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Sorry all typos. My goofy phone! Love to see pix of your tank

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Talking A Great Chance

Since I was on the subject of planted tanks, I thought I would start with an introduction of Chance today. Seeing him out for an afternoon swim darting through his plants and flaring at his cory cat neighbors makes it hard to remember his humble beginnings and fight for life. So meet Chance Victory J
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Hah-cabomba does look like pine trees, now that you point that out. Very cute!

I am itching to do just that...the organic potting soil and play sand cap. ! It sounded INTIMIDATING a few months ago...but now after much reading and practicing plants in gravel, I want to try soil...

Can't wait for Chance's story!
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Thank you Polkadot!
You are welcome!

I love the look of your tanks too,fantastic photos.
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Thanks Polkadot. I typically take pictures with my phone which sometimes if I can get it to focus correctly and fish cooperate I can get a pretty good picture. I have a Cannon camera that my son no longer uses that I have been meaning to try out and see if I can get something really detailed. I really like photographing fish because it is such a challenge. If I only had a dollar for ever tail end I get haha!

BettaSplendid I totally felt the same way about planted tanks when i started to research them. There are some great knowledgeable members on the site that I have learned a lot from. Still so much more to know, but gradually as I am trying it confidence builds so I try a little more. Maybe one day I will get it down pat. Each tank is a little easier. In fact, sorry for delay on Chance's story. I made a run to the Aquarium store for more plants last night to rescape some of my smaller tanks that had silk plants. As always, I get into a bigger project than realize, BUT I redid 6 tanks!! It is so much fun to see how thrilled the fish are with live plants. I guess that natural instinct comes out but they are hillarious doing flips through the leaves and posing on plants. Titus had a piece of cabomba floating on surface. He got right under it and stuck his head right up in it. It looked like he had on some crazy wig! I laughed so hard.

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Chance

It was just a typical weekend the 1st of July and off to Walmart again to get some things for our cookout. My parents were coming over that weekend so we enjoy doing the famous fourth tradition of grilling burgers and hot dogs. Oh and you have to have a watermellon! Once again I made my regular rounds to the fish aisle. I had seen a new shipment come in earlier in the week and there were some beautiful multicolored veil tails and a nice selection of crown tails. I looked through each fish again. I always have to make sure they are not stacked (major pet peeve!) and put them back into categories so they can be better seen and hopefully find a new home. I noticed a shelf above the tanks were all messed up and pushed everywhere. Out of the corner of my eye pushed to the back I caught the site of a betta cup behind this mess of tanks. Oh surely someone has not stuck this poor fish back there? Shock was the next emotion as I pulled this little fish to the front to see. His fins looked like he had been in a blender and was so weak he barely could make it to the surface of the nasty water for air. When he floated back down he just laid to the side. He had ammonia poisoning and I just wasn't sure what else. Then I got mad! I was not going to let Walmart be so neglectful that they would allow this to happen to this poor fish and then push him back on the shelf behind tanks to die. No way was I going to let that happen. I called the department manager and confronted him. To my further shock I found out this poor little fish had been a RETURN! Seriously????? He had been in that new shipment. Someone had bought him, fought him with another fish and THEN to beat all had the gall to return him to the store. Unbelievable and what made me even more mad was that the store took him back! Now at this point I have to give the department manager credit. He turned out to be a really nice guy and actually had done some research on bettas and how to care for them. He said he felt so bad for this fish but didn't know what to do. He had tried to help him and put some melafix in his cup. I told him the fish was so weak it was doubtful he would even make it through the night unless something was done. I did not need another fish. After all I had 10 happy fishes at home and no extra tank, however I told him I did do betta rescue and thought I could help the fish. I asked him if he would give the fish to me at a deep discount and he said yes. He was so glad someone was going to try to help. I had to talk to the store manager as well but I got the fish for .99 cents. That was my gracious offer to the manager. I also bought another tank and gravel to go home with. This special fish was a fighter. He had survived to this point. He deserved a CHANCE.
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I brought Chance in and set up his tank. I was still fairly inexperienced with treating fish, but had some past success that I wanted to try on him. I set his water up with 1 tsp Aquarium salt per gallon. I knew this would help his gill function and would be a preventative for parasites. I set him up with several plants and a little tunnel to hide in. I wanted to help him feel as secure as possible. As I netting him to the tank, he didn't even move or fight me. That was a real clue to know how weak he was. He settled into his new tank but was very quiet. Swimming to the top was challenging so I set him up with a betta leaf as well. Thank goodness for Amazon and quick delivery! I got an order in on some Indian Almond Leaves too. The tannis they release would be a great help to him. Gradually he started to respond some to me. He would try to hold his little head up but didn't have enough strength to be level in the water. I knew it was touch and go but his eyes showed hope.
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The first night I didn't sleep much at all. I would get up and check on him periodically. Even my husband, who is not much of a fish person, began to take an interest in Chance. My daughter would also check on him. Though still not eating, Chance gradually started improving with the salt treatments, and daily water changes. He would now start swimming some and could maintain himself up in the water for longer periods of time. The IAL had also done their job and seem to soothe him. I was starting to see some clear fin regrowth as time went on.
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Eating had been a big struggle. I had bought some of the BOOST vitamin I mentioned earlier to enhance his desire to eat. He started showing interest in food but would eat it then spit it out. Concerned the pellets were not staying down, I tried the frozen brine shrimp. Gradually he began to eat and his strength improved all the more. He began fighting me tooth and nail when that net came out. Great sign!!! Now I was beginning to look for new challenges such as normal fish behaviors. He would not respond to other fish at all often swimming away. Each day he got a little face time as I call it to see other fish. Nothing worked so it was time to play the girl card! No fish that I had could resist Leo. She was one of my most animated fish and always put on a good show for a boy. So romantic music (just kidding) and out comes the girl next door. Woa baby that did it for him. His first flare!!!! I was so excited. Soon after he made his first bubble nest. I about cried as at that point I felt we had made it. His colors started coming out bright. I couldn't wait to see how he would turn out!. To my surprise, his coloration was coming out red, white, and blue! Now how perfect is that for a fish rescued on July the 1st! Chance was then given a middle name to celebrate: Chance Victory
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I will conclude on Chance with some more progression pictures. As you can see his fins have grown by leaps and bounds! It amazes me he doesn't look like the same fish. He is by far my happiest fish. He recently got upgraded to a fluval spec tank. He loves swimming under his bridge and flaring at his neighbors. I also have added live plants to his tank so we can continue to have pretty fins. There seems to be more clear growth currently on his fins as the grow longer each day. He is often the first fish to greet me in the am and has eyes that just smile at you. You know I have really not done much more than offer him a good environment and a lot of tlc. Love goes a long way and it is such a joy to see what he has become. Any one of us can provide that for a fish. We can't save the world but can help make things better for a fish one fish at a time. Sometimes all we need is a second chance like Chance. I'm sure grateful my Lord and Savior, Jesus, gave me mine.
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