So I got bored this morning and started designing (yet) another website for myself. I want to get into breeding eventually, and I'll need a place to showcase my broods. Nothing is launched yet, obviously, and there's not much in the way of content, but it was still a fun exercise. I played with a new theme that looks really cool so far. I'm kind of sad that I don't have any web design work right now. I haven't heard back from the LFS whose site I offered to redesign for store credit. I'm hoping it's just a delay, rather than a dismissal of the proposal, but I can't keep my hopes too high.
I'm also in the market for golden eel kuhli loaches, but I can't seem to find them anywhere - just the standard and black kuhlis. If I can get my hands on a few, I plan to set up a breeding tank for them right away, even if I don't decide to breed immediately. They just seem to be so rare that I would love to increase the supply. They are truly a beautiful fish with a pink and blue sheen on a silvery body. Take a look.
I know, gorgeous, right? I can't stop looking at pictures of them. My best hope for finding them right now is the anecdotal evidence that sometimes they get thrown in the same tank as your standard kuhli at fish stores. Hopefully I can get my LFS to keep an eye out for me and pick up a couple at a time. If that's the way it goes, the few I get will go in the sorority-to-be tank until I have enough to set up the species tank.
I'm also kind of obsessed with pea puffers right now, but they can't go with bettas because they nip at flowy fins. I'd need a dedicated tank right off the bat, and as cute as they are, I'm not sure I want to pay for a full setup for them. For now I'll stick to baby-talking the tank of them in my LFS whenever I go. They're just so adorable! Look at them!
In the meantime, I'm still looking for what would be the best option(s) for Cal's companions. He's in a 6 gallon, so I don't have a lot of options. I'm not a huge fan of shrimp and snails, honestly, but it looks like those may be my best bet. According to AqAdvisor, an ADF would also fit, but I haven't decided if I really want one, or if I'm just desperate to get Cal a friend. He's just so chill that I really want to give him more of a community. So far since I've had him, he just finds a spot and chills. It's possible that his true personality hasn't come out yet. I've had him less than a week. Seriously though, it makes me a little nervous because if this is just what he's like, I'd never be able to tell if he's getting lethargic. I'm going to give him a little more time to come out of his shell just to see what happens. He doesn't even get excited at feeding time. He's just like "oh, food. Cool." He's going to be getting his first meal of bloodworms today, so we'll see if he's more psyched about that.
He's also very skittish. I don't think this guy has ever had so much space. Like I said in my first post, he came from PetSmart, and I don't know what their breeder's conditions are like, or how long he was in that cup. I'm considering getting a 2.5 gallon for my desk, so I might try putting him in there (alone of course) to see if he adjusts better with a smaller tank. I'm literally wondering if I have an agoraphobic fish. I just want him to be happy!
I'm also wondering if his filter is creating too much of a current. It's pouring right at the water level, so not splashing down or anything, but he stays away from the center of the tank unless it's behind the outflow over by the heater. That could also be because the light is there, though. I know I saw a post on here about someone's betta who didn't like light. Some people have mentioned possibly putting a sponge in the filter's outflow, and I've thought about cutting a piece of kitchen sponge to fit, but I know a lot of the major brands put chemicals in them that I don't think would bode well. The one other thing is I'm not sure he's getting enough oxygen. The Fluval Edge
has a closed top, with only a small area to place the filter and heater as well as squeeze food in (could be another reason he's less enthusiastic about food - it drops down right by the filter's outflow). Because bettas breathe from the surface occasionally, I don't know if I need to keep the water level down a tiny bit so there's actually a surface that he can get to. I posted a thread about it, but no one answered.
I'm going to try and take some more pictures of him today. I haven't yet been able to capture the sheen of his fins. They reflect this incredible light blue and cyan. When the light hits just right, it's breathtaking. Still, every time I pull my phone out to capture it, he hides. I'm going to bust out the camera at the bloodworm feeding today to see if I have better luck.