini unit good for my small needs from DrsFosterSmith) since the water where I live is pretty bad. I replace what's needed with Kent Liquid R/O right and use a 7.0 stabilizer buffer. Between all that (plus Seachem Pirme and a dash of aquarium salt as an added precautions) my tanks stay pretty stable. It took awhile to figure out this "formula" since the tanks are so small...but it's working out well and my boys are happy. Recently bought a 10 gallon tank which I hope to either divide for a couple more boys (or girls) separated or maybe a sorority. Thinking about it while I get the tank up and running and stabilized.
And thank you to BettaNewbie 60 for encouragement and on pcitures of your divided tank. My silicon failed the first time and I almost had a heavyweight match going LOL. All are back small tanks that I kept running just in case and you've inspired me to try again.
Monkeyface - HMPK male and Casper - DTHMPK male
Floyd and Bernie - both CT males
Troy Donohue - RIP
Ft. Knox Al- OHM male
Tic-Tac - female Chinese Crested dog