(hereafter I'll be including Prince Kaida and Bentley's whereabouts)
Ten Gallon (cycling for sorority)
Today I went to PetCo to buy test kits and Acrylic Tank Manufacturers nitrifying bacteria, but I only had enough to buy the bacteria. I went back home and got a bottle full of the 10-gallon's tank water and got it tested for free back at the store, and the guy said everything looked good except for nitrate (or nitrite...I forget ;-;), and suggested the exact same product I was about to buy, lol. He seemed pretty knowledgeable about the subject, actually, and seemed relieved when I told him there weren't actually any fish in the tank and I was letting it cycle. I bought the bacteria and dumped the correct amount into the tank maybe twenty minutes ago, and on Thursday when I go to take care of the kitties I'll have the water tested again. Hopefully by next weekend I can get some otos to take care of the diatoms outbreak (it's all over the cheesecloth baffle, so it won't really ever be gotten rid of which is kind of a plus so the otos can have a small constant supply of the algae). I'll leave them in there to get used to their surroundings for a couple of days, then put in the girls. Hopefully by putting the otos in first the bettas will be less attack-y toward them (if at all). I'm also hoping to find some big rocks to make algae rocks out of for the otos, and also to buy a floating log or two and a centerpiece to finish it all off.
Five Gallon (Prince Kaida's chambers)
The prince has been bloated on and off the past few weeks, and every time I get him to poop he's constipated the very next day. I notice that when he does poop, there are more air bubbles than poo so I can probably attribute that to the way he attacks the food like it's the last he'll ever receive, likely swallowing lots of air in the process. This morning I rearranged some of his decorations so he could occupy himself by exploring, but lo and behold he was bloated again. I swear, this fish...
One Gallon (Lord Bentley's cottage)
I tied some cheesecloth around the filter intake and a sponge to the outflow today, and Bentley already seems much happier now that he doesn't have to drag his fins against the current. He jumped right on the leaf hammock he's got not five minutes after he realized how calm the water was. I left his light off in case he wanted to sleep. Looking at his tank right now, I feel bad that with all this money-spending for the sorority I still haven't gotten him a single thing to hide behind. I'm thinking of moving a small silk plant from the 10g to his tank.
My Betta Buddies:
Prince Kaida (VT)
Rest in peace, Ralph, Xiang, and Violet...I'm sorry you didn't live to see better care!
Last edited by CreativePotato; 07-15-2012 at 06:18 PM.