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Old 08-08-2009, 08:24 PM   #1 
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initial observations... girls vs boys

It's been about a month since I began my sorority. I admit it that prior to setting up the 20 g. that my efforts to mix girls in smaller tanks was quite chancy and involved quite a few nipped fins.

Today, in preparation for setting up a 30 gal. I visited the local petco to buy some plants and walked out with another 6 bettas. 3 tiny girls and 3 boys.

I wondered if there would be trouble introducing 3 more ladies to my 20 G. I aclimated them with the lights off... and my 5 swormed. the cups floated for about an hour and a half with my adding a little tank water to the cups every 10 minutes. by the time I added the girls to the tank they were all fine.

its about 6 hours later and I see that they are all re setting the pecking order. the big girls keep coming to the small ones to assert dominance but no chasing has occured like the initial set up with the tank.

the large bettas also seem to be trying to fit the cories into this new pecking order. coming to the bittim of the tank to nose the algae pellet that I had broken and pushing the cories away from it... this is the first time I m seeing them show interest in the cories food and I am wondering if bettas are fearing starvation with additions to the tank population.

the boys...are not half as fun as the girls. beautiful - yes. the colors and fins are something else. but they are all acting really shy ... and dont swim around half as much as when the girls were in those tanks.

Im having a hard time seeing their personalities yet. Im sure the shyness will go away ... I hope! I know its not possible to mix but I wonder if this solitary nature just makes them seem sad.

I will take pictures this weekend if the shyness dissapates. the king betta , Arthur is already beginning to show himself more. now I only hope that Gawain and Lancelot will follow suit.
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Old 08-08-2009, 08:42 PM   #2 
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Congrats on the new bettas!!
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Old 08-08-2009, 10:16 PM   #3 
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What colors are the new girls? and I love the names of the ones you have. I swear that way back when I first got interested in bettas I loved the idea of a sorority and wanted to follow the gem theme for names, like yours, because I read about bettas being 'as collectable as pretty stones' lol!
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Oh yea, and congratulations!
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Old 08-09-2009, 12:38 PM   #5 
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Congrats! Can't wait for pics!
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Old 08-09-2009, 03:12 PM   #6 
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Congrats!! All my boys have been shy the first couple days. They really warm up though.
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Old 08-10-2009, 12:59 AM   #7 
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the new girls... all tiny. similar size to the cories who are all still babies.

there's a VT cellophane like Pearl but with red fins.

there's a CT who'se a mix between tourqoise with ceylon sapphire splotches.

there's a white opaque CT with blue eyes and a multicolor blue tail.

I dont have an idea for the first yet. No stone types seem to match her ... at least not without considerable thought.

the second I was thinking to call her ceylon blue... nicknamed blue.

and the last... aqua ... short for aquamarine.

I wont have the pictures ready tomorrow but I have taken them ... it's only downloading needed... I'll work on those tomorrow night.
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:41 AM   #8 
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As promised, some pictures from the first day with my new babies.
Gawain
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red cello?
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Aqua
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introductions...
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:53 AM   #9 
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and a couple of pictures of the really new - 2.5 gallon planted tank set up - from both first day, first night, and second day - the water is completely clear now - day 4 (and as of last night - Lancelot has started to leave me bubble nests!)

He's the only 'happy' betta boy doing this currently.

Gawain is just coming out of his shy mode now, but King Arthur still is hiding a LOT.

Where the planted tank resides - the 5 gallon beside it (now holds Gawain).

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First night - Lancelot - water still cloudy - and tank still needing more plants.
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Second day - Lancelot hiding among the WaterSprite floater...
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Another picture of Lancelot - second day, in sunlight ...
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Day 2, My cat Papi - acting as a sunblock and interested in watching Fish TV.
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Wow!! YOur HM is GORGEOUS!
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