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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-29-2015, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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MC and Fish: A Tale of Tanks

Finally! I made a journal and place to dump my photos of my fish! It will be mostly photos of my bettas and some of the fish in my new community tank as I navigate through keeping both and attempting to keep the plants alive too.

First off, my first two boys that started it all last October.

Chandler: blue + white marble HM male. Photos of when I first brought him home. His colors have changed a few times since then.
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Captain America: red, white, blue HM male. Photos of when I first brought him home. Since then, he's bitten most of the white off his tail. Tail biters.... -_-
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Call me MC! Here's the rest of the gang.
Chandler [blue + white marble HM]
Regina [black + red CT]
Captain America
[red + white + blue HM] Normandy [marble CT]
Starbuck [red HM PLAKAT] Apollo [blue DT] Shale [HM] Motley [grizzle VT]
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My first real "rescue" from Petco. She was a dull little CT with severe fin rot. I got her on sale for just a couple of buck. She was in a sad state when I brought her home.

I named her Regina, after the Evil Queen on Once Upon a Time. She's a feisty girl and always tries to find a way out or around her divider. And she flares nonstop at the boys. Not the greatest photos, but my hands shake when I use my camera on my phone.

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Chandler [blue + white marble HM]
Regina [black + red CT]
Captain America
[red + white + blue HM] Normandy [marble CT]
Starbuck [red HM PLAKAT] Apollo [blue DT] Shale [HM] Motley [grizzle VT]
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You have some beautiful fish!
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Thanks!

The fourth addition to my little betta group was this spunky girl. I went through a period of "betta craze" and acquired her and two Petco Baby Bettas in the same trip. Acutally three babies, I had to go back the next day for a little red betta that I couldn't put out of my mind.

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I was still working my way through a couple of different runs through Mass Effect 3, and named this CT girl Normandy, after the ship in the games. She was pretty plain looking, but wouldn't stop flaring at all of the boys around her, and so she caught my eye.

She already had the ammonia (i think) burns around her face, and since the Normandy SR-2 in the game had also been beat up, but still held a personality of sorts, it seemed appropriate.

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Chandler [blue + white marble HM]
Regina [black + red CT]
Captain America
[red + white + blue HM] Normandy [marble CT]
Starbuck [red HM PLAKAT] Apollo [blue DT] Shale [HM] Motley [grizzle VT]
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The same trip where I snagged Normandy, I left with these two little buggers as well. My first "baby bettas." I grabbed them because they were both DT babies and the only two like that of the bunch that were there.

This is both of them the day I brought them home. 11/20/2014

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Healthy and active little bugger, but couldn't find a good name for him/her? I went ahead and assumed it was a boy for the time being.

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Poor baby already had a case of fin rot and was extremely shy. The red and black coloring made the name Commander Shepard work. Mass Effect themed names. ;D And either gender it ended up being would work as well.

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Chandler [blue + white marble HM]
Regina [black + red CT]
Captain America
[red + white + blue HM] Normandy [marble CT]
Starbuck [red HM PLAKAT] Apollo [blue DT] Shale [HM] Motley [grizzle VT]
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That third baby betta I mentioned going back for? Here it is! Like the name "Commander Shepard" I picked another name that would work for both genders. I had just started watching Battlestar Galactica on Netflix, and went with Starbuck for this flashy and flaring little red.

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snapped a close up with my phone! best one I could get it. 11/23/2014

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Really hard to get a photo of this one, but I got him/her staring at their reflection. <3 11/23/2014

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And here's Commander Shepard about two weeks after I brought her home (female seemed more likely than male at the time). Hard to tell in this photo, but her case of fin rot is already healing up. 12/01/2014

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Chandler [blue + white marble HM]
Regina [black + red CT]
Captain America
[red + white + blue HM] Normandy [marble CT]
Starbuck [red HM PLAKAT] Apollo [blue DT] Shale [HM] Motley [grizzle VT]
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Two marbles! The lady I spoke to at Petsmart where I got Chandler told me that he would likely marble (change colors) when I got him. She was right! The changes were subtle, but eventually I started to notice that there was more blue than white on him. Normandy has started to show a bit of color change too! YES

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Sometimes he has bits of red on him, but he mostly just seems to switch his blue + white pattern around.

Call me MC! Here's the rest of the gang.
Chandler [blue + white marble HM]
Regina [black + red CT]
Captain America
[red + white + blue HM] Normandy [marble CT]
Starbuck [red HM PLAKAT] Apollo [blue DT] Shale [HM] Motley [grizzle VT]
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It's been a little over a week and a half since I set up my first community tank. So far, so good! I'm loving it. They are so funny to watch. I did have a couple of set backs with one batch of Neon Tetras and couple of Platys who I had to return to the store, but otherwise no doom and gloom.

Some shots of the community. Not my best photos, but still playing with the lighting and fast fast moving fish. They don't stay still like my bettas will.

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Close-ups of "Little Bit" Baby (Mickey Mouse?) Platy I bought. She loves playing with her reflection.


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Molly boy creepin on the lady platys. 0_0
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Only Molly in there. He's an odd one.
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The most outgoing of my platys. Either she's just fat or pregnant. I can't tell. She's a little pig for food.
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Best Friends Forever! They are always swimming through the filter current together.
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Harry and Ron! Surprised how much I ended up liking the Cobra Guppies
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I see you... Yep, she's a creeper.
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Peppered cory! <3 Love these little guys.

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Chandler [blue + white marble HM]
Regina [black + red CT]
Captain America
[red + white + blue HM] Normandy [marble CT]
Starbuck [red HM PLAKAT] Apollo [blue DT] Shale [HM] Motley [grizzle VT]
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I found fry! One of the platys, (I suspect the Green Lantern or the Shiny Black one) spawned earlier today I'm assuming. I saw something small hiding in the water wisteria and realized it was a tiny fry. I managed to suck up the two I found with a turkey baster and tossed them in a breeder's net.

That's not entirely true...I found THREE, but accidentally blasted it out of the turkey baster and back into the tank, so it might have escaped the other fish and the ghost shrimp or not. We'll see if it pops up again. I think I'm going to try and keep these two little buggers alive and hopefully if anymore are spawned, they just get eaten up. I only grabbed these two because I found them and felt bad leaving them to certain death. The ghost shrimp can be viscous little things.


Anyway, fry photos!
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Until further notice, I've dubbed them Thing 1 and Thing 2

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Normandy <3
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Older photo of Captain America flaring. His poor tail, (curse tail biters)

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My newest boy. Went with the name Motley. I am looking forward to watching him come out of his shell.

Call me MC! Here's the rest of the gang.
Chandler [blue + white marble HM]
Regina [black + red CT]
Captain America
[red + white + blue HM] Normandy [marble CT]
Starbuck [red HM PLAKAT] Apollo [blue DT] Shale [HM] Motley [grizzle VT]
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More photos! I only have Captain and Normandy with me until I move down next week. The rest of the bettas moved ahead and I do miss them, but they are still alive and well. So good things there!

Bonus photos of my sister's dogs while I was watching them. Nelson and Lulu Fritz.

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Captain America was hard at work while I was at school.

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Getting a lot more silver around his face then when I first got him. Old age?

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Normandy striking a pose.

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Call me MC! Here's the rest of the gang.
Chandler [blue + white marble HM]
Regina [black + red CT]
Captain America
[red + white + blue HM] Normandy [marble CT]
Starbuck [red HM PLAKAT] Apollo [blue DT] Shale [HM] Motley [grizzle VT]
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