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post #11 of 1568 (permalink) Old 09-10-2015, 06:39 PM
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Subbing! I'm so glad you made a journal! I've always thought your avatar fish was eye candy, and, Yay! I get to see him in big pictures now!

I love the story of Hatzalla! And the comic.... hysterical!

I agree, your daughter's picture is precious! How good that they can be so attached to their fishies!

I also love your tank arrangements- the decor is beautiful :D And when you said "that is the life of a pink betta" I cracked up. I don't think it's just because I'm tired. ;)
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Something noteworthy to mention about Stormy's tank is that volcano. I tried making it into a filter and I am pretty sure it is working. 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites and 20ish nitrates by around day 11 is usually when I do water change for her. I filled the volcano with media balls and the bottom with filter foam/pad thing. The airstone pulls water through. I think the shape of the volcano is what makes it work so well. Oh, it is hard to see in the picture, it is behind the cherry blossom tree...
Oh, you are crafty.... You must post this in the DIY thread.....
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Yeeeeah, little Pinkie-Twinkie. No respect. It took quite a bit of effort to convince my daughter he was really a boy. Her little (then) four year old princess brain couldn't grasp that. "But she is pink..?" "He is a pink...*boy*." LOL. She's got it now though. When she was trying to come up with names, she ran all the usual silly little kid names by me, you know, "Pink Fish"...then randomly said, "Twinkie?" and I said, "THAT IS IT! TWINKIE! That is perfect." He looks like a Twinkie to me, it sounds like sparkly/twinkle/pink/glitter. I do draw the line at the pink ornaments she wanted to force upon him...there is a tiny pink castle and princess ornament at Petsmart she wants for him. "He is a MAN! You can't put a pink castle in his tank, he would be embarrased."

Oh, I am glad you mentioned you like Antigua. My husband said he is ugly! Ugly?! Like not even "okay", but "ugly"? I thought, "ooookay, I no longer trust your judgment..." His favorite betta is Hatzallah. He said, "Hatzie looks like a Chinese dragon bursting out of a cave." That is actually a good description. I just can't get over his disparaging remarks about Antigua though. Hmf.

Glad you guys like the comics. I feel inspired to post some more of them.
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You've got beautiful fish, and Antigua is not ugly, he is beautiful! All of your bettas are beautiful to look at. It's great that your whole family is getting in on the betta bug with you. Your daughter's drawing was adorable.

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Oh, I am glad you mentioned you like Antigua. My husband said he is ugly! Ugly?! Like not even "okay", but "ugly"? I thought, "ooookay, I no longer trust your judgment..."
Totally. As I said, Antiqua is eye candy! I think I've muttered that "no longer trust your judgement" with my hubby too many times... haha. Boys are weird.

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Glad you guys like the comics. I feel inspired to post some more of them.
Please, please, please, pleeeeeease? I think if you don't mind I may steal your picture/comic idea for some of my stories....
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Antigua, ugly?? How's your hubby's eyesight? He's gorgeous, if I had seen him in a pet store I'd snag him quicker than you could have said Betta!


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Haha! His eyesight is not good, actually.

Innerbeauty, feel free to use comic ideas. I think most are about new decorations and intruders. I should do some about food. Those are the 3 major things my bettas obsess with. Heh.

Poor Hatzie! I woke up this morning and he has popeye! Both eyes! I moved a plant yesterday in his tank and noticed it stirred up some filth from the gravel. AND his ph is at 6.0! It must be the eco-complete substrate. I took Hatzie out and have him in "quarantine" (which is funny since he lives alone) and put his heater, an indian almond leaf and some epsom salt in with him, and his favorite java fern. Oh, Hatzie! He is the only one that doesn't have a filter, but his ammonia levels were 0. I didn't check nitrates, maybe I should. I haven't dumped the old water yet. I vaccuumed his gravel and poured clean water in his tank (he isn't in there though) and Husband is going to bring home a filter and some plain ole gravel to go ontop the eco-complete. Sigh. I am sorry Hatzallah. He has had such a troubled little life. Husband freaked when I told him Hatzie was sick. "WHAT? No! He is my favorite! Tell me what he needs, I will get it while I am in town today." He redeemed himself for his anti-Antigua-comment.

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Antigua ("Mr. Teeg", I call him sometimes) is the most curious fish I have. When I give him a new toy I literally can't get my hand out of the tank before he is IN the new toy. He is so fun to watch. That is an "old" comic. Antigua doesn't even LOOK like that anymore. He is a marble. His fins are red now trimmed in blue and his body has a lot of blue too. I need to do an updated picture of him in here. I can't believe how fast he is changing! Even since my first post in this journal.

This one isn't as funny, and the darker fish is one I found through an online search and just saved the pictures. (I have so many betta pictures...even of fish that aren't mine. Obsessed much?)


I love "gill pictures". Grumpy fish are the cutest. So tiny. So tough.
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Updated pictures of Antigua! He was named after an island in the Carribean with turquoise waters, pink sand and white surf! Liln had correctly identified him as a marble and accurately described how he would change. He has gotten more blue on his body and more red on his fins. And it is happening so fast!

I made a few minor changes to his tank. Added a silk plant to hide the heater. LOL. But it is so bright that I think it draws attention to the things I wished to hide. Heh..! I added some more background and gave him some little stacked "rocks" to check out. He is busy, busy!

A closer up picture. So blurry though.

Hatzallah appears to be better today than he was yesterday. I think the puffy eyes are down some and he can see better. He has a good appetite! He is right next to the kitchen sink so that is nice for easy water changes.
The Husband brought home the new gravel and a Marineland bio-wheel 75. It was the one I asked for. He had a hard time finding one in the store and said the Petsmart employees were utterly unhelpful. Finally found it in the clearance section. Apparently they are not going to be carrying it anymore?
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^perhaps they are going to change the packaging? I've noticed some stores will put things on clearance just for that reason.

How many gallons is Antigua's tank? He has so much room to explore! :D

Love the cartoons!!! he is so funny..... it IS hilarious when they flare, just cause they are soooo tiny.... It's like chihuahuas.... so brave...

Get better soon, Hatzallah!
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