this is my second attempt at a journal, i never really liked the first one i had and i didn't update it that much. the name was also inaccurate (it had tank size in the name but i got a new tank) so i decided to make a new one.
i've had charlie for just over a year now. hes the second betta i've ever owned. the first was a female red vt named harlequin. charlie is also a red vt, but a male. harlequin came from petsmart and charlie came from petco. i bought charlie on may 12 2014. harlequin was bought in early summer of 2012 i believe and sadly she only lived 11 months. it was probably my fault as she was housed in 1 gallon ish kritter keeper with no heater or filter and ate tetra pellets and for a while i grossly over fed her. although she showed no signs of illness, just one day she didn't eat dinner (she was pig) and when i woke up in the morning she was dead. i still feed bad about that, i was so misinformed and never did my own research. i buried her in my back yard next to my favorite moss.
charlie had a bit of a rough beginning as well, he started in the same 1 ish gal kritter keeper as harlequin, then i did a bit of research and upgraded him to a 45 gal tank. my intentions were good but i still hadn't researched enough. the tank was sparsely decorated which put constant stress on him and i had a bad decoration so his tail kept ripping and he started tail biting and glass surfing. at some point in the 45 gal i got him a heater and filter and 2 silk plants. then a nearby petstore had a dollar per gallon sale so i got a 10 gal and over time got some more decorations, gravel, way more silk plants, water conditioner, a proper tank hood/ lighting, a piece of mopani, a thermometer and even a marimo moss ball. i also started making my own decor out of craft mesh and i switched his food to omega one betta buffet. i really like my tank but i'm not in love with it. i'd like to switch to a sponge filter, sand substrate, and a different heater. maybe i will make the switch this christmas.
i recently started a second "tank" that is marimo moss ball only. its a tiny kritter keeper. but i would like to get a nice glass "tank" and do a sand bottom and maybe put a rock in there and it will be like a ...piece of decor or whatever in the living room.
for charlies tank, i really want some ADF, and i have been thinking about shrimp too. but this post is getting a bit long so i will save that for the next update along with more pictures. here is one of my favorite pictures of charlie.
today i wanted to take some new pictures of charlie for this thread so i took the camera out and charlie was lying on top of his thermometer. it was so cute. i could only get pictures of him with his head on there though. but he had been getting his whole body up there. i also got a cool video of him but i don't think videos can be uploaded directly on here? anyways the pictures are a little blurry but here they are.
as you can see i make a lot of my own decor (from craft mesh) and my own tank baffle (made from mesh and panty hose) i think i will do a whole post about that another time. another thing i wanted to talk about is my marimo only tank. i keep forgetting to get pictures but this weekend its supposed to be nicer out so i think i want to put white sand on the bottom of the kritter keeper and maybe add a rock to it or something. i don't know i just want to make it look more decorative because right now its on the window sill in the living room and it looks kinda dumb as just a couple green balls in a kritter keeper. i think i might add some sea shells too so it will appear as if snails live in there too. i would rather it look more like a mini aquarium or something. i'll definitely take some before pictures before i mess with it and some after pictures and maybe even some during pictures.
here are the rest of the picture of charlie that i took today. i still have more recent ones to upload as well. but they weren't taken today.
this has been delayed a day because i got sick :( don't really know what it is, my only symptom is vomiting and a little fatigue. the only time i feel "sick" is when the nausea comes on and then as soon as i vomit i feel fine. so hopefully i start feeling better soon so i can get back to my fish!
now on to the fish news!
i did a water change yesterday and i think this is my favorite setup i've ever had. 018.jpg
charlie hasn't done anything new or interesting but when i was taking his post water change pictures i noticed how long his fins have gotten. hes a veiltail but wow hes got some majestical fins. i'll do a before and after picture
i spent saturday evening and most of the day sunday working on my marimo jar. i have an old sand box so i just took some sand from there because i thought a sand bottom would look really nice but i'm kind of disappointed. its regular play sand but i would have liked it to be white sand. it took me forever to rinse it and i had to rinse it so much i kinda think its going to effect the water bill. after that it was starting to get dark and the water was very cold so i let it sit over night. i had originally wanted river rock in it but the neck of the jar is skinny so it was hard to find a good rock, there ended up being only one rock that i liked but there was duck poop on it and i didn't feel like scrubbing poop off a rock so i nixed that idea. i was a bit stumped because i had really wanted a rock decoration but we used to have flower beds lined with lava rocks and we still have some in the yard so i decided to use those! and wow its beautiful i wish i could have some lava rock in charlies tank but they are so rough it would shred the crap out of his fins. :( so after i picked my rocks i soaked them in water overnight and then used my fish tank tooth brush to scrub all the yuck off and then soaked them in boiling water. once it cooled i began assembling. and at the suggestion of my mom i added a bamboo stick! overall i really love it, the only issues i have is the bamboo roots showing (i'm going to need more sand) and the color of the sand. other than that i love it. so now i'll show the pictures!
this is what i originally had the marimo in, it was just the marimo and water. 040.jpg
because i am sick and bored to tears and have nothing but time on my hands while i lay in bed i am going to give the history of charlie and chewy whom i mostly call chu. chu is my almost 6 year old bird. i had chu when i had my first betta harlequin but i don't really remember chu having much interest in her. i introduced chu to charlie the day i brought him home. he watched charlie swim for a couple seconds and it majorly freaked him out, he spun around and bit me right in the septum. later on i was laying down and i realized chu was being strangely quiet, and that immediately sent up red flags. birds are like kids, if they are quiet, then theres a good chance they are doing something wrong. so i look over and chu is beak to tank watching charlie. 84651.jpg
and thus chu's love affair began. he would get pretty upset if he didn't have daily tank watching time. over the past year i've moved the tank location 5 times. chu seems to like it best on my window sill but i'm not keeping charlie in that puny prison. but if i sit next to the tank then chu will still sit there. he doesn't watch charlie as much if i'm not very close to the tank. and in the bigger tank (10g) i think chu is intimidated by the size. but over time my sisters cockatiel has come to like watching charlie as well. here are some tank watching pictures 46521.jpg 0701141240.jpg 0707141630.jpg 1015141834b.jpg 1229141606.jpg
in this next picture, chu just had a bath, so don't be alarmed at his disheveled look. 020.jpg 024.jpg
i was looking through the "please post pics of your betta home here" thread and someone had a tank that had a black covering on like the back and sides and i saw it months ago and lovedddd how it looks so much so i decided to take black construction paper and tape it to the back of the tank. i decided to not do the sides because charlies tank is sort of next to me so i mostly watch him through the sides. unfortunately i don't have any pictures because i've been pretty busy lately. but the other day i worked on my tank hood, making it completely escape proof. my hood is second hand, and whoever had it before me took out like the whole area for the filter, and my filter is a lot smaller than the whole so i glued craft mesh over the holes. but when i tested it after the glue dried i found out my filter was a bit tall so water started spilling over the back and got everywhere :( the filter can be easily lowered but i'm still not feeling 100% so i haven't actually lowered it. instead i'm using my old diy craft mesh lid. i did take pictures of how i fixed my hood. it was a long process that i tackled while watching a jurassic park marathon.
so heres how it was when i started, i had previously glued craft mesh over some of the holes but left a gap for my bamboo to stick out. 0531151722.jpg
i had planned on gluing the top along the long hole but i realized the sometimes tank water gets there and the glue i used is NOT aquarium safe so instead i sewed another piece of mesh on to it that will stick up,and i was planning on gluing that at the top where NO water gets but the bottle of glue specifically said no to heat and that area gets hot from the lights, but its so tight that i can't fit my finger nail in between it so the glue isn't needed anyways. so next i had to add like 4 rows to the back to it would reach the edge of the tank, and then from there i added on a piece that goes straight down for more stability. and then when i was all done i glued the part that wasn't glued yet. but thats not in the picture. 0531152104.jpg
i also decided to take that horrible filter baffle off. it worked really well but it was just so bulky. instead i just shoved panty hose into the filter and filled the water higher so it was slightly over the out take. i didn't get any pictures of that either yet. and yet another thing i didn't get any pictures of is today for the first time ever i saw charlie hanging out in the mesh tube pyramid i made!! i was excited. hes usually very inquisitive, having to check out anything new i put in the tank the second i get it in there but its been a while (maybe 2-3 weeks) and until today i hadn't seen him go near it. so it was exciting to see him in there. i ran and grabbed my camera but of course the second it turned on he swam away. another cute thing he did today is, well you know those little kids that fall asleep on the edge of the bed and ever so slowly slide off? charlie did that with one of his mesh tubes today. it was so cute. i couldn't stop and REALLY watch him because i was in the middle of making dinner and i had ran to my room to get my water and thats when i saw him slowly sliding out of the tube. when i came back in about an hour later he was happily swimming around.
these aren't new pictures but they are new to this journal haha. heres some various pictures i have of charlie. 001.jpg 004.jpg 011.jpg
this next picture isn't great but i love how his coloring showed up so i just have to share it 011.jpg 013.jpg 015.jpg
this picture isn't great either but i got the reflection of my tv which i thought was funny. i was watching bobs burgers haha. 018.jpg 021.jpg 023.jpg
i got adf today! today was the day i had been planning on getting them and i got to petco and like usual i couldn't find any employees so i walked around for like 20 minutes just looking around and getting what i needed. and i didn't see any adf and after checking like 4 times i just accepted they didn't have any and stood around looking at fish while i waited for my mom and sister to finish up. and thats when an employee popped out of no where and was like can i help you, so then i told her i was looking for adf and she said they had some and took me over there, they were in a back corner of a tank i just didn't see them. it looked like they only had 2 but i had wanted 4, so i asked if i could have 3 and she looked around the tank and was like "well it looks like we only have 2 but let me look around the tank" and she picked up a decoration and like 10 of them shot out like rockets. so she gave me the 3 but i'm really wishing i would have gotten at least one more. but at that exact moment my mom and sister were like "come on were ready to go!" so i was just like "...ummmmm hold on..." because they didn't even know i was getting frogs. then my mom came around the corner and was like "come on .....what are you doing??" so i was like ".....just getting some frogs...." and she just rolled her eyes haha. but anyways that quick interaction threw me off so that was why i didn't ask for another one, and i also forgot to buy pellets! oops! i have bloodworms though. so i got them home and floated them for probably about 35-45 minutes, dumped 85% of the aids water (the petco water in the bag) and added mine (over the course of like 15 minutes), cupped charlie, rearranged the tank slightly, and then let the frogs loose, about a half hour later i let charlie loose. while the frogs were still in the bag charlie swam up and half flared then stared for a few minutes and then lost interest. when i let the frogs loose, one (the loner) fell straight down on to some driftwood, and the other 2 scattered and it took me quite a while to find them. at that point i also put some bloodworms on a terra cotta saucer, it took the adf forever to find it. over the course of a couple hours i have seen 2 eating, but i have seen lone ones sitting with the bloodworms, but don't know if the third one ate. but its only the first day. after i let charlie back in to the tank it took him at least a half hour to even realize the frogs were in there, and when he saw the first one he swam up to it, their faces were almost touching and it looked like charlie was like ".....wait this thing is alive?!? it moved! what in the crap is that?!" and then he swam away. he could not care less that there are frogs in there (they even laid down together later on!) then charlie saw the bloodworms which was another big fear of mine, and again he couldn't be more uninterested in them. he didn't eat any. the frogs have mostly been lounging, i see them shoot up for air occasionally and shoot back down, all at a million miles an hour haha. and of course i took a ton of pictures, so i'll include those now. some are quite blurry though, i guess today just wasn't a good picture day haha. 003.jpg
well i think i might have a method for somewhat telling the frogs apart one spends 15-20 minutes every couple of hours zen posing at the surface, one mainly stays near the food dish and the other stays on the bottom but no where near the food dish. and i got a pretty good look at 2 of them today, one has almost no butt bump at all and one has a pretty pronounced butt bump, so i'm hoping at least one is male although i'm guessing they are far too young to tell for sure yet. today i saw all 3 in the food dish, at different times though. and i only saw 2 actually eat. but theres still blood worms left, so i'm going to assume no ones going hungry. i took a ton of pictures today but once again a lot of them are still blurry, i'm not really sure what i'm doing wrong. today when i turned on the light in the morning charlie was floating with the frog that spends a lot of time near the top, it was cute, i think they were both sleeping. heres a picture of that minus charlie 004.jpg
heres a pretty blurry picture of where one of the other frogs was when i turned on the light 001.jpg
the coconut behind the food dish seems to be a main hangout for the frogs 012.jpg
one of the adf was hanging out under the leaf, which was pretty cute 014.jpg
while taking the previous picture, the flash startled him and he darted down inside of the terra cotta pot and started panicking because he couldn't figure out how to get out, but he got it after a couple seconds 015.jpg 016.jpg 017.jpg 018.jpg 019.jpg
heres one of them hanging out in the popular coconut 042.jpg
heres where the one that hangs out at the top, hangs out 045.jpg 051.jpg
heres some misc. cute pictures 053.jpg 069.jpg 074.jpg 078.jpg 084.jpg
its super hard to see but this frog had a bloodworm stuck to his face haha 086.jpg
and i found one of them in the cutest little hiding spot 093.jpg 095.jpg 100.jpg 105.jpg 109.jpg 110.jpg 119.jpg 120.jpg 121.jpg
today for the first time i physically saw all 3 eat. so thats good. it seems if i feed them as soon as i turn the light on, they will eat almost immediately. other than that i don't have much news, but of course i have more pictures!