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Old 02-01-2013, 02:57 PM   #3031 
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Gravel, sand, color... this doesn't really matter and is up to your personal preferences. Depending on how much time you'd like to put into tank cleanings, adding live plants would make it so you don't need to change the water as much but it does require a little extra care on the plant's part and proper lighting and nutrient. If you are leaning towards live plants, you can actually use dirt as your substrate capped with sand. There are many people who have nano NPTs.

I would watch the classified section of the forum for fish up for adoption. However, it's less likely that you will be able to find someone near you. I purchased all three of my newest fish from a breeder and they were shipped to me from TX to NE and they all arrived fine. However, shipping costs aren't cheap, even if someone is willing to give you a free fish, they might not pay for shipping and the packaging needed for it. If you are looking for something cost-efficient, I'd purchase a fish from the pet store. If you don't care as much about price or are looking for a very healthy, vibrant, or "different" fish, the classified forum or private breeders is the way to go.

I don't know if there are any private breeders in TN on here.
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Old 02-02-2013, 11:34 PM   #3032 
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is there a tye of glue that would be safe to build decor with ( safe for the fish)??
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Old 02-02-2013, 11:44 PM   #3033 
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Aquarium safe silicone. You can find it at home improvement stores like Lowes, Home Depot or Menards and it will specifically say "aquarium safe" on it.

Best thing I ever bought!!
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:01 AM   #3034 
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After visiting multiple pet stores in one day, it seems that Dovahkiin is much smaller than the average betta, and he hasn't been getting any bigger. Should I plan on him getting ay bigger? Even my RAM, who was initially smaller than Dovahkiin when I bought him, is now larger than him!
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:06 AM   #3035 
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I don't think so. I think they just grow to different sizes based on their genetics. Some may have stunted growth from being in tiny cups at the store... I have seen some HUGE ones at the store, some normal, some tiny...

My oldest Betta that I have had for a year is about the size of one of my young girls who is about 6 months old. My second male that I've had for 2 months is still very small, even smaller than my one girl. My other two girls, about 4 months, are still super tiny.
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:36 AM   #3036 
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Since Rosetail has a high fry-cull rate, would it be foolish to cross a male rosetail with a female dumbo?
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:48 AM   #3037 
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I'm not a breeder but I've read articles about breeding rose tails... From what I have seen and read, it can cause the scaling x-factor in fry, where the scales are not aligned properly. It looks very strange and unnatural. It makes the fish's fins and scales look wavy.

I have seen a breeder here with a spawn that he kept as pets because he either could not/would not sell them. I think they often have such severe defects in their scales and fins that if you couldn't sell them as pets, you could probably only sell them to people looking to feed their larger fish a tasty snack...

I could be wrong but I think it was a rosetail spawn. Look up that x-factor scaling and read up on breeding rosetails. It's very controversial from what I can tell.
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:59 AM   #3038 
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Here's that thread (page 336):
http://www.bettafish.com/showthread....or#post1376406

They explain it better and include the article I was talking about.
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:02 AM   #3039 
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Okay. First: Sorry if my quick questions are getting over-whelming. Now: Would a divider in a 5.5G tank be feasible(net/mesh?)? If so, would putting two males next to each other cause too much stress? My boyfriend is telling me that they would flare at each other so much they would stress each other out. Would they stress each other out more than a betta would their own reflection? I plan to put live plants in the middle to help block the view. In not, would putting a female on the other side be okay, if I don't plan on mating her with that male?
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:02 AM   #3040 
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Here's that thread (page 336):
http://www.bettafish.com/showthread....or#post1376406

They explain it better and include the article I was talking about.
What a coincidence, I was reading that thread after a google search.
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