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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 06-18-2016, 01:17 AM Thread Starter
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Thought I would try out one of these. lol
Hmmm, where to start? Well besides having a few bettas as a child I did not get my first betta as an adult until I was about 19, same year I got married to my childhood best friend. I had just moved to the middle of nowhere in Idaho and decided to visit my aunt in Washington. While we were there I went to the local Walmart and started wandering around the fish section. In the back corner I found a solid red VT, I never impulse buy pets but just had to get him. His name was Abacus.

After him my addiction began, along with my more bettas:
Cannibal Johnson:

Beau:

Augustus:

Atlas:

Caligula:

Finger:

Ferret:

Darcia:

Claudius:

Caracalla:

Julius:

Hadrian:

Herndon:

Gyger:

Gordon:

Hong Ki:

Jace:

Melvin:

Man O' War:

Mandala:

Maxwell:

Nero:

Monster:

M'iaq:

Onion:

Sejanus:

Pug:

Plum D:

Norman:

Pinkerton:

Vitellius:

Vespasian:

Speed:

Trajan:

Stahl:

Tiberius:


About two years ago I had to give up my fish and move. I have since had two kids, a son (almost 2yr) and a daughter (2 1/2 months). In october I finally was able to get fish again. And of course I chose a betta. Ruger.

He passed away about two months ago and I now have three bettas.
Weatherby in a 10g:

Giovanni in a 5g:

Burly in a 38g:

Wow that was a long post. lol
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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 06-18-2016, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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Been messing with the layout of everyone's tanks alot. Here is what I have right now.
Giovanni's Fluval 5g:

Weatherby's 10g:

Burly's 38g:
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post #3 of 30 (permalink) Old 06-18-2016, 12:10 PM Thread Starter
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Just took some new pictures of the fish. :)
Giovanni always takes great photos:


Weatherby and his mustache:



Burly on the other hand is near impossible to get a clear photo of:
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post #4 of 30 (permalink) Old 06-20-2016, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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Updates. The 10g that Weatherby is in is actually my mother's tank, she currently lives with me and how I got back into bettas was me just deciding to get one for her tank as it was empty. Soon she will be moving out so I began looking for a tank to put Weatherby in when she leaves with her 10g. Luckily I found a Fluval Spec V on CL for only $25 (with heater and filter media refills). It came with gravel and a decoration but I like more of a natural look so I will be tossing those.
In anticipation for setting up the new spec I have been buying things for it, one being a piece of driftwood with an anubias tied to it. I put it in Burly's tank for now (I have to wait for the move into our new house before I can set the spec up).
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Whoa, you got a great deal on the spec!!! The things you can find on Craigslist...

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Yupp I'm in love with all of them! What wonderful bettas! I like little Jace pictured above, I have a thing for gray coloration. Now you said one of your newer bettas was a giant? Ive heard of giants (I have a big King male) but how big is he?

Also, how often do you do water changes in the 38? I recently moved my King from a 5.5 to a 29 gallon all by himself with bout 5 nerite snails. I have alot of plants and dual filtration. I'm thinking weekly 10% or a biweekly 25%?

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Oh yes! I forgot to mention too that Jace really caught my eye. He's beautiful :)


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My giant has about a 3.5 inch body, almost 4 inches with his fins.
I have the same cleaning schedule for all my tanks, it is easier for me to keep track if I do them all at once. I siphon about every 2-3 days, 25% water change for the 38g and 50% for the 10g and 5g. Hard to stay consistent with little kids running around me. lol

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Busy and stressful week. We have to move out by the end of July and have not been looking for rentals because we were waiting on a home loan approval. Well we got the loan but it is for such a low amount that we cannot get any house for that price, so back to scrambling for a rental we can't afford. And because I have to rent, I have to rehome my nine year old cats. There are literally NO rentals that allow pets where I live. Now I am running around trying to find them homes before the end of the month or they will end up at the shelter. To make all this sting more the person telling us to get out of our current house is a family member. Not even sure if I can keep my 38g. :/
A few days ago I went to the petstore for some things and found a betta in really bad shape. He had to have only been there for a few days because I look at the fish everytime I am there and did not see him last weekend. He was floating nose down and his water had all kinds of things in it. I thought it would help take my mind off of other things if I could help him so I called over the manager and got him down to almost half off. He had two different labels on his cup, HM giant and HMPK, I think he was deformed because his head was huge like a giant but he was the size of a normal betta. The betta didn't look good, I tried to hurry home with him but he died in my hands a few blocks from home... I am still upset over it, he was beautiful and I wanted at the very least for him to die in clean water.

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I cleaned the fish tanks, had to scrub slimy algae off of leaves and such. I also changed the layout in the 10g and 5g.



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