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Old 02-20-2013, 05:43 PM   #1 
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So I kinda went to my LFS yesterday story....and pics

I now hold my lfs at a lower standard. I usually go in there and of course like all other fish stores they keep there bettas in tiny few ounce cups which already irritates me since they have a barracks system set up for store bred SW products. After I passed by the cups I went by and decided to look at their tanks....you know just to "observe".

So I was walking by the usual's: Huge planted tank, SW Coral tanks, SW fish, and then I got to the freshwater section. There were Cichlids, Koi, Goldfish, an Arowana for some reason.... and then I got to the tank with the neon tetras. Now at this point you're probably wondering "so just a normal store with the normal misunderstanding of bettas" well I looked in the tank with the neons and let me tell you what I saw. The flow in the tank was pretty strong but neon's being as streamlined as they are were doing fine, as I was looking closer I saw 2 fish that were NOT neons, they were bettas.

These poor two fish were being thrown all over the tank from the output. I decided I would ask how much the fish cost....the guy said 1.49 and my jaw dropped. Without realizing it I must have stammered "I'll take them" because the next thing I realized was I was sitting in the car with a brown paper bag containing the two little troublemakers while getting ye olden stink eye from my mother. Anyway here are the two "hopefully" girls that will eventually end up in a sorority, it was only them and the neons but I think they were too tired to fight. Whats even more shocking is the store guy said somebody breeds bettas in the area and brings them a new batch almost every 2 weeks!
*Photos were taken yesterday night and this morning 2/19-2/20/2013
I decided to name them Rose and Lavender but will change if one or the other mysteriously becomes a man.

Rose:


























This girl has some bloat on her and has a bit of red around her gills which I am not sure if is ammonia burn or simply coloring. Sadly she is the better case of the two of them.


Lavender "possible male due to fancy finnage"




















*where is betta? :P*







Lavender here has also a bit of a stronger case of bloating. Also she struggles to reach the surface for air and does so in short sporadic burst's.

I acclimated them yesterday temp & ph and gave them a feast of blood worms just to get their strength up. I will fast them for a couple of days and see if they get better hopefully the bloat has a dietary nature and not a parasitic one. I did see some evidence of bowel movement today, it was black and slightly green but I will attribute that to the abundance of algae the store has in it's tanks "which are highly lit and oxygenated by constant heavy water movement". Each is currently in a 1.5 gallon hospital tank I scrounged up yesterday and I will have water temp readings today and will do parameter tests tomorrow.

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Old 02-20-2013, 05:45 PM   #2 
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Forgot to mention they are both also missing their ventral fins for some reason and they were a little roughed up as the decor in the tank was not exactly betta safe... and am also getting epsom and aquarium salt ready in case it is necessary.

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Old 02-20-2013, 06:18 PM   #3 
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They're so lucky to be rescued by you! :) They're both gorgeous! I hope they make a nice recovery.
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:05 PM   #4 
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Thank you, on a side note I have 2 updates.

-1st lavender might be a he, we went out for a few hours and when we came back I saw bubbles all along the left side of the cube aquarium and a density of about 1/4 an inch.

-2nd I just watched rose chow down on duckweed, and I dont mean just bite or nibble. This fish full on grabbed the duckweed, pulled it under water, chewed it up, and swallowed it...so yeah.

Anyway I will post you guys on any funky behaviour I see or changes in health or whatever.
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They are both Beautiful. I can't wait to see how their colors develop. Keep us all posted =)
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:22 PM   #6 
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Well I am confused, I looked closely and I see a prominent egg spot but when I did a reflection/mirror test I think I saw a beard behind those gills. Also the more I am looking at lavender the more I am wondering if someone was trying to make a mini plakat lol...s/he has almost a 180 spread when flared but the fin rounds up at the top and isn't a sharp 90*. Anyway how cool would it be to have mini bettas lol. The only downside is they would make even smaller tanks than 1/4 a gallon :/.
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:43 PM   #7 
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So good news, when I went to check on R & L they both look to be a little less bloated and lavender swims a lot more easily and can actually hold himself in the water. The silly fish has however take a liking to lying on the heater also their water temp stays around 78-82 and I will keep it like that until the bloat is completely gone. More pictures to be uploaded soon.
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That's great to hear! :D And who doesn't like to snuggle next to something warm? XD
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They are so beautiful. I'm especially drawn to Lavender. The blue in his/her fins - wow! They are so lucky to be rescued by you :)
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:09 PM   #10 
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So I did a photo-shoot this morning...














































































Updates:
1- Half of the duckweed in Rose's tank is gone, better duckweed managment than a dang goldfish.
2- A little neon blue is showing up on Rose's fins so I don't know if she'll end up marbling on me...
3- Bloat on both fish is significantly better (gone)
4- Lavender needs a new name....a manly one.
5- Lavender is swimming a lot more, patrols his territory every now and then, really enjoys bundling up next to the heater, and flirts with Rose at every opportunity he gets (flaring and swimming like a mad man.)

Notes:
-Sorry for the smorgasbord of pictures
-Any names for my manly fish?
-more updates coming soon!

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