I decided to start a journal thread so I could spam gratuitious quantities of fish photos without annoying the forum at large. You're welcome.
Since this is my inaugural journal post I think some introductions are in order.
For the sake of this forum you guys can call my 'J'. I hail from Orem, Utah. I have 5 betta's presently and have owned 6 in total. I love art,music, and animals and recently have enjoyed making DIY projects for my tanks. I'm somewhat of a jack of all trades and have worked jobs in everything to IT to professional horseback riding instructor.
My first betta ever was purchased to be my dorm buddy. He was a multicolored crowntail named Larry. Larry was a Wal-Mart purchase and died after I had had him just over 5 years.
I wish I had taken more pictures, sadly all I have left of him is this blurry video. http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/...a/PICT0261.mp4
I went fishless for a couple years but once my land lady gave me the go ahead to get a fish I purchased Leviathan aka Levi. Levi is a Traditional Plakat and a Petco "King" Betta. His body is about 2.5 in long and he is 3 in. nose to tail. I have had him since July. I originally had him in Larry's old one gallon with an under gravel filter. Unlike Larry, Levi didn't really thrive in his new home so after about a week I bought a 5.5 gal starter kit from Petsmart and a heater and life has been much better since. However while Levi is one of my most active fish he seems more sensitive to fluctuations in water quality than any of my others. He was pretty clamped and colorless when I got him but he has colored up beautifully. He is also my trick fish, jumping to my finger, targeting, flare on command, and swimming though a hoop.
This is the most current picture I have of him.
He started the madness.
The next addition came because I made the mistake of not dismantling the one gallon and one day I was in Wal-Mart looking at the bettas and trying to flag down an associate to clean up this disaster. The shelf spot for the male bettas where completely empty and there where about 15 cups of females sitting on the shelf in putrid yellow-brown water with epic amounts of uneaten food and waste at the bottom. There was a young child, sticking a very dirty finger in the cups trying to "pet" the fish then putting his finger in his mouth between cups. No parents in sight. I asked him politely not to do that as he can hurt them and he quickly skittered away. I looked at some of the girls he'd been tormenting and one on the smaller ones turned and flared at me. I couldn't leave her and took her home straight away. I named her Sassy.
She is a spastic, finger biting little menace. She attacks the gravel vacuum with gusto and anything new, plants, decor, and so on, have to be thoroughly menaced at first. I eventually upgraded her to a filtered 2 gallon tank and got her a heater. She's my little fighter, who occasionally builds small bubble nests.
She is also a lunatic when the camera comes out and it makes her difficult to photograph.
River came next, I had waited weeks for my local Petco to get Crowntail females. I went late on the day they got their shipment in and there was one itsy tiny baby betta sized CT female. Along with her I grabbed a 2.5 gallon tank and a heater, we skipped the old one gal. We had some difficulty at first because she wouldn't eat until I discovered that the pellets were just too large. I crushed pellets for about a week and then bought micro pellets. While I suspect that she will remain small she is growing.
A couple weeks later the curse of the old one gallon struck again. I had gone to petco for water conditioner and saw this red cambodian CT male with 4 rays! I had never seen a double double ray before, and snatched him up. So he got to live in the old one gallon. His name is Typhon or Ty. After about 2 weeks in the tiny, cold exile tank I divided Levi's 5 gallon and moved Ty in. Ty loved it, but big boy Levi was less impressed and I really wanted Levi to have his big tank back. I got another heater and a 2 gallon tank and moved Ty out. Ty is mister skittish. His aquarium is next to my computer desk and he loves to show off for me while I'm working, but he can be real skittery about fingers and tank cleanings. He loves his craft mesh hammock and sleeps there every night.
The most recent addition is Starbuck. Starbuck is the petco baby I never intended to buy. But it seemed so feisty in that cup despite the conditions so I took it home. I had a tiny DIY filter that I'd bucket cycled and an extra heater. For budgetary concerns I went the critter keeper route for the tank. Unsure of the gender I picked the name Starbuck in reference to Battlestar Galatica. In the original the Starbuck character is male and in the reboot female. :) So far the guess is female Veiltail.
Starbuck in her cup just after getting home from Petco.
Starbuck after a one day at home.
Starbuck discovered her hammock and is a fan.
She had her first water change today, I'm gonna keep her on the every other day scheduled to cut down on the growth stunting hormone. She nearly gave me a heart attack because she was completely fascinated with the siphon tube and kept trying to attack the rising debris.
She is a voracious eater and took to the crushed pellets like a champ. So happy with the little critter.
So here I am with 5 bettas. Oops.