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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-18-2019, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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Hello, all!


I currently have no bettas, but plan to in the near future. My husband used to breed bettas waaaay back in the 70's (he sold them to local pet stores) and gradually got into saltwater and reef tanks. I came along well into the reef tank phase, lol.


I had an 80 gallon reef tank that just wasn't working well for me, so we tore it down, moved all the corals and critters to other tanks and restarted my 80 gallon as a community tank. Then my husband caught the frsh water bug and has decided that he wants to turn his hand back to breeding bettas.


That's kinda my fault, because I found a gorgeous female betta at a big name pet store and added her to my community tank. Although she did well initially, she died after a few weeks in my tank. She got trapped against the overflow (daggone reef tank plumbing). Lesson learned....we found a way to keep everyone away from that thing.



Anyhow, our plans are to thin out the reef tank herd a bit (we have a half dozen of them), and set up our fish room as our betta habitat. Someday.....
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Welcome to the forum. Sounds like you have a lot going on. I have 3, 5.5 gal. betta tanks (one that is vacant at this time but still up and running.) 1, 10 gal. nano tank. a 29 gal. community tank that has been up now going on 10 years. A new 55 gal. which is cycling and should finish in a few weeks. and finally my 75 gal. African Cichlid tank, that I have enjoyed no for 10 years. All the tanks except the 75 are heavily planted, well over filtered, and crowded. (this is done on purpose)The 75 gallon is done in rock with sand substrate giving each fish their own hide and territory to command. I'm trying to talk my wife into a 150 gal. but I have been trying this for years now. LOL.
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Hello and welcome.

I am also a newbie and have just acquired my first betta. You have a lot going on and I wish you luck with your projects.
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Thanks!



I had a 115 gal African cichlid tank at work that I took care of, had it stocked with pseudotropheus, which bred several times, some juli shell dwellers, and a big old frontosa that I raised from a baby. One really cold Sunday the heater quit, and when I came in Monday morning, they were all dead. I was pretty upset about that, I'd had most of them for 10 years.


So far at home, we have my 80 gal community, 2 80 gal reefs, a 50 gal reef, 2 40 breeders, a 57 gal and a 3 gal (all reefs).
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And I thought I was bad. You have a lot going on. I tried salt water once and lost a good deal of money doing it. No more reefs, No more salt for me. But I do love to look at them. My son is into salt, and has had 3 tanks up now for 5 years. He has a 500 gallon reef, a 250 gallon wave and a 55 gallon living rock setup. (more power to him).
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Salt water can be really disheartening. I found this out the hard way...after fighting algae problems for months, the light fell off the hood into the tank. The fish and corals were ok, but my $600.00 led lights were toast. At that point, I told my husband that I was done.



I find the community tank much more relaxing; the fact thats it's so much less expensive is a very serious win for me.
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I can relate to the problem. I had a 120 gallon set up in salt Every thing was right, The cycle went 3 weeks. I tested every day the water was pristine. I waited another 2 weeks before adding anything to the tank. I put in some live rock and an anemone and waited a week before putting in a clown fish. Testing every day and doing the water changes. I waited 2 weeks before adding another clown. all went well and the tank was slowly getting to where I wanted it. I added live coral a small trigger fish and a couple of Blue damsels over a 6 month period. The last fish I wanted to put in was a Yellow butterfly. Beautiful fish. I brought him home, floated him for 6 hours dripping in the tank water. I pulled the bag, but didn't dump the water back into the tank when I transferred him into the tank. All was fine that night. Went to bed, and woke up in the morning, and turned the light on only to find everything in the tank was dead. including the coral. I tested the water, nothing wrong. What happened I never found out. But I lost over $3500.00 over night. Never again.

I agree fresh water and community fish are less stress and a whole lot cheaper.
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Old Dog, you should try transshipping, lol. Talk about stressful!
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https://www.instagram.com/p/BuAKsNthXi1/


Link to my Instagram photo of my 80 gallon
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What a beautiful tank!

70litre tank: mature setup; betta, purple rasboras, male guppies, amano and wood shrimp. Heavily planted.
22litre cube tank: (Tagawa); betta, yellow dwarf shrimp. Pond snails and 1 assassin. Heavily planted.
Midnight in the 57litre tank (Midnight) ember tetras, 1 amano, 1 ghost, 1 nerite, pond snails, 1 assassin, doing his thing. Heavily planted.
200litre tank; honey gourami, cherry barbs, green neons, otocinclus, nerites, pond snails, amano. Heavily planted.
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