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Old 07-27-2010, 12:10 AM   #1 
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Started a fishless cycle 3 months ago (failed) so I finally bought my betta (pics)!

Hey everyone! I haven't been here in awhile since I've just come back from a three-week trip around California. Not sure if any of you remember me, but I asked a lot of questions about fishless cycling and helped some others who had questions about the process. It seems many of those regulars no longer post here... anyway, long story short, I started a fishless cycle with ammonia in April and was frustrated at how long it was taking to see results. My nitrites spiked after almost a month, but they never went down and neither did the ammonia. Something must have happened to cause it to stall. I told myself if I saw no improvements I would empty out the tank, get my fish, and start all over with a fish-in cycle once I got back from my trip.

I've done exactly that! I went out and bought a beautiful red/blue/purple crowntail male. I've had him for almost a week now and everything is going great. He's lively, eating with no problems, swimming all around the tank, following my finger, flaring when I put a mirror up to the tank, "riding" the current from my filter outflow. It's pretty cute. I've named him Vie (it means "life" in French - I just love the language a lot!) but I've kind of taken to just saying... "fishy". Here are some pictures:



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Old 07-27-2010, 12:35 AM   #2 
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He's pretty!!
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Old 07-27-2010, 01:37 AM   #3 
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I remember you, mostly your tank actually, lol. Welcome back!
Vie is a very gorgeous betta. He looks like quite a character. Glad things are worked out for you in the end. :)
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Old 07-27-2010, 01:39 AM   #4 
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His coloring is just like my veiltail, which I've named Mistuhr Fishy as that's what my roomates and I started calling him so it stuck. ^^;

I'd like to know how your fish-in cycle goes, I read that ammonia levels have to be constantly monitored so not to harm the fish so I decided to to my first cycle fish-less.
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Old 07-27-2010, 03:43 AM   #5 
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Thanks everyone! PwnCho, I know what you mean. I was kind of expecting to need to do water changes every couple of days but I have been monitoring the ammonia level and it hasn't gone above 0 so I haven't done a water change yet.
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Old 07-27-2010, 06:16 AM   #6 
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That coloring is very popular it seems. Same as my VT as well. Very pretty guy.
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Old 07-27-2010, 09:02 AM   #7 
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I remember you!!!

Welcome back. :)

Your fish is pretty!
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Old 07-27-2010, 04:05 PM   #8 
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your fish is pretty! BUT HE HAS HUMONGOUS EYES! xD
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Old 07-27-2010, 04:35 PM   #9 
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hey welcome back!

your fish is so cute, can't beleive how tiny he is, *cute*

just felt like sharing : im french so both my fishies are french *lol*
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Old 07-27-2010, 06:01 PM   #10 
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your fish is pretty! BUT HE HAS HUMONGOUS EYES! xD
Do you think that's a bad thing? I was a bit weary of it at first since I thought he might have a case of pop eye or something. He seems pretty normal though.
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