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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-13-2016, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all,
I'm Blue and am excited to share my adventures in betta keeping with you all! I'm getting my betta in the next few weeks (for real this time, haha, been saying that for awhile, just got to convince myself to make the plunge and that I have researched enough). I have been looking around and researching since March or so, and want a betta as a companion for my college years and beyond.

A little about me I am a pre-vet major and hope to work with large animals as I get older. I also hope to develop tips to keeping fish in college and relocating them, as I know many who want them but have not have success with them.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-20-2016, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I finally got myself to go for and bought my tank. It's a 5-gallon Marineland nook. I really like the look of it and it's really light (when empty) to pick up, which is good for transport, and I've heard lots of good things about it. I also got 5 pounds of gravel, a net, a moss ball, some amazon sword, and a non-floating betta log. I'm going to go to otherchainpetstoreintown either tomorrow or Wednesday to get my water testing stuff, thermometer, and a gravel vac, as well as look for a clean bucket around my house/buy one. We have many buckets but most have touched soap, paint, or other DIY not fish-friendly things. I already have water conditioner, heater, and food, so I think that I will be good to go after that and will set it up. If everything works properly, I should have my fish soon!

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I did it!! I set everything up last week and today I went out and got my betta! Funny thing is, I convinced myself I did NOT want a veil tail (too boring, I think). I think you can all guess what I got....heh. Pictures to come. He is blue/green with a bit of fading throughout. Very pretty. Am acclimating him right now. Only thing is I noticed when I got home his ventral fin had some signs of biting. I really hope it is not from any stress I gave him transporting/acclimating. But if it is, hopefully it will settle down and stop once he's in the tank and I leave him alone for a bit. I believe it may be from the acclimation, but I don't want to dump him into the tank regardless, as that shock may stress him more and lead to more biting.
Gah, nervous first-time owner. We shall see.

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Whelp, I believe my little guy is a biter, but at hopefully I'll figure it out. Maybe I shouldn't have decided to do a fish-in cycle. Bad Blue Hen, bad! Did my first water change, everything seems to be running smoothly. Active little fella. Need a good name for him.

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Here's a picture finally, apologies for the potato quality.
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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-06-2016, 05:23 PM
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Congrats on the new fish! He is such a lovely shade of blue. Did you pick out a name for him yet?

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Finally a name!

I actually found a name that stuck with me. Cobalt! (although he is more turquoise than cobalt). He seems to like it and has settled in well. I think his fins are doing ok. The only thing I noticed is that he doesn't tend to swim in the center of his tank, seems to stick to the sides, but not rubbing against them. I believe it might be due to the filter flow, so I'd have to experiment with it, or maybe he just likes the sides. Going to try to set up a baffle.
Here's a couple more from the day I got him and right after. Fast little bugger, hard to photograph.
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Cobalt is such a handsome fellow! And I like your choice of name very much. Maybe he is glass-surfing (aka chasing his reflection)? I know both of my boys glass-surf like crazy.

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Can you post a full picture of your tank? He may be stressed because the tank is too bare

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