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post #1 of 64 (permalink) Old 11-05-2016, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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I've found over the years that my username is somewhat a mouthful, and altogether difficult. So feel free to call me Iris. I'm currently an animal science student, work at a veterinary hospital/boarding facility, and plan on attending a veterinary technology program next fall. I've always been drawn to animals, and have studied small/large animals with equal enthusiasm. I ride western (I don't show but have been urged to by several trainers), and started learning to drive draft horses last year. I am, however, fairly green when it comes to fish-keeping.

Like most children I had the token goldfish; my brothers did as well. I kept a betta for a while when I was young, and I've been in love with them ever since. It wasn't until recently that I decided to dive back in though. I always have the need to mother an animal, and this was the most feasible way to do so with my current schedule/income/school life. I've spent months reading this forum, wanting to be the best betta mom I can be. I still need your help though! Which is why I decided to start this journal, to chronicle my progress and learning.

But enough about me! Let me introduce you to my new (still currently unnamed) little betta.







I swear every time I try to photograph him he puts on a swimming show! Which only makes it more difficult to get a photo :) He has been so active and curious since he arrived. I was worried the filter would be to strong for him (he's in a Fluval Spec V), but he loves to ride the current, and has no trouble swimming against it. When I do a water change, he likes to swim up under the water I pour in and play in the bubbles it makes. I'll be getting him some more plants soon as he really enjoys hiding in them (he sleeps on the floating water sprite in the upper right hand corner of the tank).

He is a very sweet boy, and I look forward to learning more with him. Hopefully I can figure out a name soon. I am the biggest Harry Potter nerd so I'm trying to pick a name related to the books. But for now, thanks for reading!
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He's stunning! Your tank is very nice as well. :D

Just keep swimming.
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Thank you! His colors are somewhat difficult to photograph. His fins are orange (I know they look red). The best representation I have is the seller's photo.



Hoping to get another plant or two this week, probably a java fern. Not really sure what else to try out. I want to get some more floating plants but some are illegal to ship into California so I'll have to drive a ways to get them.


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Hes beautiful <3 did you get him off eBay?

5 giant goldfish, 23 bettas, a dozen guppies, 20 bronze/albino corys and a random assortment of a few other community fish/ invertebrates.
1 adorable little frog, 5 cats, 3 dogs and a wonderful toddler aged daughter

Family fur-balls and fins <3
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Hes beautiful <3 did you get him off eBay?


Thank you! I did get him off eBay. Our local pet store in town sells Betta's, but they don't take great care of them (also have very few products to pick from).


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I was looking at him ^^ he was too orange for my upcoming project

Depending on his age the dragon scaling should get "heavier" meaning more white, causing less of the orange on his body to show

5 giant goldfish, 23 bettas, a dozen guppies, 20 bronze/albino corys and a random assortment of a few other community fish/ invertebrates.
1 adorable little frog, 5 cats, 3 dogs and a wonderful toddler aged daughter

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I was looking at him ^^ he was too orange for my upcoming project



Depending on his age the dragon scaling should get "heavier" meaning more white, causing less of the orange on his body to show


Small world! :) what project are you going to be starting if you don't mind my asking? I love reading everyone's journals and seeing what they're working on (as I'm in no position to work on a breeding/sorority/etc. project at the moment).

According to his description he's around 3.5 months, although they say that about all of them. He's young nonetheless. Interested to see what happens for him color-wise. I wasn't originally looking for a dragon but then again I wasn't looking for anything in particular except for the HM tail.


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Red dragon EE hmpk ^^

After I get that part right I can try for other colors. I haven't seen anything like it, so I'm not sure if it's impossible or no one thinks it will sell. The images in my head are just beautiful though! I already have a sorority ^^ that was actually really easy I've only had one aggressive flare up and removed the problem child now my girls are back to the wonderful laid back group I love <3

5 giant goldfish, 23 bettas, a dozen guppies, 20 bronze/albino corys and a random assortment of a few other community fish/ invertebrates.
1 adorable little frog, 5 cats, 3 dogs and a wonderful toddler aged daughter

Family fur-balls and fins <3
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I love love love EE's! I was looking for one for the longest time but couldn't find one that I liked color-wise. I wish you luck! If ever I have time to try a start a sorority I will, but I'm not sure when that will be.


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Little update for the night. Still currently unnamed fish (thinking about Remus, as in Professor Remus "Moony" Lupin...) is still very active. His new thing he's been doing is flaring at me right after I feed him. I'll be sure to have my camera at the ready next time so I can get a picture. His beard is huge compared to the rest of him!



At first I thought this was just a build up of bubbles from the filter flow, but the water sprite I have floating breaks up the current. And I noticed that he has been adding bubbles so it looks like this is his first bubble nest attempt! <3 He must have started it today while I was at work because it wasn't there when I left this morning.


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