Charlie Gill and the 45 gallon tank
i bought Charlie Gill on may 12 of this year from petco. he is a red male veiltail. i plan on using this just for anything i want to document. from the time i bought him until yesterday he didn't change much or really do much. he was in a 1 gallon and seemed happy (he swam a little and made huge bubblenests) but very bored. however on day 2 or 3 i noticed his tail fin looked weird. its clear on the end (new growth?) but has one tiny dark spot, about the size of a pinhead. neither the clear or the dark spot has changed at all so i'm not sure if hes just colored that way or if its tail rot but just incase i'm going to change his water daily for ten days and see what happens. but he has gotten bigger since i got him so its probably new growth. i extensively googled pictures of betta tail rot and it really doesn't look like that but i'd rather be safe than sorry. i've tried to take pictures of him using my phone and digital camera but all of them come out blurry or so dark you can't see anything or all white from the flash. i've tried every setting i can think of.
charlies move to the 45 gallon
its 45 gallons long but right now its only filled just over half way (probably 23 or 24 gallons) i am going to slowly raise the water level over 3 months. i significantly under estimated just how large the tank is and as a result i don't have enough gravel. i didn't have enough decorations at first but i made some out of mesh. i don't have any plants. i also under estimated how much the tank would weigh and as a result its on my floor because i dont have anything that can hold that weight. as i was setting up the tank i think charlie somehow knew because he was excitedly swimming back and forth and watching me. i got everything in and filled the tank and then cupped charlie to float him and he was super pissed. he was thrashing and throwing himself against the sides of the cup. i was scared he was going to kill himself but he calmed down after a couple minutes. i floated him for about 45 minutes. when i took the lid off the cup and released him into the tank, for about 30 seconds he didn't move at all but then quickly started looking around. he stayed in the same area for about 10 minutes and then he realized how long the tank is and really started exploring. about 5 or 10 minutes after that i think he had a panic attack. he started swimming really fast and darting around. that lasted a whole minute. he spent the next 6 hours swimming around so happy, i've never seen him that happy before. he was flaring a bit but also had his fins fully open which made me realize in his small one gallon his fins were always clamped. i just thought he had small fins. i felt so bad putting him to bed i gave him an extra hour because he was just so happy. i was so scared he was going to be stressed and scared and not like it but he LOVES it. he was more curious than anything. i woke up to 2 separate bubble nests, one on each end of his betta hammock thats suctioned cupped to the glass which seems to be by far his favorite part of the new tank. for decorations he has a light house, 2 coconut shells, a cracked bell, an empty glass mason jar on its side a floating water bottle lid, a floating marble, and the suction cup betta hammock. today i added a free floating betta hammock, a mesh tube on the bottom and today i made a vertical tower with holes for him to go in and out of but i haven't put it in yet. i also have another coconut shell but i put it somewhere to clean it and i can't remember where i put it -_- today he wasn't as active as yesterday but i think hes probably tired. hes done more swimmin in less than 48 hours in probably his whole life combined. oh i forgot about the substrate! its probably 2 handfuls of regular aquarium gravel (different shades of brown) a lot of large aquarium rocks, pony beads and some marbles. there are bare patches too. at first i hated it but i really like it now. i think that plus the decorations make it look like a ship wreck, which is pretty cool. i'm getting tired now so tomorrow i will update this with pictures and my long term goals for the tank, because its still missing a lot.