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post #11 of 145 (permalink) Old 04-05-2015, 12:21 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys! Sorry I didn't post today, I had a busy day. But yes, I managed to go to to Petsmart and Big Als and even Pet culture. Unfortunately they didn't have dwarf puffers. The guy said if we called the manager we could order some. $23 each :/ Ugh. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the 10 gallon now.. Still on a search for a dumbo betta :( I did buy some beautiful plants and I love the look of the 10g. I put Kiko in and he loves it XD but I think it's only temporary. I have lots of pics and even stories from today and I'll write an update tomorrow :) good night for now!

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Sooooo this might be a little long. I went to Petsmart, petculture(Canadian) and Big Als. I first went to big als and was kind of disappointed. No puffers. I asked the guy working if they get any shipped in anytime soon and he said they barley get them. But if I wanted to I could call the manager and ask him to order some. He said each puffer is $23 each.. I'm kinda low on money after yesterday... sigh. So I (like always looked at the bettas. They had some in their usual spot which was the typical red and blue veil tail bettas. None popped out to me. I then looked at their 2nd spot where they usually have the half moons. It was odd, they only had females on te counter and the males were all just under on a small cabinet and you could barley see them. But, I noticed they had something new "Fancy bettas" I actually liked their new set up. I took a picture, Ive never seen it before. They actually had a bit of filtration and clean water. I liked this white guy but I'm still hoping to find a dumbo betta (they had none :( )
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I did get a lot of plants and I hope they grow and spread fast. I got:
-Limnophilia Sesseliflora (3)
-Leopard Val (2)
-Bacopa Caroliniana (1)
Elodea Najas (1)
I also got this new light. It was 69.99.. I am still debating on getting the one that doesnt have such good light because I dont know if I wanna spend so much on a light. Also, even worse the light works but the controller is as if it got pulled out so I have it taped for now until I exchange it for a new one.
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My total spent in big als: $101.61 x____X ugh.
Heres a picture of the tank planted. I added kiko so he has some room temporarily. this was the day I planted it. I am kinda disappointing because the one plant already isn't as green (If you can see in the 2nd pic from today)
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today:
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Next I went to PetSmart. I was kind of surprised, the bettas had clean water. I saw this orange veil little guy I liked but like I said my heart is set on a dumbo :( While looking at the bettas I heard a customer asking for an algae eater. She pointed to one. To my surprise the employee says to her "You need at least a 50 gallon tank for these guys" and then recommended a different one, it was nice to see some knowledge at the store. Other than that I just saw some nice huge tanks *dream tanks :( * But i walked out empty handed.

Finally, I stopped at Petculture (similar to petsmart) They also had a new set up with the bettas and I was impressed they looked pretty healthy. I saw a double tail and his color was beautiful. I thought to myself nope nope nope, you cant. Save up for a dumbo.

So overall I'm glad with all the plants I got. But, I'm dissapointed about no dumbos and puffers. I have no idea what will go into the 10 gallon now. For now I think Kiko is having a blast. it can be his 1 month gift Lol! But any tips for what you think I should do would be great. Im still debating on ordering the puffers ;-;

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I hate to say this but I really want to set up another tank. I have been thinking (yes constantly on my mind, fish addict) This would be my plan (once I earn some more money)
So I have a few different options.
1) 10 gallon, puffer tank if I could order them eventually
5 gallon, Kiko's home again
Buy a 3 gallon for new betta (dumbo hopefully)
or depending on how the dumbo acts put him in 5 gallon and kiko in 3 gallon
ORRRRR
2) 10 gallon, divide into 3 sections for Kiko, Dumbo, and another betta!
5 gallon for 1 dwarf puffer

soooo... without the 3 gallon I can't do much. I really wish I could buy it. I am not sure what I'll do. Any tips would be great :D
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I just remembered I have a 2.5 gallon tank Kiko used to have. If i do find a dumbo betta I could put Kiko Back there and the new betta in the 5 gallon (or vide versa) then I would just need to buy a filter (maybe the whisper filter for $15. I'd save a lot if I used that :o ugh.so many options. This would be easier if I had the dumbo betta >_>

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Hi! I like your journal. $23 seems like way too much for a dwarf puffer. I think mine were less than $6 each. Maybe keep calling the store occasionally and have a couple friends call inquiring. If they know there is a demand maybe they'll start carrying them.

Personally, I think it's always a good idea to have a lid. I know AquaAurora lost a puffer to jumping. It really cuts down on the evaporation so your heater functions more efficientlly, you don't have to top off as often and you don't get dust or household chemicals in the tank.
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Hi! I like your journal. $23 seems like way too much for a dwarf puffer. I think mine were less than $6 each. Maybe keep calling the store occasionally and have a couple friends call inquiring. If they know there is a demand maybe they'll start carrying them.

Personally, I think it's always a good idea to have a lid. I know AquaAurora lost a puffer to jumping. It really cuts down on the evaporation so your heater functions more efficientlly, you don't have to top off as often and you don't get dust or household chemicals in the tank.
Thanks :) I loved reading yours! & Yeah I know! I was so surprised when they told me they were $23 I read that they used to buy theirs for under $10 at Walmart (this was obviously years ago) but still, so disappointing. Where did you buy your Dwarf Puffers?

Yeah, I would prefer to have a lid. You never know if they'll jump. I'm just a bit frustrated because all the lids are so expensive and Low Light. I think I'll most likely return the light I have now. (I have to anyways since the controller doesn't work) but I'm paranoid because I'm pretty sure big als is exchange only.
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I got mine at a local fish store.

The hinged glass tops usually aren't too expensive. Then you can set or hang whatever light you like above it. You might try looking on Craig's List for aquarium supplies. Also join a local fish community, many have facebook pages. I've gotten all my tanks free or very low cost through friends or Craig's list. I have two extra hoods for 29g, various filters, heaters, etc. in my basement right now.
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I got mine at a local fish store.

The hinged glass tops usually aren't too expensive. Then you can set or hang whatever light you like above it. You might try looking on Craig's List for aquarium supplies. Also join a local fish community, many have facebook pages. I've gotten all my tanks free or very low cost through friends or Craig's list. I have two extra hoods for 29g, various filters, heaters, etc. in my basement right now.
Wow! I'm jealous, no one I know is interested in fish. I actually only have one friend who had fish but wanted them to die because she hated them (2 guppies with a goldfish...in a 10 gallon tank *facepalm*) I told her how that doesn't work and she was surprised I knew so much about it. Then my other friend has a betta in a 0.5g soo...

I am from Canada and not a lot of people use craigslist. I constantly look on kijiji but they only sell the tank WITH hood and not separately. Now I'm panicking because I want to return the light I got and it says exchange only. Big Als didnt have many good hoods other than the really pricey ones.
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So, I think I made a decision. I'm not positive (typical) but I think I want to divide the 10 gallon into 3 sections. I have enough plants to block the view (I can always buy more too) and I see everyone on here with so many bettas and I'm jealous XD I think I'm coming closer to getting a dumbo betta thanks to a few generous people. I'm still speaking to the guy with my *dream betta* But it isnt %100 sure yet. So our plan is to meet somewhere half way for both of us and I pay a bit more than the asking price (originally $30 but I offered $40) he offered that since we are both driving a bit I could get another betta from him. He said on Wednesday he can send some pics, I am pretty sure he has more dumbos but I'm not positive. Depends on how much more he wants for another. I'll post pics once I see them! If I got 2 dumbos I would die! Im really excited. With the plan of dividing the 10g, the light I got wont work. I need a lid, or some sort of thing that will fit my 10 gallon so no jumps will happen. Oh god, imagine 3 bettas with pretty much access to eachother... Im just nervous as I said before I dont know if Big Als accepts returns. On the receipt it said exchange only. I hope I can return the light since it was like $69.99 x_x I was thinking I could get the measurements for the tank and get a piece of plastic or glass or im not sure cut out to fit from home depot or wherever. Any tips would be great. My mind is kinda all over the place. For the 5 gallon I could buy 1 dwarf puffer and put him in there. Overall, this plan is cheaper and I think more convenient. This whole set up would most likely be under $100 and the one where I order puffers is above $100. I'm trying to save up and this will be my last big fish project for a bit until I save more. Well thats just a mess of thoughts for you guys to read!
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This will be me rambling but, man. I cant wait till I have my own house. I want to get one of those 5 section tanks and I'll have 5 bettas in it :') In addition, I'll have a 55 gallon OR bigger if possible (laater on). I hope I have a great spot in the living room of an apartment where I can put the bettas. My options are so limited with what I have now. I have my 20 gallon in my room on my desk. It was my first tank, community tank which I enjoy but I kinda wish I could transform it into a 20 gallon long for bettas xD I have a small, idk what I would call it, maybe a tv stand for a small tv. But its not far off the ground and thats where my 10 gallon is. Its kind of annoying I have to sit down on the floor to look at it. Then I have the 5 gallon on a stand in our family room. I don't think a big tank would go good here I admit. But if I could redo my room I would have a whole new design xD Well anyways, going to go give kiko some frozen bloodworms!

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