As I'm new to fish keeping, I thought it might be best to have a log about everything.. Of what works, and what doesn't work. A place to gush about my betta and their personalities, so I don't annoy people who don't want to know.
Anyhow, I probably got started off on the entirely wrong foot and rushed into it. I got the tank and stuff for it first, however I had to change the gravel fairly near the beginning due to adding corydoras and needing smoother gravel for them because I didn't know where to look for sand..
Anyhow, I set up my 10gallon originally with drift wood and live plants. It seems I fail at keeping the easiest, becase the hornwort died and began to rot within a couple weeks of each other... Fairly annoying, however the java fern has been growing nicely.
Newly set up my tank had looked like this:
However, my HM betta Rory's tail began getting cut, and slowly I was removing everything trying to figure out what was cutting it. I replaced filter, with a prefilter sponge added over intake, I removed the lava rock, a piece of driftwood and the anubias, which I realized might have begun rotting.. I probably tied it to the driftwood too tight. I added the cyberman head cave in it's place.. then finally the tardis was removed and I realized it might have been the doors which are sharper than I thought they were.. but he so rarely went in the tardis that I was able to tell due to it being on the small side for him. Finally removed the last piece of driftwood as well this last tank change because new decoration left no room for it.. and he liked burrowing beneath to swim under it so I didn't think that'd be any good for his tail..
So it now looks like this:
In this 10gallon I have my HM betta named Rory, and three albino corydoras. They live in relative peace, except Rory can be a bit of a jerk. I have to feed them late at night when all the lights are out or Rory will guard their food so they won't approach. He doesn't even like their food, he'll take a bite and spit it out. Anyhow, they manage to eat it becase therels none left by morning.
Rory has also proved to be a tail biter, I've been stressing about how bad his tail had been beginning to look with all those cuts and overnight a quarter of his tail just disappears after the new set up. I was certain to make sure there was not one sharp edge, and his tail hasn't been getting worse since but is now finally showing regrowth signs.. Especially after I received my IAL shipment in the mail and I stuck one in each tank.
He doesn't like his photo taken, he zooms about too fast when he sees my camera in hand.. Otherwise he swims around rather leisurely.
See the regrowth? :D
My 5gallon houses my second betta, a CT I got two weeks ago. I saw him on a Friday, and had to return for him on Saturday because I couldn't stop thinking about him. His name is Jace, and he has become my favourite of the two. He hasn't stressed me by losing chunks of his tail, and he has quite the personality that is so different than Rory's. The other night, he was quick to tell me how displeased he was about the fact I'd forgotten to turn off his light by flaring at me the momen he saw me. He swims to the front of his tank the moment he sees movement and dances in front hoping for food. He ate from my hand from day one, where Rory has only started not running away from my finger being too close to the water.. I know I shouldn't play favorites but his personality is much more entertaining.
This is him and his tank, he's a lot more photogenic:
I just tried feeding them frozen brine shrimp and they loved it. I felt a bit squeamish about it though upon looking at the tiny dead bodies in the cup I was using. I hope they don't become picky and only want frozen from now on. I'd thawed a bit too much, so I poured the excess in the 10gallon to let the cories to have a chance at having ome since I noteced they sank. I'd spent an hour watching the cories feed, and Rory following him like the glutton he is trying to steal the rest from them.
I've noticed though, that Rory won'lt flare at himself in a mirror.. He used to flare at himself a lot in the reflection of the tank glass.. but he won't at all react to himself in the mirror. I was hoping that'd help promote more fin regrowth.. It's confusing.. I wonder sometimes if I should float Jace in the tank for a short while to get him to respond to another male.. They're not in the same room at all so they have no chance of seeing each other otherwise.