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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-25-2020, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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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 buzzing around.

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!

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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-25-2020, 10:48 PM
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I've had wild-caught wilds arrive in winter, from interstate, after spending two weeks in quarantine here in Australia, and start spawning almost immediately upon arrival.

It just depends on the fish. Some settle in much quicker than others.

You must have written your post at the same time I did Maxwedge.

But I wouldn't worry too much about baffling the filter, unless it's blowing him all over the tank. If he's got areas of calmer waters to move away to, a bit of flow shouldn't bother him too much.

Do you have any floating plants? All of my fish regardless of species have always liked floating plants, and it helps diffuse some of the bright light.



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I have Broadleaf Watersprite on the way now, should be here Monday (it's late Sat now). My tallest Anubia is up to the water surface, in still water, but he never hangs out there. As I mentioned he always seems to be in the fastest moving water, like a little blue salmon swiming upstream. He'll move around the whole tank, but really seems to like being right where the filter empties into the tank. I'm attracted to the wilds and plakets because they aren't weighed down with huge fins, but I've never seen an "athletic" betta before.
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Thanks @Maxwedge just saw this. She's only three months old. I had to block visual access because all she would do is glass surf and all the male would do is flare and act belligerent.

You wouldn't think he'd show so much aggression towards a female a fraction of his size so go figure.

Now the normally shy male started glass surfing even though he can't see her, it's like he "knows" she's there.

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If you look on YouTube there's videos of Betta riding the currents and bubbles for "fun". ;)

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