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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-11-2015, 08:48 AM Thread Starter
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Hi!
I've lurked in this forum from time to time, and I've found it to be an informative and fun place. I had a red Betta over 10 years ago, and then my son got a deep blue one five year ago. It lived for almost two years. Now, I'm ready to get another, and this one will be all mine. I've never used a tank before--only a large bowl. But this new member of our family will be in a tank.

I look forward to getting to know this community better.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-11-2015, 12:58 PM
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Hi! I'm new here, too. Joined less than a week ago, and I've already gotten health, water, living conditions, and other info, all given by some very nice members who seem to go the extra mile to be both welcoming and share their information. I'm so glad I found this place. The bettas you had previously sound beautiful, and I can't wait until you get back in the water, because I always like to see pictures.

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Hi, Bobbie! Thanks for the welcome. I had to giggled at your "I'm a Bobbie" line. :)
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Hi, Bobbie! Thanks for the welcome. I had to giggled at your "I'm a Bobbie" line. :)
Yeah, it's pretty dumb. I picked "Marble" because I saw a pic of a marbled betta online and loved it, (and someone already had picked "Bobbie") and just added "Bob". Then sanity returned and I thought "you know, that sounds like a man's username, and I don't want anyone to think I'm playing games." So that was the only way I could think to explain it, but I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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Are those your Bettas in your avatar? They are incredible! I'm hoping to get a light blue male, but I think I'll take whatever jumps out at me. I'm setting up my tank this evening, and I'll probably go fish shopping later in the week.

I think you picked a fine username!
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Thanks for your comment about my username. I just think it's stupid, but I'd already put it in, so too late! Yes those are my bettas. Long story, but they slipped through the barrier and tore each other up a bit. Their fins are healing up well, almost back to normal, but the white border on the blue fish is coming back clear! But it has white rays, so it looks like his fins are still in tatters! I'm hoping that at some point they'll slowly turn back to the original white. I'm just glad that torn fins was all that happened though, so whatever color they are when completely healed is ok by me!

Do you have other bettas, or have you had them in the past? I guess what I'm trying to ask in a polite way is - do you have the "betta bug"? So many people here (duh, it's a betta forum) seem to have the bug, and many years ago I collected so many it seemed like there was a tank on every horizontal surface, including the floor, in my house. This time I'm going to try to keep it under control - hahaha! Good luck finding your perfect betta, and if you can - pics?

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Ha! No, I think I'm safe from "the bug" because of limited space and MONEY! But I completely understand how people get swept up in the joy of these little guys. They are so pretty, and each is completely unique. I, for one, am always tempted to rescue the ones that aren't receiving good care in pet stores. I'm something of a minimalist, and I'm going to have to be content with just one.

I think I've had three bettas in the past (originally posted that I had two, but I forgot about one I had in college)--although one actually belonged to my son. My two older sons (I have four children.) have a 10 gallon tank with two goldfish in their bedroom. I'm keeping my new betta in our sunroom. I got the filter set up last night!

Now, I'm off to read more about optimal water conditions! There is so much to learn.
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Sounds like you're going to have great success and that you remembered all the info you learned with the earlier bettas (like I didn't!). I know what you mean - time and money. Mine are on our kitchen table now, and I do enjoy it (though it takes up a little room, though it's one of those 2.5 gal divided tanks so I'll be upgrading ASAP. We're going to move some furniture around, and hubby (having gone through all my animal hoarding days) said if I really wanted 2 more, if we had room and I could save money for them, ok. But I'd buy at least a 5 gal (actually 2, one for Aedan and Fergal, and one for any new fish), but can't even think of new fish now until I get these guys settled down from their ragged fins and lumps. I was even thinking of two 10s, I think that would look really nice, and I know it would help with a lot of the problems I'm having with the 2.5. Why do they sell those to dummies like me who haven't done their research? Oh yeah, money. I can always use the 2.5 as a quarantine tank, which might come in handy. My 33 year old son (when he was little) had a white comet goldfish in a 10 gal., took very good care of it for about a month, then it was my baby (of course - did you have that same experience?) Of course, the comet (Fish Sticks!) grew so huge we had to bring him to a pet store (the one I worked in, small mom & pop type store) and he was eventually sold to a customer I knew well, and I knew he'd take care of Fish Sticks! Now said son has a 50 gal and 2 gold fish and wants to get another. He's got a huge powerful cannister filter (used to keep a snapping turtle) and is going to keep substrate and decor at a minimum because the tank's location isn't easy to get at to clean (and he remembers how much...um...stuff a goldfish can produce). Oh, and he didn't cycle it. Just ran the filter for 3 days. We got into a loud discussion over cycling, but he knows everything, so...I guess the two of them are doing fine (this week, at least) and I hope he doesn't name them after foods ;) . Sorry to go off on a goldfish tangent, but his experience just reminded me of mine with my boys, but at least I knew how to cycle a tank.

Ok, I know this is long, I'm glad you haven't got the bug, (although it is fun, but plays havoc with time management, at least for me), and of course that old bank account. And, the fewer fish I have, the better care they get, so in the end, my boys may be the only bettas I'll have, in which case they'll definitely get a 10 gal. Good luck on your research, I can't wait to see who (just can't say "what") you end up adopting.

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Mozart came home last night! I'll post to the general forum when I can get a picture.
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