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post #1 of 140 (permalink) Old 05-15-2016, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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Sorority Blogging

Or journaling.

Hi hello I'll be keeping this for documentary and update reasons.
A lil introduction, I guess?
I've been keeping fish for more than 3 years now. My mom has been keeping fish for 25+ years as well. She and I take care of our goldfish. I started off with goldfish and the fish I got 3 years ago are still alive now. I have a pond and 20g for them.
As for bettas, I kept one for 2 years as a child (not that long, I know) but only 8 months ago did I come back to keeping bettas. I wanted to really take care of one this time, so I warmed up by moving from goldfish to tetras to guppies and now bettas. I test myself to take care of fish that are of higher maintenance before jumping right into something. Now that I have a male betta for 8 months in a 5g that I cured of fin rot and SBD, I feel confident that I can take care of bettas.

My dad found an old 10g in our storage that my sister bought but we forgot all about. In my room I currently have a 20g for goldfish, a 10g for tetras, and a cycling empty 10g reserved for the girls.
I currently have the girls QT in much bigger cups. They look really nice, I hope I don't lose any of them. I'm treating them a bit with stress coat and later ick medication. I couldn't see when I bought them because of low lighting in my LFS, but one of the girls already has pretty bad stress stripes, so I'm giving her special attention.
I am a little concerned about them being mislabeled plakats or round tails because I saw many labels that said "Koi HMPK betta" but it was actually a white crowntail? It's a bit hard to see if they have a white spot in the opaque cups I put them in. After typing that I did check them and they are are thankfully females
I'll be QTing them for about 2 weeks or a maybe little less. After that I'm free from school and I can watch them closely wow perfect timing I will release them all and see how things turn out and hope for the best.

I just bought the 5 new girls today. I'm a bit reluctant to name them because I'm expecting some deaths and I don't want to get too attached already.
I've been typing this for a while so now I actually just treated them with ick medicine. I fed them 3 live bloodworms each and they're very active and healthy. By their behavior, I feel like I can already tell who the alpha will be. My male betta isn't even as aggressive as her, wow. She's a real fighter. Man, they're so nice and pretty. I hope none of them die, I really like them. -god what did I just say about not wanting to get attached-

That's all I gotta say for now, I guess? Any tips and stuff to look out for are welcome. TTFN
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Yay! Journal! We need pictures! Sounds like everythings going well so far.

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The biggest tip I've seen put out there is having wall to wall plants stuffed into a sorority tank. Floating plants, long-stemmed plants, etc are all welcome. If you don't have enough live plants grown out, you can use silk. They need that line-of-sight blocking stuff to help them establish their own territories and get away when chasing starts. Also, good water will help out tons. A sorority is a stressful situation, so clean water will help them stay healthy.

Good luck with your girls! I can't wait to see them!

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^^ Thank you for the tips!!
And will post pictures soon! So soon it's in this post, ha.

Day 1 of QT.

These girls are real aggressive. I'm actually really surprised because my male isn't even as confident as them. He's such a sweetheart to the point where he can live with 2 other guppies with no aggression. I never understood it when people say their guppies flare at them as a greeting. I feel like he'd be a better sorority member, ha (No, I will never ever put him with the girls oh god protect his fins. I'm just saying his personality is best for sororities) He's quite shy but compared to these girls, any of the would win in a fight with him. I just hovered a finger over their water and they are confident enough to nip me. It's adorable and they have cute personality but they're aggressive oh boy

I plan to let them out into the tank Friday, May 27. On a weekend so I can spend the days watching them and hoping they don't kill each other.

The tank is a week into cycling. I put a guppy from my male betta's 5g and a white skirt tetra in there for fish cycling. They'll of course be out once the girls are ready to get in. I was stressed about where to put them until dad reminded me that we have an extra 10g in storage so I can put the tetras in there. I cleaned the tank and transferred their water over with some safe start and stress zyme just in case

I currently can't afford all the live plants I need, so my tank is mostly plastic plants. I have quite a lot of anubias sprouts from my goldfish tank, but that won't grow fast enough to hide the girls from each other. I have a java fern in there as well as a (dying) anubias from my goldfish tank. It's currently in a pot and a lot of new stems are growing out to replace the old dying leaves. I put a large pot in there and will add a terra cotta pot on the other side of the tank. I'll hopefully have some top plants by the end of next week since I'll be saving my allowance up for them. I live like, right beside the beach so I'll probably get natural driftwood and clean/cut it myself

I fed the girls one live bloodworm each. They're still very active and I don't see any signs of illness. I changed half of their water and put (treated) tap water and some water from the tank they'll be in. Hope it gets humid in my room because California mornings aren't the warmest. They're just in larger cups for QT and I'm hoping the warm water from the tank helps them.

Did some water tests this morning as well and I'd say my water parameters are fine
Ammonia - 0 ppm
Nirtite - 0 ppm
Nitrate 20 ppm
pH - 7.5

Hope it stays this way! I'm having quite a hard time taking good pictures of the girls individually because their cups are pretty opaque. That, and the camera does them no justice on how pretty their colors are. So far, from observing them -
One of them (i think? It's hard to tell but I think I see it) has dragon scales
Two of them are from the same spawn
One of them has a dalmatian dorsal fin
One of them probably has fin rot? Or tail biting oh boy

If you see anything wrong with the girls in the pictures that I haven't noticed yet, please let me know so I can treat them!

-- Life things under here --

My sister was hilariously disgusted by the bloodworms and was a little mad about me having yet another tank (I...probably have multiple tank syndrome).

I've been talking about the girls to my girlfriend and it's nice to know she's happy about them too from 2000 miles away! I didn't want to get attached to any of the girls because I do expect death, so I didn't give them names. Until I ended up spending time with them and my girlfriend and I named them together oh boy I'm gonna be way too sad if any of them gets killed. She named one of them Hydra (they're her kids too!) and I named another Honey Mustard. I'm reluctant to name the rest since I'm really trying not to get attached to them (I already am what's the point...)

Who needs kids when you got fish, 2 dogs, and 4 parakeets?
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The second picture (orangy/yellowish) girl looks like she has fin rot to me. http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=73332 here's a link to common health problems and treatments. Fin rot is in there. I recommend getting her fins healed up before they're released into the tank. Also, if they don't have heaters, you can float their cups in the heated tank to keep them warm.

I do believe some more floating plants will help a lot! Even some sideways or upside silk plants, something to break up the top area where they like to be.

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At my PetSmart, they have a huge bamboo plant. It's fake, soft, and long. If you can, see if your LFS has something like that to help with top cover.

http://www.petsmart.com/fish/artific...pfm%3Dcategory

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@ Sadist - Oh no, I thought so. I'll treat her best I can. Just added melafix just in case and I'll put some aq. salt in a bit. I'll see if I have to use fungus care and later I'll give a water change. Thank you for the link, too!

@ ThatFishThough - That looks perfect! Thank you for directing me to it! I'll try to get it this Friday or so.
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At my PetSmart, they have a huge bamboo plant. It's fake, soft, and long. If you can, see if your LFS has something like that to help with top cover.

http://www.petsmart.com/fish/artific...pfm%3Dcategory
Sorry to hijack the thread. But are the leaves on that plant soft enough to not snag betta fins? I used to have that plant and it was awesome and huge. Would love to get another one.
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Yep. There are other variations that are to rough, but I love this one.

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Day 1 of QT 2.0

Oo same day updates.
A huge thank you to Sadist for helping me identify whether Honey Mustard's (temporary name) tail was suffering from fin rot or tail biting. I'll be treating her specially for the next week and hope she improves. I'll also post daily pictures of her to keep track of tail progress on whether it's deteriorating more or less. I'll also give her twice daily 50% water changes as well. I just treated her with stress coat and some aq salt. Will give the second water change in a couple hours.

As for Hydrus, I saw I actually got her with stress stripes yesterday. Glad to see that it's now gone now that she's at least in bigger space and better water conditions! I tested the water all my girls were in and wow, it was really acidic. I feel a little bad because the water I transferred them to 7.5 water and that's a pretty big pH jump.

I'm thinking of putting Honey Mustard in my spare 2.5g QT tank for special needs, but I'm afraid she may take it as territory already and it will end up with her being more aggressive once she's put in the real tank. I don't even know if that's even a think that'll happen. Don't know if it'll be a good idea?

I fed them one blood worm each again. I'll feed their last third at night. I came home to them making bubbles! Glad to know they're doing fine. I'll keep treating them for ich (just in case) for the next 2 days. After that, I'll treat them for anti-parasitic stuff for 3 days. Then later maybe fungal treatment.

I went to petsmart for some plants and all I could afford were betta grass. It's something though, right? I'm considering moving ALL my plants from my goldfish tank into the betta tank. It's not like they need it if they have a 50g filter for a 20g tank, right? I think the girls would make better use of it. Also just added a terra cotta pot on the other end of the tank.

I tend to sometimes rearrange things when I do weekly water changes. Would that mess up their set territories?
I think the tetra and guppy are enjoying the betta grass. Cute!

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