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Hey, guys! I'm back after a break. I've decided to start a general journal to just rant about my fishes. (Warning, sarcasm and irony is going to come up at some point in this thread. Be warned.)

Some things to come in this summer are:
1: The possibility of potentially breeding my new half-moon, Luc, who I talk more about later on.
2: the addition of a female betta (First ever, if that happens)
3: A guppy breeding program
4: The moving deal my family might be having.
Lots going on.
I like pets. Theyíve always been apart of my life. I currently have three beloved orange tabby cats (all male) Three bunnies (Again, all male) a dwarf grey and white hamster called Dipper (Male again) I ride a breeding-stock paint mare, a seal-brown QH 25 year old gelding, and I love on the pack of dogs that run around our neighborhood. And, of course, my fish.
I have two tanks. One, a ten gallon community, is stocked with my male betta, a blue/green veiltail I rescued from Petsmart called Samwise. (Yeah, like the hobbit, because I'm a fan, too) Sam came to me as a Christmas present I got a gift card for fifty bucks and ended up dropped a hundred on a 3.5 gallon tank and the works. About six months ago Sam got seriously ill and without the help of you guys on here he would've passed away. I was doing all sorts of dumb things like changing ALL the water and completely scrubbing the gravel every month or so. Not smart. Sam is slightly special needs, as he has a odd crook in his back that was a result of the illness. His fins are pretty meh looking due to two bouts of finrot, but ever since I got my ten gallon he has been in good health.
Sam lives with two guppies and five mini corydoras. The guppies are males called Hydra and Nicholas.
The story behind the guppies is complicated. When originally had the ten I bought five gupps, two male, three female. I got really attached to them and all was well. After a brief quarantine I introduced them to Sam, who behaved well enough. I then bought four corys for an official and great LFS. (All of which are alive today) I had them for about two months before the females died off, (because Iím real great with fish, right) which was sad. I ended up with just Twitchy, a spazzy female, and Phoenix, one of my all-time favorite guppies. Twitchy passed away of wasting disease, which was hard on Poe. They were bonded. Poe was alone on that aspect for a month before I brought home Hydra, Nicholas and Peaches form the LFS. Peaches was victim of a bad accident with a faulty gravel vac. (Still sad about that). Poe died shortly afterwards of bloating from overeating. So after all those I have only two of my rainbow snakeskins from the LFS, hence Hydra and Nicholas. I'm on the fence about getting a new batch of females to try again.
As for Corydoras, I bought four pygmies to start. They're doing well. I can't tell them apart. A while ago I added three more salt and pepper mini corys. One died of an injury from my gravel, the other simply passed on of unknown causes. After the first one died I changed my gravel to sand and added live plants.
I have two assassin snails by the names of Capone and Spiral. They do a decent job of eating the many bladder snails that road in with my plants.
I have collected over the months Java moss, guppy grass, a moss ball, duckweed (Which Sam eats voraciously) and three other types of plants which names escape me. That about covers tank One.

Tank Two is located in my brothers room. About a month ago I got my second betta, a pearl-white ad black marble half-moon male called Luc, which means pure and radiant or whatever. The java moss relocated to his tank, alone with a small amount of duckweed. He lives alone with marbles for sub and a few fake plants in addition to a bridge hide. I hope my brother will one day upgrade to a ten gallon, since he is really friendly. I've floated my guppies in a bag in with him to test him, and he's such a sweetheart that he doesn't do a thing. For now I'm settling for giving him a snail as soon as I can get back to the LFS.

Soon I hope to get a few more guppies for the boys and see what other fish I end up with. I never seem to be able to go to the LFS and end up buying what I came in for. Who knows? I could end up with a whole new tank tomorrow.

I apologize for any typos. Stupid key broad and operator error.

~ShadeSlayer, Sam, and Luc.

Pics of Sam in a photo bowl- not his home. More pics to come. xx
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Fish:
Sam-Blue/Green VT (petsmart rescue).
Luc- white/black piebald marble HM
Caspar-pink/grey dragonscale VT (Petsmart rescue)
Guppy-Nickolas
Endlers: Berlin, Valentine, Panzer

Corydoras- black diamond, salt and pepper, bronze, pygmy, dwarf spotted.
10 !pt rasboras
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Found a gorgeous steel HM female on aquabid. Not sure about her colors or form with Luc, but she is very pretty. AquaBid.com - Item # fwbettashmp1464168002 - Silver Dragon HM FEmale##2 - Ends: Wed May 25 2016 - 04:20:02 AM CDT
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Fish:
Sam-Blue/Green VT (petsmart rescue).
Luc- white/black piebald marble HM
Caspar-pink/grey dragonscale VT (Petsmart rescue)
Guppy-Nickolas
Endlers: Berlin, Valentine, Panzer

Corydoras- black diamond, salt and pepper, bronze, pygmy, dwarf spotted.
10 !pt rasboras
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I'm not sure what would happen if you cross veil tail with half moon. I can usually find some cute red veil tail females at our Petsmart. They're really young, though, and need lots of time to fatten (and grow) up before they'd be ready to breed.

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Iím not sure what wold happen, either, but it seems to me that if a veiltail had broad, wide enough fins and good rays it might work with Luc. He had almost rose tail-type fins, though, and I think Iíd like to keep that. I wonder what colors Iíd get if I did a red female, though. Theyíre a lot easier to find rather than pure white or the pearl color I like. Have you ever tried breeding? I think what Iím looking for most in a female is a halfmoon with silver color with a nice base, maybe a marble jean and good form. Iím definitely keeping an eye out for good females. The ones at the petsmart are really young, but I donít mind waiting for a while.

*ShadeSlayer, Sam, Luc & Caspar*

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Fish:
Sam-Blue/Green VT (petsmart rescue).
Luc- white/black piebald marble HM
Caspar-pink/grey dragonscale VT (Petsmart rescue)
Guppy-Nickolas
Endlers: Berlin, Valentine, Panzer

Corydoras- black diamond, salt and pepper, bronze, pygmy, dwarf spotted.
10 !pt rasboras
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You'll end up with mostly DeTs if you cross a HM with a VT. There will probably be a few with more VT-shaped tails, but with more than 2 rays.

I am very curious though. Do you have a picture of Luc? (The mobile version of this site is weird on my phone and doesn't show the attachments sometimes, so sorry if you did pist one).
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Oh, I missed the part that Luc was the breeder and not Sam. I'll keep an eye out for girls in our store, but so far I don't see any that match those colors. I've seen black coppers (which might work), but they've all been crown tail females. For females halfmoons, I've seen yellow ones and whitish ones (which could just be pale/stressed). I'll check next week and see if anything nice comes in.

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You'll end up with mostly DeTs if you cross a HM with a VT. There will probably be a few with more VT-shaped tails, but with more than 2 rays.

I am very curious though. Do you have a picture of Luc? (The mobile version of this site is weird on my phone and doesn't show the attachments sometimes, so sorry if you did pist one).
I do have pictures of Luc, and Iíll try to get them up soon. My cameraís being worked on atm. Iíll find some similar ones in a sec, though, but heís very unique. Iíve never sen anyone like him.

*ShadeSlayer, Sam, Luc & Caspar*

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Fish:
Sam-Blue/Green VT (petsmart rescue).
Luc- white/black piebald marble HM
Caspar-pink/grey dragonscale VT (Petsmart rescue)
Guppy-Nickolas
Endlers: Berlin, Valentine, Panzer

Corydoras- black diamond, salt and pepper, bronze, pygmy, dwarf spotted.
10 !pt rasboras
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Oh, I missed the part that Luc was the breeder and not Sam. I'll keep an eye out for girls in our store, but so far I don't see any that match those colors. I've seen black coppers (which might work), but they've all been crown tail females. For females halfmoons, I've seen yellow ones and whitish ones (which could just be pale/stressed). I'll check next week and see if anything nice comes in.
Thanks for thinking of me!!! I hope I can figure out something soon. I have been prepping/saving cash, but my parents are a bit reluctant about the whole deal. Like I said, we have a lot of pets. I think it will be fine, thoguh, as long as I donít end up with a whole bookshelf full fo thanks. Though, one day....

*ShadeSlayer, Sam, Luc & Caspar*

http://www.bettafish.com/144-journal...adeslayer.html

Fish:
Sam-Blue/Green VT (petsmart rescue).
Luc- white/black piebald marble HM
Caspar-pink/grey dragonscale VT (Petsmart rescue)
Guppy-Nickolas
Endlers: Berlin, Valentine, Panzer

Corydoras- black diamond, salt and pepper, bronze, pygmy, dwarf spotted.
10 !pt rasboras
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Update:

Been looking online for any cheap big tanks to go in the living room. Like 50 agllons + just to see. That would be amazing for me to stock. Good for keeping young females if I do end up breeding Luc.

*ShadeSlayer, Sam, Luc & Caspar*

http://www.bettafish.com/144-journal...adeslayer.html

Fish:
Sam-Blue/Green VT (petsmart rescue).
Luc- white/black piebald marble HM
Caspar-pink/grey dragonscale VT (Petsmart rescue)
Guppy-Nickolas
Endlers: Berlin, Valentine, Panzer

Corydoras- black diamond, salt and pepper, bronze, pygmy, dwarf spotted.
10 !pt rasboras
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Woke up today and one of Lucís beautiful vents is shorter than the other. I donít know when that happened, but I'm not pleased, to say the least.
Ten gallon tank is fine. I need a restock on duckweed. Iíll porably be headed tot he LFS sooner than later. Maybe theyíll have a good female for me. They keep their girls in community tanks, tho.

*ShadeSlayer, Sam, Luc & Caspar*

http://www.bettafish.com/144-journal...adeslayer.html

Fish:
Sam-Blue/Green VT (petsmart rescue).
Luc- white/black piebald marble HM
Caspar-pink/grey dragonscale VT (Petsmart rescue)
Guppy-Nickolas
Endlers: Berlin, Valentine, Panzer

Corydoras- black diamond, salt and pepper, bronze, pygmy, dwarf spotted.
10 !pt rasboras
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