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Captain's log, stardate 94813.4. It's been about two months since I started this new budding hobby and after posting and receiving help from many people on these forums I decided that it would be rather fun to turn all that into a journal! / journal string haha!(also sorry for the type o's I am dyslexic)

That aside some information on me! I am an Industrial Design major at PRATT Institute in Brooklyn NY.

And so it begins?

Well starting from the beginning I have been recovering from depression and finally was about at the point where I could comfortably take care of myself. On that note having grown up with cats and having grown up with them for most of my life I really wanted a furry companion. On that note I didn't feel that I was ready to take the next step to actually get a cat. There were lots of complications, not the right housing environment (not enough space), to me only benign home for a few hours each day. Some how I decided that keeping a fish would help prove to myself that I was capable of keeping a living creature. So I got a 5 gallon tank got it cycled, aquascaped, everything was ready, now I just need the fish. So I took the subway down to my local fish store.

I was trying to decide between a betta fish, a few guppies, or one fancy goldfish.(yes I know 5g is far too small for a goldfish however I was less informed then)

I literally spent two hours in the fish store looking at all the fish, talking with the employees, looking at all the fish, looking at the measly supply of bettas, again looking at the fish... I was hoping to walk in to the store and fall in love. Like many a fairytale falsehood that did not happen. Although my heart was fairly set on coming home with a betta. I had come in not wanting a CT, in my head they just looked very ragged, and to a degree very unhealthy. However upon looking at all the bettas: several sad veil tales , one giant, and a handful of depressed looking half moons, and one flamboyantly displaying crown tail. He was beautiful but he didn't make my heart sing, none of them really did. So cutting my losses I proceeded to spend the next hour staring at the bettas waiting for them to flair a little to see what they would truly look like. And I settled on one blue half moon boy.

Just my luck though someone else had their eye on him and his neighbor. Long story short the store workers decided if I wanted the fish I could have it since I had been there for two hours and the other person had only just walked in. However I saw this as a sign that it was not meant to be, and was happy enough for the other customer to have the fish, provided they went to a good home. Slightly discouraged I continued to stare at the betta rack. Apparently the staff were quite rustled that I didn't walk out with the first betta I picked and the manager came out to speak with me, we talked and he asked why I didn't want the gorgeous displaying crow tale. So I told him my reasons, and he nodded and told me that in a few days they would be getting in a new shipment. I thanked him and continued to roam the store looking at fish. About 15 min later I was back at the row of bettas.

I told my self when I walked into the shop that I was leaving with a fish and I was going to keep true to my own word!

And that is the story of how I brought the hyper aggressive betta fish now known as Michael home with me. "You may not like me, and I may not like you, but I think I can learn to love you." (Named him on the taxi ride back home)

All in all I think I'm rather head over heals for my silly little boy. Glad I took the chance.
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We have had our ups and downs, Michael hated his reflection in his tank and so I tried to cover the black acrylic (it's a part of the tank/ filter... very difficult)
no mods
yellow frosted acrylic (laser cut out)
installed the tank mod
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Err it kinda worked all that was yellow was fine however he hated the filter intake and would still flare. Why was this a problem? Well he ended up having a blow out of his fins and a pin hole... = betta mom has an aneurism.
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Me so into a hospital tank he went! Aka a rubber made bin. (a sponge filter was added minuets after this photo was taken)

He was treated with stress guard, a pinch of aquarium salt, and Indian almond leaves. Also he was allowed to eat all the frozen food he wished. (To a healthy degree)

Within two weeks he was back up to par! All healed aside from a micro pinhole in his fin. And everyday he continued to make leaps and bounds!
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And so the day came that we upgraded from a 5>tub>10 the black background is on a peel off later I really wanted it to work out, but just in case he didn't like it I could remove it quickly.
He didn't like it...
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It was removed and replaced by a layer of window frosting film.
Then I got the idea to layer them! Haha!!! Maybe he won't flare at this!!!
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Phew all caught up, this is present day and only time will tell, so far there is definitely less flaring (he gave it one or two quick flashes but nothing compared to the sustained two hour long dominance dances he would put on...)

My fingers are crossed...


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So far the new background is working like a charm! No flaring haha TAKE THAT Michael!!!

Also gave him a 50% wc last night because we had some white fluffy stuff on the heater and one plant... some articles say its bacteria other say fungus both say it's harmless just nasty looking. Scrubbed it off and vacuumed it up (NOT IM MY HOUSE)!!!


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The new light came in :)
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Tried to sneak some pics of Michael...



He noticed preeeety quick.... he doesn't like my phone...
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