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Hehe the hummingbird wings look is one of my favourite things about EEs He's such a cutie :3

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post #102 of 1004 (permalink) Old 11-21-2014, 02:58 PM
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EEPKs might be my new favorite type of betta, mein Gott.

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His tail's getting a little bit long to be considered a true plakat, don't you think? Short-finned, definitely, but maybe a little long to be classed as a plakat.
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More on the Bowfront..

Slowly making progress with the 6g prep.. cut felt for the wood base (so it won't slide on the wood table it will be on), and glues (now drying). Also took the bowfront and put it on top of the egg crate to mark the shape then started clipping.. made base to set into the tank... and cut and zip-tied some extra pieces to create minor elevation, and to prop up the tallest rock so it doesn't fall back.
When messing with the rocks more.. I found I kinda like the look without the tall rock (which is still the only one I worry about with stability).








And wanted to end with Alastor, eagerly waiting for me to put the [censor] phone down and feed him. So patient, good boy.





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His tail's getting a little bit long to be considered a true plakat, don't you think? Short-finned, definitely, but maybe a little long to be classed as a plakat.
Thank you I love the fluttery pectorals of the dumbo betta ^^
And yes I'm worried he's not going to turn out to be a plakat.. I really don't want another long finned betta... not sure what I'm going to do if he does turn out to be one.

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You can always ship him to me. ;] Heehee~

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Ah, those colors! Your new guy is lovely, Aqua Aurora!

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He's got a REALLY wide dorsal... he might have some Double-Tail genetics in his background. If it were me, I'd test and see if that's true.

He looks like he's going to have short fins, but longer than a Plakat should have. Either way, he's a very handsome boy, very clean-colored, and would make excellent breeding stock.
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You can always ship him to me. ;] Heehee~
Haha nice try but no, my husband's already attached to him and would be quite upset if he disappeared. I also really like him, just had planned his tank out for a shorter finned fish since there will be a lot of rocks.


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He's got a REALLY wide dorsal... he might have some Double-Tail genetics in his background. If it were me, I'd test and see if that's true.

He looks like he's going to have short fins, but longer than a Plakat should have. Either way, he's a very handsome boy, very clean-colored, and would make excellent breeding stock.
How do you go about testing genetic makeup? I'm not too keen on stabbing my fish with a needle or ripping some scale/fin-age off to send into some place to test, and as a Petco purchase I can't simply contact the breeder... But it would be cool if he were part double tail (even if it doesn't show in the tail.. which I would absolutely LOVE.. wonder if there has been a successful doubletail dumbo yet? I'd imagine it would cost a fortune).
Though he looks nice his left pectoral and pelvic fin are smaller than the right ones, they've not grown to match their counter parts yet so I suspect its a genetic defect (or possibly a growth defect from poor water conditions as a fry), wouldn't want to risk making non pro-offsping.
Actually all my males have some failing that makes breeding (for show quality) a bad idea. Xerxes has scales going over his eyes (I think the left side is almost completely blind, the right is partially) and a slightly smaller left pelvic fin. Magnus has.. whats the term..? Weak dorsal fin (falls over/doesn't stay straight up with flaring) and his pelvic fins.. well they just don't 'sit right' on him (always off to the left -not centered). Alastor is the least messed up but he has some fin curl-age (which I think is genetic, not because of environment-has same water params as the other males).

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[censor]. Welp, can't say I didn't try. xD

I think I agree with you about the rocks. I like the look better without the tall one.

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No photo update for tank progress today, but maybe tomorrow...
Yesterday was warm (50sF) so took advantage of the warmer weather to rince off some more black diamond 'sand' in a bucket outside for the 6g bow-front.

I'm thinking of using the leftover sand and river rock to redo the marimo cube and give it to my husband to put on his desk at work since it is 0 maintenance (except water top off.. which I'll cover by giving him a capped bottle of declorinated tap). Currently the marimo cube is just sitting by the qt tank but doesn't get a lot of viewing or love.

In other news I looked into painting the inside of the tank to remove glass reflection and keep the new boy and Xerxes from seeing eachother and flaring constantly. I had no luck finding an aquarium safe glass adhering paint, BUT found krylon fusion to be a very commonly used spray paint for fresh and saltwater fish keepers for plastic and acrylic parts in their tanks (like diy intake/outflow and sump boxes). After a little hunting around town I finally found it in black at Pepboys (Walmart only had fugly colors, and surprisingly Home Depot and Lowes did not carry it at all O.o). Going to ask my husband to cut the piece of acrylic I bought already (initially as the lid) to fit on the inside back wall of the tank, sand it to make it rough (to make it easier for the krylon to grip onto) and then will try painting it. 24-48 hours of dry time then will see how it holds up in water. If it works I'll buy more acrylic for one side wall and the lid (lid won't be painted), and use the egg crate that the rocks will be set on to hold the acrylic sheets in place so they don't fall over or leave a gap for a fish to get stuck....Will update on my progress/findings from that later this week hopefully ^^

As for the rocks I'm 90% sure I won't be using the tall thin dark one.. its the most unstable and I'm worried that bumping the desk could cause it to fall over and break the tank glass... hopefully the other rocks are tall enough to hide the sponge filter and heater. I'll be adding the egg crates, rocks, and sand after I make the acrylic sheets.. and will probably transfer the new betta( (I really need to settle on a name) and the aubias in his qt tank, over to the 6g then. Still waiting a few weeks to make sure the other anubias is safe... another has already melted, and one is close to melting but they were separated to smaller containers fairly early as I suspected them of disease.

Quick photos of melted anubias round leaf before throwing it out (rhizome, stem, ad leaves were completely soft). And anubias barterie that's been degenerating for a bit (suspect it will dissolve in another 2 weeks at most), final photo shows a whole in the underside of the rhizome where some roots use to be as well as discoloration at the base of a stem (will turn into a whole as well)


Aaand finally some more pico tank temptations from candle/vase glassware..

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