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Hello! I'm hoping to use this journal as a learning tool and as a way to meet and learn from everyone here!

The First: Shorty Fin
I've told this story on this forum before: When I started working at the pet store, I found this little guy at the back, floating on his side. Our sick betta fish shelf was somewhere out of sight and easily forgotten. (Thankfully, now the shelf has been moved and in a place you can't miss.) His fins were short and that was why he was in the back. And you can guess why my sister and I got the idea for his name!



For a few months, I watched him go from lifeless to active. I like to think it had to do with the fact that the shelf was moved and so my coworkers were better reminded that there are some sick bettas that need our attention!

In February 2016, I bought him home!



I made a big mistake with this tank though; I washed it with bathroom cleaner thinking it was bleach... It used to house my sister's neon tetras before they passed and they died all suddenly. Probably from some bacteria or another so I really wanted to make sure nothing was left. Fortunately, Shorty Fin seems to be fine in the tank. I've made sure to look at the labels more carefully whenever I'm using cleaners.

Here's a video of my cat, Ming, meeting Shorty Fin. (Anyone know how to embed videos?)




Here's his tank today:


I took out the filter today in favour of his new light. I'm looking into getting either a sponge filter or the Aquatop IF-202 filter that members have suggested to me.

But I'm wondering if he'll be fine in a tank without a filter... Then again, these filters aren't too pricey and it's better with them anyway!

He's been having some fin nipping issues so I'm hoping the extra plants will help him. Before the last photo, I only had the java fern and a water lily. I added hornwort and swapped the water lily with an echinodorus ozelot. Hoping the light does better for the plants. I'll be needing to get some root tabs too this weekend for the ozelot.

Shorty's got spunk. He will flare and show himself off when you walk up the tank. He also liked to go in and out of the java moss I used to have it in his tank. Unfortunately for him, I gave the java moss to my guppy fry. When the guppies are grown up, he'll get his beloved moss back!

The Second: Betty White
The only reason why I even bought Shorty home was because I found Betty White while I was doing betta water changes at work. She was so beautiful and I HAD to have her! And I thought, what the hay, I'll also get Shorty!

One of my coworkers said it was okay to have her with Shorty in one tank and I was a little iffy about that... For a few days, I left her in her cup (did daily water changes, of course) while I was debating how to house her.

Seeing as I only had one tank, I thought I'll have to take her back. So I drove back to work that weekend on my day off with Betty. Walked through the store with her, while internally debating whether or not I should bring her back.

But how could I do that to Betty?? How could I bring her home, only to abandon her a few days later?? I couldn't do that!

So I bought a 1.5G tank. LOL!

I thought my mother would kill me but, surprisingly, she didn't have an opinion and was fine with an extra tank in the home.

This was the same time I found bettafish.com and learned A LOT. For example: a 1.5G tank is not the best for a betta. I also learned that she was NOT being poisoned by ammonia or chlorine, but that she was marbling.

Here what she used to look like in her 1.5G:


Eventually, I set up my old 17G tank in March. Again, my mother did not kill me. Instead, she encouraged me and helped me figure out where to put the big thing. We bought a new drawer just for it!


(There are guppies and schools of neons and rummy noses. I might talk about them later in this journal... especially those guppies >_>)

And this is what she looks like today:


Not so White anymore but still a great Betty!

Betty's favourite past time is swimming through the obstacle course that is the back of her tank. Around the top of the driftwood, through the java fern, under the Indian almond leaf and all the up to the end of the tank. She knows to wait patiently while the guppies fight for food so I can give her her betta food.

I also think she's been in a few fights with one of the guppies because she's the silent Queen of the tank. I've seen her show one of the guppies who's boss. No fatalities or injuries that time. But a few weeks ago, I saw that one of the guppies who is known in my house as "Butters the Bully", had a chunk of her tail ripped off. The guppies are a story for another post...


The Third: Ryan Gosling (SIP)
Again, this story was told on this forum before!

Ryan Gosling, named by my manager, was a fish returned by a customer who was breeding bettas. We're not sure how this customer is breeding them but he'd come every week, buy a bunch of bettas, and return the dead or the beat up ones. Eventually, our manager banned him from buying bettas.

Ryan Gosling was the last one the customer returned and the worst.



I felt so bad. I put his cup where we bag our fish so I could look at him my whole shift. At the end of the shift, I decided to bring him home and my manager let me have him for free. This was at the end of April.

He didn't eat for a few days and at one point, was floating on his side. I got great advice from forum members. Gave him IAL, Stress Guard and frozen blood worms.

I thought he would die... but a day after my birthday, he was swimming around and eating like a boss! And two weeks later...



He was so beautiful and my whole family couldn't wait until he grew out his fins. He would still freak out every water change but other wise, he would do wiggles whenever you came over to his tank.

I purchased a Fluval Spec V for him and he was even happier in that tank, swimming through the java fern and under the driftwood.

I decided to switch him to pellet food. And unfortunately, I think that's what took him. He looked very bloated and was hiding under his driftwood. He died last week and it was too late for me to do anything.

We buried him in our backyard.



Funny thing: when he passed, my sister texted her friend, "Ryan Gosling died!!" and her friend FREAKED out, thinking it was the actual actor who died. Oh boy...

I learned a lot from Ryan and he taught me not to ever give up, even if things look really bad.


The Fourth: Hope
I got Hope a week before Ryan died. My mom named him because my family is going through some unfortunate events and said we need to have hope that things will turn out well for us.



We received Hope with his fins like that but despite his appearance, he is very active and in my mind, a very polite betta. I can't explain it, but he's just polite. Haha!

I'm still learning more about him and he's living in Ryan Gosling's tank and seems to enjoy it very much.



(Also, I don't think my driftwood is EVER going to water log... sigh)

Again, my manager let me bring him home for free. Otherwise, he'd probably die at the store since no one would want him.

Members have suggested he has fin melt and for me to use aquarium salt to treat it. I haven't started this yet as I haven't had time to go get a small 1G tank for him. I had also planned to start his treatment today... but something happened which will be explained later.

Otherwise, he's very active. Eats well. Swims well. And is full of Hope!


The Fifth: Aquaman
I bought Aquaman a week ago. And my mom, this time, scolded me. But then she saw him...




I had already put away my 2.5G for the second time (first time was after Ryan went to his Spec tank and the second time was when I got Hope and put him in the Spec). So my mom wasn't happy but how could you say no to this beauty?????

I wanted to name him Ocean and my youngest sister wanted to name him Aquamarine. We reminde her that Aquamarine is a girl's name. So my youngest suggested Aquaman and we laughed so hard about it, the name stuck.

Now I have 4 tanks and although my mom wasn't as enthusiastic as the first time, I think the living room looks much better! HAha!!

Well, on Friday, I ordered the Marineland Contour 3G (as suggested by Autumncrossing) and it arrived today on Monday... only it was broken!! I even sliced my middle finger on it while I was excitedly opening the box. (And that's why Hope isn't getting his treatment yet since the 2.5G is still in use.)

I was disappointed :( I was so excited to set up Aquaman's tank. I bought all his plants and decor already and was ready to go! Plus, it was my day off. With all that disappointment and free time, I decided to do an early water change on all my other tanks... lol


(But at least Ming is happy with his new Amazon box >_>)

The awesome thing about Amazon is their return policy. I quickly sent them a return/replacement request and in a few hours I got a response. I thought I'd have to mail back the broken one but Amazon said I won't have to and I can keep it/dispose of it myself. Woot!!! Free filter cartilage and extra parts. They're mailing me a new one and should arrive on June 1.

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Well, that's it for now! Maybe I'll write up about the guppies later. I'll definitely update once I set up Aquaman's tank.

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Betty White is beautiful! Poor RG :(

We also have a cat called Ming :)

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Betty White is beautiful! Poor RG :(

We also have a cat called Ming :)
Thank you :)

The shelter named him Ming and the name stuck! I used to think that I wouldn't want a Chinese/Asian sounding name for my pet or children (I'm Chinese) just to break the stereotype but oh well lol! It's easy for my parents to say and he responds to his name!

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I got new betta food yesterday. The one that most fish keepers seem to recommend: Life Spectrum.

Unfortunately, Shorty spits it out. Aquaman ate one, tried to eat another and spat it out. Betty spat them out but she ate them yesterday?? Hope is the only one that keeps them in his mouth!

It has a pretty strong smell. I might try crushing the pellets next feeding. I ended up feeding them the Aqueon pellets since no one was eating!!

You try to give them the best, but they won't take it. Just like my cat! For a while he was really good with eating this brand of good food, Weruva, but it's expensive so I rotated those cans with other cans like Fancy Feast and now? He won't eat Weruva anymore unless it's tuna flavour! Argh! I guess once you taste McDonald's, you'll crave it over the healthier food options, especially if you're stubborn like my cat. Oh well. The best food is what your pet will eat and what you can afford.

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The Non-Bettas

So I found out that a profile picture is different from your avatar on the forum. D'oh!

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The Kingdom


I do think Betty rules this tank but I've never seen her in action. I view her as the silent Queen, tolerant of her subjects' antics and disciplines those who take it too far.

The one that takes its too far? Butters the yellow guppy. She's the last one in the video with the torn tail. I've never seen her bother Betty before but I see her chasing the other two females (Churro - blue and Fanny Pack - red) away.

One day, I came back from work to see that she had a chunk of her tail ripped off. Last week, I saw that the corner of her tail is gone too. And looking at Betty, I see a few rips on her anal fins and tail. I suspect those two fight once in a while.

I'm thinking of rehoming the guppies. Not sure where. Perhaps I might give them away or think about putting them in another tank... that I'll have to get... one day... Haha! I can just hear my parents screaming at me for taking over their home with large boxes of water and fish.

The guppies looked small at the store. And I've seen people with guppies and bettas, but mainly male guppies. So when I brought Fanny Pack home, I was surprised that she is relatively the same size as Betty. Betty chased her a little but then just left Fanny alone. So the next day, I bought Butters and Churro home too. I think they think they're the stars of the tank.

I'm also guessing that Betty might be either mistaking the guppies as other female bettas or that Butters' tail is just too tantalizing. That's the main reason why I want the guppies out eventually.

I have 8 rummy noses that I bought last week. I bought 5 at first. 1 fell out of the tank while I was acclimating and Ming, with his panther reflexes, caught the poor thing with his paw. Needless to say, the rummy nose died.

Then I went to work, came home, and found another rummy dead. Not sure what happened. Maybe someone killed it. It's head was missing...

Two days later, I got 5 more rummys and they're fine now. One of the rummys has a part of its tail missing because, again, someone wanted a snack... but it seems fine. It's got a little belly now. They ALL have bellies now.. I wonder if I should cut back on their food.

I also have 5 cardinals from the very beginning. First fish I got for the tank besides Betty. One of the larger ones chases the smaller ones. Otherwise, they're cool.

Today was bloodworm day and they fought for those goodies! Here's a really bad quality video of my snapchats.


I'm pretty much at my limit. I was thinking of getting otos or cory catfish but they need to be in schools of at least 6. And my tank would DIE. Maybe an assassin snail as the clean up crew but I'd have to research to see what their bioload is like.

Personal opinion: When customers come and ask for algae eaters, I'm quick to remind them that they can get huge and aggressive. Unfortunately I've had plenty of customers refuse my advice, especially people with goldfish. This might be harsh to say, but it's not that hard to just use a sponge and clean the tank... Or if you need a clean up crew, do your research or at least have a big enough tank.

But I understand fish keeping is hard if you do it correctly. And people, and myself included, have made choices based on our own wants and desires that turn out to be not-so-good choices and could potentially have been avoided. For example...



The Fry
So, since I have female guppies and only female guppies, and since I only went on one website that said female guppies are less territorial... I thought, hey, I can avoid the inevitable multiplication of guppies!

Nope.

A few weeks later, I found a little guy floating in the salvinia. I was like, what the heck??? How did you get in there??? The next week, I kept finding one every day. I had 8 fry in the end in a hatchery box. And they kept escaping!

I also found out that breeding boxes aren't good for the growth of fry... so I went to buy another heater and a sponge filter cartilage and filled a 5G bucket with water. And that's where my babies are for now.


(@SimplyXt;, here's my bucket of fry!)

I can only find 5 of them so I think 3 died or are really good at hiding. I do a water change every 2 days. Sometimes I'm lazy and don't clean the bottom of their tank so that's why its a mess. XD



I can bring the babies to where I work once they get older so that's my plan. Might keep one or two but seeing how I kind of want to rehome the female guppies, I might not keep any.

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Anyone think it's a problem that Betty likes to swim at the back of the tank. Would you call it glass surfing? She does this regularly. In the beginning, she would flare at the filter/her reflection. She doesn't anymore.

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Still waiting for Aquaman's tank. It's 1:44 PM and UPS says my package has been out on delivery since 6 AM.

Receiving packages stresses me out. Not the grave kind of stress, just a bit of a bother because I don't want the UPS guy to see me in my PJs! So I changed into presentable clothes which is not my preferred attire at home (#firstworldproblems). The waiting also kills. Is that the door bell? Nope. My imagination. Is that the gate? Nope. Just some cars zooming by. UPS also sometimes likes to play ding dong ditch without ditching the parcel so if I'm not fast enough, they take the parcel back and I have to wait and travel to the post office for it. Argh!!

So here I am... sitting at the kitchen table with my presentable clothes on and feet ready to run to the door so I can catch the lightning fast UPS guy and get my precious goods!

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Here's some Ming pics because I love him and I want everyone to love him too. AHha!!



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Ugh, I timed-out so this is my second time writing this post.

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No luck with the NLS food aside from with Hope who is flaring today! So that means something.

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I got a new dragon decoration from PetSmart today. Everything was on sale for 15% off which is awesome. It's a bit scary but it fits Shorty's personality quite well.




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Aquaman's new tank came in and I finished setting it up last night! It wasn't cycled but I put Aquaman in there anyway. I decided it's better than being in the unfiltered 2.5G but I'll monitor him closely and test the water frequently.

And, if it's not obvious, the scape was inspired by @Autumncrossing . And I just realized the rock is being covered the IAL. D'oh!



I will be attempting to grow a java moss carpet. Hope I can do it.

And here's a video of Aquaman in his new crib (and of Ming at the end).


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Just started reading, but all your fish are lovely, especially Aquaman! Wow! And I love their names, especially Betty White. :)


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Also, my bettas don't like New Life Spectrum much either. Don't know why! They ate it at first and sometimes I can get them to eat a few pellets if I sneak them in with their other food, but my male usually just ignores NLS and my female eats it, but spits it back out. They both like Omega One, so you could maybe try that if you haven't already!


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Thank you! And ohhh okay, I think I'll try the Omega One food. I also heard Hikari is good too, so I might get both eventually.

Hope has been flaring during feeding time so maybe the food is doing something to him? It's amusing though! I've never seen him flare until yesterday and wooooo, he's coming out of his shell.

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It looks beautiful!! You did an awesome job . Is that a little dwarf hair grass i see at the bottom? What substrate did you use! Let me know how it grows in your tank!!! aquaman looks pretty happy!


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