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Old 10-03-2015, 04:22 PM   #1 
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I decided to start a new journal! After all the heartache from the deaths of Magma & all his potential tank mates (only Babo, the female Tiger Nerite Snail survived!), I'm awaiting a new Betta! I already named him Phantom because his coloring reminds me of the Phantom of the Opera. He even has a white face (mask!). I won the Aquabid auction last night with my one & only bid, which I placed right before it closed.

I emailed the seller/breeder soon after the auction ended, but I still haven't heard from him. I know Saturdays are busy days for Betta sellers/breeders in Thailand, so I'm not worried. Plus there's also the 12-hour difference, with them being ahead. I'm using the same transhipper I used for Magma, since he did a phenomenal job handling & shipping him to me.

Since I'm currently working on a fish-less cycle, I might have to put Phantom in a temporary setup until the cycle is established. I'm thinking of using a 5 gallon bucket for the initial acclimation, which would be easier for my mother to handle since I'll be at work when he arrives. I'll set up a spare filter & heater in it and use clear craft mesh as a cover.

Here's the breeder's picture of Phantom. I'll post pictures when I receive him!
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Old 10-03-2015, 06:30 PM   #2 
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WOW. Just really WOW! Phantom is just a perfect name for such a beautiful guy. Although, I'm guessing, eventually he will be unmasked just like the real Phantom. ;)

I look forward to your pictures!!!
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Old 10-03-2015, 10:39 PM   #3 
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Thanks! We'll see if his coloring changes, it seems Bettas with white (his face) & clear (his fins edges) tend to change over time. Though I hope he doesn't!
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Old 10-04-2015, 04:12 PM   #4 
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I wonder what Phantom is doing right now? When does he ship? I am going to imagine him flying over the ocean in a huge plane. It seems so strange to think of the journey he will be making. Right now he is probably still at the breeders? In a jar? He will be in awe of his new home.
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Old 10-04-2015, 04:22 PM   #5 
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He ships on Saturday from Thailand. The transhipper should receive him that Monday & reshoot him to me on Tuesday. I'm shelling out for FedEx overnight, so I should receive him by next week Wednesday. It's a pretty penny, but it's worth it to me. I feel it's best to minimize the domestic shipping time, after being shipped across the world to a different climate. But that's just my opinion, specially after a mishap with another transhipper. I prefer to play it safe & pay the price from my wallet rather than an innocent life. I'm essentially paying for peace of mind.
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Old 10-04-2015, 06:57 PM   #6 
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Absolutely! I do believe I would do the same thing if I was ordering a betta. I was wondering if the transhipper opens the box? I guess they must. So they make sure it is alive and then seal him back up and ship him right back out, the same day?
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Old 10-04-2015, 08:11 PM   #7 
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I believe they do open the box. They're supposed to inspect the fish & maybe do a partial water change if needed. I'm pretty sure Magma was checked & at least had his bag water treated by the transhipper because my sister found a small hole on the inner bag which was sealed. He arrived in excellent condition! And the transhipper labeled the box "LIVE FISH", which I really appreciated.

I don't think they do the inspection & re-ship the same day. For the most part it seems any maintenance is done on Monday after the transhipper receives them. They re-ship on Tuesday. Although it depends on how many fish they receive.
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Old 10-04-2015, 08:26 PM   #8 
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Awesome!!!!! He's such a beautiful boy!!!! I'll be sticking around for this!!!
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Old 10-04-2015, 09:34 PM   #9 
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Thanks! I just paid the transhipping fees, so I'm one step closer to having him! I can't wait! I'm so excited!
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Old 10-04-2015, 11:27 PM   #10 
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Yay!!! Update us for sure once he arrives
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