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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-11-2014, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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I currently have two bettas, Snowbird and Hercules. Snowbird is a female HMPKEE salamander and very wild at heart; Hercules is a pink and purple male VT with a very sweet composure.

After a space problem and a few financial issues, I had to adopt out 9 of my 11 bettas. I am taking a slight hiatus from my previous- what my family calls- betta "obsession". Most of these fish were rescues and I hope to get back to that one day.

So I'll try to post daily and do pic updates every once in awhile. Thanks for viewing my journal! I hope you enjoy =)

Here are some pics:) Sorry, I won't be hitting the 50 limit today
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Snowbird stopped eating prepared food such as pellets and bloodworms. I placed a week old platy fry in there and she ate it right away. She shows no signs of illness.

Can you feed your betta live foods like livebearer fry?

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I think so. My dad tried to make me feed my betta brine shrimp but they were kinda my pets too... Anyway I'm sure it won't really matter.
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Thanks. I just want to make sure it will be fine to feed her this as a full time diet. She's a big girl so a week old fry fits in her stomach perfectly.
Hmm, since it is significantly larger than NLS pellets, I'm wondering how many feedings per week. I'll look into that.
Since I have guppies for a breeding project, I might use the extra fry as food for my bettas. I know they'll be producing a steady supply.

"Hard Part About the Fish Hobby":
For now, I am trying so hard not to go to PetCo and grab a ton of those baby bettas. URGH I'm trying to save room for an all time favorite, CT male. Now that the financial issues are resolved and I have space, I may be able to continue my collecting. That'll probably be far from now :/

The only downside to the weekend is that Saturdays are WC days. Though I enjoy cleaning my betta tanks, I can't say the same for my livebearer and goldfish tanks. This also means that I can go to the petstore and look at some really pretty fish and possibly obtain some new plants.

"Betta Cuteness":
Hercules has been making the largest nest ever. It's covering 1/3 of his tank. I assume that he is really happy. Snowbird is "adventuring" through the ball of floating plants I place in her tank. Speaking of her tank, I found 3 ramshorns and an egg sac in there. Great more babies. Oh well, hopefully my new 'wild' betta will eat them as a snack, lol.

"My Thoughts":
The light in Snowbird's tank went out, so maybe I should replace the tank (the light is not replaceable) so I don't have to use a lamp. And I should look into getting a tank for hercules that has a light fixture. Even though this hobby is money out of your pocket, it's quite rewarding an entertaining. Some people think I'm crazy with all my tanks and stuff, but I think it's educational. You learn a lot of genetics, parameters, biology, and much more that is very valueable later on. I used to have an interest in marine biolgy, but the certain requirements for it didn't suit me, but I still am very dedicated to the care of aquatics.
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So today I noticed Hercules flaring at the girls for adoption, and was building a bubble nest at the same time. He is well over 2 years old and still in the game. Does that mean that older bettas can still breed?

Snowbird was chasing her food around for quite awhile as her meal was a little bit larger this time. Hopefully Hercules will take to eating quickly when I start him on guppy fry.

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hi, BettaLover! Hope you enjoy my journal :)

I think I underestimated the IAL I put in the betta tanks. Hehe, it looks like really dark tea right now. One leaf can make a 2 gallon tank look like a cup of caf.

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Your bettas are cute i love the name snowbird

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Thank you. Yeah, I think it fits her perfectly.

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She reminds me of a betta I had awhile ago :) Sparrow.jpg

I love how she looks a little bit different depending on the lighting How did you come up with the name Snowbird?

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