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post #31 of 1151 (permalink) Old 06-16-2013, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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Pictures! :)

So I left Merlin's filter on for a bit longer than I meant to, and I knew he'd be upset, so I took my camera in (what, I knew he'd be flaring! XD) and got some pictures of him. I was hoping Dragoon would flare as well since he's so pretty when he shows off his red streaked fins & tail but I had no luck :/. I think I did manage to capture his little "O" that he makes when he sees me and swims over. Merlin doesn't do this, it's uniquely Dragoon's. Let me know if you can see the little "O".

Anyway, here are the pictures!

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So happy today is the last day of Merlin's Melafix treatment, I know Merlin will be happy to have it over as well since he can go back to his regular schedule for water changing and not having it done every day.

Dragoon is still doing well, I actually got some more pictures of him today with better shots of his fins!



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Never a dull moment at my house! Between the two bettas and the cat and dog, it's a wonder my mom and I are still sane!

With the cat and the dog, the cat decided he wanted to play the game "Boogie-Boogie!" too (game where I chase the dog around the living room). The cat has changed it to himself being chased by the dog. It's half-funny/half-scary! They seem to be getting along better and better and it's good to see that they're now trying to play with each other.

As for my betta boys, they both got half their water changed today. Dragoon seemed to be handling it better, while Merlin was more of a nuisance than usual! I'm really hoping I have enough money to get the 5 gallon tank this week, I think Dragoon will perk up even more than he has once he has more room to swim around (though Merlin might complain about losing .5 gallons).

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UGH!!! I go to my lps and find that I can't get a divider for a 5-5.5 gallon tank, and unless I find out that a different one carries them, I don't know what I'm going to do for my two bettas!

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First off, big thank you to Laki for answering my divider question! I will be picking up those items to make a homemade divider for my new 5-5.5 gallon tank (still not sure if I'm going with the cheaper Wal-Mart tank or the more expensive Pet Smart tank...leaning towards Pet Smart tank).

Anyway, today I was pleasantly surprised to see Dragoon finally flaring more (not just at feeding times/when he was sleeping)! I'm very happy to see him relaxing in his one gallon tank, and not staying clamped up most of the time.

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Nearly had a heart attack while changing Dragoon's water and seeing that his Nitrate levels were at the "stress" point on the test strip, so I got those levels back down to safe. Friday he's definitely getting a full water change/tank cleaning (though I'm hoping I'll have the big tank by then & divider)!

Merlin was fine with his water change, though he ended up in the cup I was using to get the water out (should have seen his "what the-?" expression, but I helped him get back out and into his tank water.

So both boys are still doing good!

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New Tank

Purchased the 5.5 gallon tank for my boys since I did get paid today, got a new decoration for Dragoon's half, and had a blast with my friend, AlphaOmega666 who also helped me get the tank set up and divided (home made divider). The boys are currently exploring their new home and Merlin is flaring at his reflection while Dragoon is simply loving all the space he has.

Picture of the Tank:

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Not happy that I was called into work today since someone decided not to come in and I'm just such a nice person; and I'm still in a really foul mood from it too.

Anyway, I bought my bettas some freeze-dried bloodworms and where Dragoon seems to love them, Merlin spat his back out, so I'll just be giving them to Dragoon. Both of them seem to like their new tank, so I'm very happy about that. Not thrilled that I seem to be running out of water test strips again...(-.-"). Oh well, another day later this week.

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And Dragoon isn't sure what to make of the filter on his side (put Merlin on the side farthest from the filter due to his long fins). Hopefully he'll figure out that if he goes down to his hidey holes that he likes going into so much that he can escape the bit of flow that there is if he wants too.

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Finding out that Dragoon is a laid back fish, but also energetic, he rarely seems to stay still anymore, but that makes me happy to see him coming out of his shell and feeling happy. He's also smarter than Merlin since he knows to go lower down in his tank while I let the filter run. Luckily with this 5.5 gallon tank, Merlin's 1/2 of the tank isn't as disturbed by the filter as Dragoon's, but Dragoon is pretty much unfazed by the filter when it does run, and like I said, he figured out how to avoid the little bit of current at the top.

I've discovered that Dragoon likes the freeze-dried bloodworms I bought (for treats) while Merlin simply turns his nose up at them, he'd rather stick with his food, which is fine. Dragoon will just get the little extra treat. Maybe next time I'm at Pet Smart I'll see if I can find a snack Merlin will like.

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