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Old 03-26-2011, 04:06 PM   #1 
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Smaug - new addition

So, some of you may remember I had a little crowntail named Xander that I got over Christmas (see avatar). He was a great little guy, but a few weeks ago he died from what I now suspect was dropsy. His stomach got HUGE, scales started getting a little raised, and upon doing a necropsy I found nothing but fluid in his abdomen. (I'm a pre-vet bio major, sorry if it bothers, anyone, but I HAD to take a look inside). He got sick and died in a matter of days. It was the weirdest thing because at that point his tank had already been cycled for over a month and a half and ammonia and nitrites were at 0, with low nitrates. **shrugs** I hate to think it's something that I did that caused his death.

But anyway I decided to give it another go, and after getting new substrate and soaking all of Xander's stuff in scolding hot water, I brought home Smaug.

So far he's been doing great, he's MUCH MUCH more active than Xander ever was, making me think he's perhaps healthier (I got Smaug from a different aquarium store that kept their bettas in separate compartments in a filtered and heated aquarium). Xander had constant health issues from the moment I brought him home. However, Smaug has even started what appears to be the beginnings of a bubble nest. Currently, he's flaring at a pepsi can next to his tank.

Hope it goes better for him than it did for my poor little Xander.
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Old 03-26-2011, 06:41 PM   #2 
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What a unique color! I love him
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Old 03-26-2011, 07:35 PM   #3 
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Aww I'm sorry about your first fish. New boy is very pretty though!
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Old 03-26-2011, 07:47 PM   #4 
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Sorry about losing Xander. And after having him for such a short time too! ):

Your new boy is very beautiful though. I love him!
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Old 03-26-2011, 09:06 PM   #5 
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Smaug is such a handsome guy, Soccerdog. Sounds like you're a great betta-keeper and lots of good luck with the new boy!
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Old 03-26-2011, 09:40 PM   #6 
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Did you name your betta after the dragon in The Hobbit? I love that book, I am reading through it again after I read it, The lord of the rings series, and finally The Silmarillion (which happends to be a hard to find Tolkien book focusing on many things that happen before The Hobbit and lord of the rings takes place).

I am getting carried away again!

Beautiful betta! Smaug is very handsome!
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Old 03-26-2011, 09:49 PM   #7 
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beautiful BUTTERFLY i love butterflys :)
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Old 03-27-2011, 01:18 AM   #8 
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Yep, definitely Smaug from the Hobbit! I picked my Smaug because he was flaring up the most at the other bettas and seemed the most active and territorial - kind of like how Smaug (from the Hobbit) as as he guarded his treasure!

Plus, he's orange and black - he looked like fire!
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Pretty boy! Yaaay for another Tolkien -inspired betta name! All of my females have Tolkien names.
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