Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Victoria, Australia
Who would have thought condensing two tanks under 5 gallons into one would be such a hassle?
I wanted to use one of the tanks for my wild-caught burdigala pair, and so thought I would put all of my killie fry/juveniles into the one tank rather than the two separate cubes I have now.
Obviously, nothing is ever simple when it comes to fish, particularly when I am tired and cantankerous. Two of my biggest juveniles shared a brief acquaintance with the carpet and I managed to catch them before they started off on their exploration of the underside of my chest of drawers. I then had another two (looking back it was probably the same two) leap out into the water section of my bain-marie style grow-out. I don't even think this water is conditioned and I sometimes pour salt water from my BBS hatchery into it, so suffice to say I was not that thrilled with them embracing their inner flying fish.
I did however, manage to separate out my single hendra fry and it is now living in a 1L plastic container of its own. I was worried it might be eaten by the bigger juveniles, so now I can keep eyes on it and make sure it is doing well.
While I think I sprouted a whole head of grey hairs, none of my killies were remotely traumatised by the whole affair if the amount of BBS they ate was anything to go by.
Just finished doing all my water changes on my wild betta tanks. Now some of my rutilans have their ventrals growing back in, I have been studying them all closely to see if I have any females. Looks like I do have one female amongst the sub-adults so when when I have my racks downstairs she will have a tank of her own with one of the best males.
Uberis male has a nest but I'm not sure if there are eggs in it or he is still courting the female (their courtship always seems to be a very protracted affair).
My burdigala have settled in nicely to the big tank. The mouth damage is clearing up on my two Hermanus females. I think because there are more females in the tank, they aren't being constantly harassed by the males. There are a couple nests I see in the film canisters so that seems to be a good sign.
Persephone are still getting used to their tank. I definitely want some java moss in there to provide cover for the less dominant males.
My all-male tank is having a pond snail invasion. I usually like snails, but these pond snails are terrible. I wish their shells would erode and they would die because they make a mess everywhere. Otherwise all the males in there are doing great. The male rutilans that has some sort of growth in his mouth that I always think is going to die appears to be thriving even if he is starting to resemble the Elephant Man.
Going to the not so LFS tomorrow because mum is purchasing a 2ft tank for her unimaculata pair and I need to pick up some blackworms and see if they have any java moss in stock. Hopefully they don't have any wild bettas in stock because I have no ability to resist the tiny coccina species they seem to get in.
I would have taken some photos, but my mum has reclaimed her camera to get some photos of my dog Nike's nieces and nephews. Her half-sister (same mum but dad of the sister is the grand-sire of Nike) had a litter of ten and my mum being a big puppy person is over there visiting.
Me personally, I hate the puppy stage. I much prefer when they are old enough to hold their bladder overnight and not view absolutely everything as chew toy. Of course Nike is two years old and she still likes to gnaw on the back door frame.