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Seems like you picked out a trouble maker! Hope you post on all your shenanigans together!

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Oh my gosh, naughty boy! Betta's have such personalities.

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So my new 1.5-gallon temporary/QT tank should be here either tomorrow or Friday, and I can't wait, because my heater is overheating my 1-gallon and it is driving me nuts. I just ordered Eric a new tank. I am getting him the 3-gallon Tetra Bubbling Kit one, so it's not the 5-gallon I wanted, but it comes with the supplies I need. I also ordered an adjustable heater which will most likely be going in the 10-gallon and my current heater (which keeps my 10-gallon at about 76-77) will be moved to the 3-gallon. I am not buying anything else for my tanks until summer because I have spent WAY too much money on them.
I also have no idea where I am going to put another tank. My dorm next year is small than the one I am in now, so who knows how that is going to work.

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So I just realized that Studying Abroad next spring means I won't have my fish. I guess over Christmas break next year I will have to teach someone my routine for fish keeping. The tanks will be cycled by then, so it will just be feeding and gravel cleaning.
Also a little update on my crazy fish:
Squirt's tank has been rearranged and she now has all 10 gallons again. I took out the fake looking plastic plants and her original rock structure (that has very fake looking plastic plants on it) and have washed them in hot water. Those plants will be going in Eric's new tank.
Eric's tank has been shipped and should be here at the end of the week (I am hoping it will come Wednesday). Eric is currently in the 1.4-gallon QT tank that came in Thursday. Although it has more water than the other QT tank, it is still a pain to heat, because my 7.5 Watt heater is still giving too much heat because it never turns off unless you unplug it. I have a DIY filter in the QT tank (and an extra one for the 3-gallon). It is in a glass vase that looks like a cup. I have some gravel at the bottom surrounding the airstone, then filter fiber, then AquaClear Ammonia Remover, then more filter fiber, and then left over rocks that were cleaned with hot water twice.

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My Milk Snails:
Flash | Priscilla | Rapunzel | Eugene | Flynn
Those Gone Too Soon:
|Destiny (Baby) 8/17/2016-9/13/2016|Eric (HMPK) 3/30/2016-1/3/2017|
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Eric's tank came in today, which was not expected. The 3-gallons seems bigger than I thought it would be, but it is a narrow tank that is mostly tall. I can definitely see what people have wrong with the Half-moon tanks, but it isn't awful. The tank does bow some when full, but with an inch gap from the top, it's fine. I am not using the Whisper 3i that came with it. I have the air pump hooked up to the DIY filter and both airstones in the 10-gallon, which I am excited about because I am out of plugs (I have a full strip with almost only tank equipment plugged in and another one with a couple tank things on it). Oh well. I may put a piece on paper over the lid because the LED light on the bottom has turned my room into a disco party. I think I made his tank adorable, though.

Eric's QT tank has been switched from a fish QT to a snail QT. Two nights ago one of my friends brought me a garden snail she found on the way back from work. He is about an inch in diameter and has a cracked shell. I have a thread about him in the Finless Friends section. I have named him Flash after the sloth in Zootopia (all of my tanks are lightly themed for different Disney movies). Here is the little man:

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My Milk Snails:
Flash | Priscilla | Rapunzel | Eugene | Flynn
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Flash is up and moving and is eating his first big meal of lettuce. I found a snail forum in hopes of figuring out how he should be kept. I am so glad I figured out what I needed to change, I guess I should get a spray bottle next time I end up at the store.
Here he is today:

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My Milk Snails:
Flash | Priscilla | Rapunzel | Eugene | Flynn
Those Gone Too Soon:
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A little update on Squirt. She is getting bigger and her fins are growing longer. The rays are clear at the end and are starting to look almost like a Crowntail rather than a Veiltail. Squirt is the first picture and the second is a little girl that was for sale as a Crowntail on Live Fish Direct.


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Those Gone Too Soon:
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Yeeeeeeeesh I knew there's gonna be a snail pic here somewhere >< *scrolls down super quickly*

Ohh! Fishy fishy!

VT-CT mixes exist you know .-. Some people just decided it's a great idea apparently. They're usually those CTs with pathetic web reductions. An actual CT would have at least a 50% web reduction. So that cambo girl for sale in your LFS might as well be one, too.

Also, yay for tossing the 3i aside. They're crap.

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Sorry about the snail, he's my new "fish".
Really? That's probably it then, she is from Petco, so being a combo isn't too surprising.
I made my own filter because I had heard they were terrible. I did keep it though in case I need it for anything in the future. The DIY filter works wonderfully, so I am very happy with it.

My Bettas:
Squirt (VT/CT) Apollo (HMDTPK) Hank (HMPK) Adam (VT/CT)
My Milk Snails:
Flash | Priscilla | Rapunzel | Eugene | Flynn
Those Gone Too Soon:
|Destiny (Baby) 8/17/2016-9/13/2016|Eric (HMPK) 3/30/2016-1/3/2017|
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So Eric tore his dorsal fin. I don't think it was torn before I tried to get him out, but now it is. I just set up him QT tank with the filter and heater. I am going to heat it up now and then leave the heater off tonight. I only have two plugs in the bathroom, so he won't have light, but that is okay I will just have to run the heater more. I can plug the light in while the heater is unplugged. I posted in the Diseases section, so hopefully I will get some help.
This is what happens when I procrastinate. Now I have a ton of notes to do before tomorrow and a lunatic fish to heal.

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My Milk Snails:
Flash | Priscilla | Rapunzel | Eugene | Flynn
Those Gone Too Soon:
|Destiny (Baby) 8/17/2016-9/13/2016|Eric (HMPK) 3/30/2016-1/3/2017|
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