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Old 09-26-2014, 04:03 PM   #1 
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Talking Chronicles of Aqua Aurora's Multi Tank Syndrome

Greetings all and welcome to my betta journal where I'll keep track of the several different fish and planted tanks I have active. I've found betta are like potato chips, you can't have just one! Starting this journal off with 3 betta boys and their tanks, may add more later, certainly hope not to be removing any though. There are a few other non betta tanks I may toss up photos and updates for occasionally. At the time of opening this I have *has to visualizes each to to count* 6 active tanks (3 are betta inhabited), 1 quarantine tank, 1 'plant dumping' tank, 1 0.5 planted vase, and some unused small containers (most likely for plants and snails then fish).

XERXES
So first lets have some introductions, this is Xerxes, he's a mustard gas plakat male bought from aquabid from a Taiwanese breeder (he's changed a lot from the auction photo). He's a very active boy that likes to swim around the tank all day, he's very food greedy and has no problem jumping up to nab food off my finger if I take too long getting it unstuck from said finger. He gets incredibly grumpy when I'm late to feed him lunch and dinner, especially when its feeding time and I have a camera/phone camera in my hands. He does not like to be photogenic or be in photos... unless she's photo-bombing. He likes to burrow down under my thick plant carpet and rest on the substrate (like a dog who dis a ditch under a porch to sleep in).
(seller photo)



(more recent photos)




His tank mates currently include: 2 otos (unnamed) and unknown #s of Malaysian trumpets, ramshorns, and pond snails (he eats the little ones usually only see medium to big mts)



Ok so you've met the gang, lets go over some details about their lil' home
Tank: 7.1g AquaTop low iron cube 11.8 x 11.8 x 11.8
Start-up Date: fishless cycling started mid March, fish/plants added May 15th
Filter: Eheim classic 2211 canister filter WITH spray bar aimed at wall its suction cupped to
Heater: Eheim Jagar 50watt heater in a DIY pvc inline heater connected to canister filter outflow
Light: 13 watt 6500kelvin cfl bulb in clamp on work lamp hung from chain about 20" above substrate
Substrate: Black Diamond blasting 'sand' it's cheap and awesome stuff GET IT!
Hardscape/Decor: Currently none but will be adding a nice rock... eventually

Water Parameters:
pH: 7.5
GH & KH: 70s & 160s ppm (hard water)
Temp: 78F
Ammonia/Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate:10-20 ppm

Plant list: (at time of this journal start up)
Salvia minimia
Hygro sp tiger
Hydro sp japan
Rotala Rotundifolia

Tank Placement: On my desk to right of the computer monitor near the door
Plant Supplements: Seachem liquid: Excel, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, and Flourish
Other Things: 1 Thermometer, 1 Indian Almond Leaf, cut foam cover over filter intake, DIY Lexan lid

And we'll end the first post with a recent frontal tank shot as I view it from my seat at the desk.. I really need to re-scape and trim plants soon!

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Old 09-26-2014, 04:04 PM   #2 
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ALASTOR
Alastor is a Petco rescue delta male, I named him after the Greek spirit of blood feuds and revenge (mostly because of the blood red markings in his fins) but he's actually the most timid/non aggressive of my currently 3 bettas. I have a hard time capturing it with the camera, but his actually a white dragon scale with a bit of peach on his face (a blaze going up his forehead), his fins are very iridescent/prism like, with a bit of cellophane action at the tips, he's also got a little splash of red in his fins nearer to the body. Unfortunately most photos make him look too glow-y/light glare heavy or pink ._. he's not pink!
Anyways I rescued him along with another male betta, Magnus, and had them setup in a 10g quarantine tank with dividers used to make a “T”.. until the mustard decided to get wrecked getting over the barrier and trying to pick a fight with Alastor (and loosing from the look of it when I found them). Once the mustard was moved to a separate tank Alastor had the look of “Wasn't my fault, he came over and started it.” He had the feel of a fish that could kick serious ass but wasn't interested in fighting.. he was forced into that one since there was no escape. Alastor had the 10g to him self until his final tank was ready after re-scaping it. He moved in over a week ago and seems fairly content. He's still a bit finger shy, or shy of any object that gets put right against the glass really, but on a curved jar I guess it would look all big and distorted from his perspective.. hopefully he gets use to it ^^




He currently has a zebra nephrite snail living with him, but I hardly ever see the darn thing (It loves to hang out on the 'dark side' of the wood). There is probably some other tiny snails in there somehow too.. There are also tiny white micro crustaceans in there -I think they're called Copepods- and just look like little specks moving on the glass or in the water. A good flow/current gets rid of them but bettas don’t like that so they stay.. actually some fish will eat them including bettas, though I've not seen him suck any of them down yet.
Magnus' nerite on the left, Alastor's is on the right (they look better under the tank light, no so dark)






Tank details:
Tank: 2g Anchor Glass Cookie Jar
Start-up Date: Mid April, converted to betta tank mid September
Heater: Cobolt Mini 10 watt w/ Azoo micro temp controller
Filter: Jardin mini cylinder sponge filter w/ tetra whisper 10 air pump
Substrate: Black Diamond 'sand'
Hardscape: Driftwood 2 pieces (dunno type) + 3 small smooth black stones
Plant Supplements: Seachem Excel


Plats List: (at time of journal write up)
Christmas moss
Singapore moss
Salvia minima


Water Parameters:
pH: 7.5
GH & KH: 70s & 160s ppm (hard water)
Temp: roughly 77-78F
Ammonia/Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate:10-20 ppm


Tank Placement: Circular bookshelf below a windowsill by the front door in living room with a view to the kitchen table
Other Things:
1 Indian Almond Leaf, 1 Thermometer, DIY Lexan lid


Tank photos:

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Old 09-26-2014, 04:04 PM   #3 
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MAGNUS
Magnus Is a mustard gas delta (mis-sold as a double tail) rescue from Petco, bought with Alastor. Magnus is an interesting fello.. he seems to have a slight quirk where his pelvic fins are always to his left of the anal fin, he can move them, but they just seem to slant to that side most of the time. Magnus shared the quarantine tank with Alastor, with dividers used o keep them separate, and unseen.. but he spotted his white nemesis through the screen one day and decided to raid the other side of the tank! After shredding his fins getting to the opposite side of the divide, he proceeded to have a (short) intense battle with Alastor until I busted the two and removed him. Magnus was clearly loosing from the greater fin damage and was kept in a small 3g quarantine tank (serape and at the other end of the room) to heal. He was clearly pouty from the failed fight and seemed like a viking who would have rather died in battle then be rescued/retreated. Once Alastor moved to his final tank, Magnus got an upgrade to the 10g quarantine. He's been doing well and though I can't give him much to entertain him IN the tank (not a lot of betta fin and aquarium safe things around) I try to hang around him when I can and put things outside his tank and move those around to stimulate him so he's not too bored. The quarantine tank is next to my plant dumping tank so he can see the plans over there, he can also see my active 20g long community tank and the 55g that the community tank plants and fish will be moved into over the next week hopefully.
I'll post more photos of Magnus once he's all healed up.



Soon he will share his (permanent) tank with a nerite snail I rescued from Pestmart.. which apparently has very soft water which caused it shell damage (its healing slowly in my calcium rich water) I thought it would be fitting to have the 2 damaged fellos housed together.
The damaged nerites 'good side' (cant see the chip and cracks) really love how this photo turned out!



Tank details:
Tank: 2-3g glass bubble bowl
Start-up Date: Mid April, converted to betta tank mid September
Filter: Jardin mini cylinder sponge filter w/ tetra whisper 10 air pump
Heater: Cobolt Mini 10 watt w/ Azoo micro temp controller
Substrate: MGOPM capped w/ Black Diamond 'sand'
Plant Supplements: Seachem Excel


Plant list:
(at start of this thread)
Dwarf baby tears aka HC
Pygmy chain sword
Micro sword narrow leaf
Blyxa japonica
Salvia minima

Water Parameters:
pH: 7.5
GH & KH: 70s & 160s ppm (hard water)
Temp: 78F
Ammonia/Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate:___

Tank Placement:Circular bookshelf below a windowsill by the front door in living room with a view to the kitchen table
Other Things:
1 Indian Almond Leaf, 1 Thermometer, DIY Lexan lid

Hoping blyxa grows back in quickly to hide equipment again like it did before the rescape.

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Old 09-26-2014, 04:28 PM   #4 
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Xerxes tank: Old photos of initial start up of the tank and older scapes (photo spam alert)






Here he is drip acclimating in the dark on day 1







[6/16/14]

[6/26/14]

[7/28/14]




Xerxes actually arrived a day early in the mail so instead of taking that day to slowly plant the tank and play with scaping ideas then except him the following morning, I had to rush planting do a quick water change for loose sediment then drip him in. I ultimately re-scaped the tank a few times after that first day.. and am due for another (still not quite happy with it). When he arrived he had no damage but was beautifully pale he looked almost silver, with a faint blue tinting to his body, and very mild yellow/white tail. Was happy to see him eat that evening and be pretty much completely colored back up the following day.. I loved having the dwarf lily in his tank (so did he) but it became not-so-dwarf and hogged most of the light so it was moved to another tank. A while after that I moved a lot of the other stem plants out to simplify the scape.

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Old 09-26-2014, 10:00 PM   #5 
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What a nice, well-organized journal! I look forward to hearing more about your pets.
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Old 09-27-2014, 07:24 PM   #9 
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So it turns out the nertie snail that lives with Alastor currently.. is a girl! Nerite snail females lay small white eggs frequently (more like 'constantly' according to some owners), even without a male to fertilize them, however they will not hatch in fresh water (even if the boy is around). I believe they need strong brackish or even sea water quality salinity to be born.. I'm not aware of anyone (regular hobbiest) successfully hatching nerite snails in a home aquarium. Wonder if Alastor will eat the free snail-caviar as a snack.. many of them are hidden in odd spots I didn't think the big snail could wedge itself in between the driftwood and glass, and a few are under the moss on the wood. I'll try to get some photos of them tomorrow but they're rather small and hard to get a good focus on.



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