Thanks for the info. I like that beautiful female, Phish Head. There's a really nice Koi Plaket female at my LFS that I kept checking out, but I just had my heart set on a wild type this time around.
The first few days I had him, the tank had white stone, which I thought would really make his color "pop". But then I read about them preferring dark substrate (duh!) and I re-did the tank with earth tone substrate and more plants. Tomorrow I'm giving the BumbleBee Gobies away. They don't nip him or get territorial (with him), but they are very active day and night, and I'm sure they're keeping him on edge. I mean they leave him alone but they are constantly buzzing all over the tank, so... they gotta go. In the past I've kept bettas with snails or Oto's or Kuhlis (love love love Kuhli Loaches). I figured that since the BBGobies eat the same live food as the betta, are bottom dwellers, and stay tiny that they'd be nice colorful tank mates, but like I said, they're always
I'm still fine tuning my lighting. I have a Fluval 3.0 plant light, which is totally adjustable for brightnes, time points, sunrise/sunset, etc. etc.. The 3 preset habitat profiles are all way
too bright for this shallow tank with the Anubias and Betta, so I have my own "Planted Betta Pond" profile going. It's currently around what indirect light from a window would be, instead of the tanning bed settings it came with. And I've been playing with various "baffles" for the HOB filter outlet. Pieces of sponge, plastic etc. to help eliminate any fast-current zones. There are really only two spots where the water moves quickly, and for some reason he likes to swim back and forth through them instead of chilling out in the other 90% of the tank where it's tranquil. Damn kids!