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Old 10-02-2008, 11:57 AM   #1 
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New to the Forum, Have an interesting Story and two question

Hi eveyone I am new here had my Betta, Merlin, for about two weeks, nice birthday gift to myself. Anyways I was doing my morning feed for him and his tankmates and as usually observing the feeding frenzy that occurs. Only this time I notice Merlin was extremely dark his color were so radiant that he looked like a different fish. I notice him kinda swimming in place looking at the substrate for about a minute, I thought he was just taking a break for eating to fast or something, but then all of a sudden he flared out and totally owned one of the little snails in the tank.

I guess my question is have bettas been known to go after snails or was this a random occurance? And secondly i have a plakat betta but am now not sure if it is a HM plakat since this time when he flare his tail extended to what looked like 180 degree, a bigger extension than I have ever seen him do before
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Old 10-02-2008, 01:39 PM   #2 
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Maybe this is inappropriate but I just LAUGHED at your description of the snails demise. You have a feisty betta!

Sorry - no advice here but you might rename him Thor or The Terminator. LMAO!
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Old 10-02-2008, 02:02 PM   #3 
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"Totally owned one of the little snails..." LOL that about describes it! Sorry for the snail though. :(

How neat about the HM/Plakat Possibility...but I do think that Plakats sometimes have a very big fin radius...I may be wrong.

Just got a HM myself from hubby for my Birthday! YAY!

z-fish

PS...name him SYLAR...Hee Hee...(if you are into Heroes)
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Old 10-02-2008, 03:04 PM   #4 
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sorry about the snail :( all bettas are different and have a different level of tolerance for tankmates, some are just more peacefull or more agressive than others, their colors can change after you bring them home if they are still growing, or just the improvemend in water temperature and quality.
if he is a hm, its not a matter of how long the tail it its the width of it, if he is a hm it will be ATLEAST 1/2 circle when its flaired

this one is a hm plakat
http://ebetta.com/wp-content/uploads...betta-fish.jpg
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Old 10-02-2008, 06:00 PM   #5 
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It cool there are plenty more snail in the tank with them that I dont mind Merlin acting as the snail police, especially if it keeps their population in check. As far as him being a HM it is hard to tell cause when he flared this morning his tail was a half circle but that is the first time I even noticed him flaring it to that extent normal it will look like a large triangle.

Is it common for their colors to change with their mood and not just according to water parimeters. Cause I notice that when he is excited his colors are dark and rich (especially during feeding time) and when he is calm and just swimming gently they are a little lighter.

I need to go buy some test strip to test out the water but all of the fish and plants have been thriving so i really havent been to concerned.
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Old 10-02-2008, 06:11 PM   #6 
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i depends on the body thats how i tell. Post a picture about it
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Old 10-02-2008, 06:37 PM   #7 
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Ok i just got done looking at everyone pictures of their betta's and am convince Merlin is not a HM plakat I will work on getting a photo up of him and his buddies soon
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Old 10-02-2008, 07:20 PM   #8 
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Just a thought: those test strips are not very accurate. You're better off using a liquid test kit. This is the one I use as it was recommend highly by everyone here on the forum:

http://www.aquariumguys.com/mastertestkit.html

Merlin sounds like a character. I hope you can post a pic soon!
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Old 10-02-2008, 07:27 PM   #9 
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One of my Bettas attacked a snail once. It was funny, but had to rehome the poor little snail lol
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Old 10-02-2008, 07:34 PM   #10 
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Merlin definitely has character before him the big kid on the block was Squirt my two and half yr old platy but he has really emerge as the enforcer, not that he is attacking his tank makes, minus the snails, but when its his turn to eat the others make way
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