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post #31 of 4172 (permalink) Old 10-10-2015, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Eli

As I mentioned before, visiting lps has been a fun think to do when I have a chance. I started taking photos of unusual fish and studying their traits. One day I ran across this very unusual plakat. He was a dragon scale but had facinating color patterns. The fins were orange with red dots and the edges were black. I never seen anything like him. After doing some reading, I thought it might be possible for him to be an Armageddon. This is when you have a yellow and red combination together on a fish. It seems to be very unusual trait combination and have only seen one or two on Aquabid. If you have never seen a true Armageddon check it out. It turned out he didn't meet criteria for that but i loved his different coloration. I was in and out of the store many times and would stop and see if he was still there. Several weeks went by and so this time I decided if he was still there, he was coming home. Yeah he was!! Here are some pictures from when I first saw him to separate visits to the store. You can tell how his dragon scales were starting to change over time turning more of a blue green.
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post #32 of 4172 (permalink) Old 10-10-2015, 03:49 PM
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Oh! Sweet Chance. Poor baby...he went through so much. :( I am so glad you found him! He turned out to be a gorgeous boy too- is he a "butterfly"? That would be fitting. I like how he perked up at the sight of Leo! That will do it! ;)

And Eli is so very special. I do love Plakats! They are so free and lively!
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Eli has continued to make at very interesting progressing. His white dragon scales have all turned blue now. He has turned into a very beautiful fish! He is a funny guy. If you put your finger on the tank he tries to bite it. He also really enjoys having a planted tank. Duckweed is a favorite floating plant to nibble on or hide in. Though I will warn you...a little duckweed goes a long way. It is kindof like glitter...it is always with you and you will find it in tanks you didn't know it was there :) Some more progression pictures. Eli is very hard to photograph because he is fast as lightening. Apparently I caught one personality picture today that shows he was not overly thrilled having a photo shoot.
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One other thing I will mention on Eli. He is starting to develop diamond eye. This is something that happens in a dragon scale fish where the scales actually start to cover the eye. A fish can have limited vision, as a result of this, or eventually go blind. Fortunately for Eli, his is just starting. I am currently treating him with banana leaves. These also release tannis into the water but they have properties that created more of a color loss. This can affect the dragon scale and reverse the process to some extent. Some have had great success with this treatment. I have another fish, Neil who you will meet soon, that has a significant diamond eye. He still can see shadows or has very limited vision. Unfortunately, his eyes may have been too progressed when I got him but I have see the effects of the banana leaf. One drawback is that they can fade the color of your fish. With fish like Neil, however, any quality of life that can be restored the better.

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Bettasplendid thanks for reading their stories! Chance is a trooper. I hope he lives a very long life. I am curious how long those fins will grow!! Plakats are much fun. Mine swim like little bullets zipping around then will all of a sudden stop mid swim and flare those fins. They seem to be a bit more aggressive in that they will charge the glass more when they see another fish, but they are very sweet fish. What types of bettas do you have?

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Oh! You should read my journal. I have a post for each betta. :) Hatzallah has a story painfully similar to Chance. I don't know if he was a return but he hardly had any fins left. He looked like a shrimp! Now he is amazing! I have a veiltail (the one who started it all), a female, 2 crowntails, a plakat...and one...well I don't know what Simeon really is...Petsmart had him labeled "halfmoon dumbo" but his tail is plakat-short and his pectorals are not long but they ARE white. He is cute, whatever he is.

I love Eli's gill picture! Tell him he looks "tough" (but he is really just adorable).

Please keep us updated about the banana leaf! Hopefully I will never need it! And I hope it works for you.
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Raisa Faith (Raya)

Beautiful yellow fishes are not very common in our area but a few stores had started carrying them from time to time. I had seen a beautiful lemon girl awhile back and admired her coloration. Not long after I saw her she found a home which was great. The day I was brought Eli home, I had forgot a couple of supplies so ran back in a pet store closer to home. To my suprise there was another lemon little girl. Her eyes were dark and she was a feisty little thing despite her very murky water. The EE next to her had died. She was to special to leave behind so Raisa Faith, my little ray of sunshine came home. Raisa is actually a Russian name. It means friend. The nickname for it is Raya a perfect fit for this cute little girl. I had the privilege to care for Raya for about 3 months before she was adopted into her forever home. She got her own 5.5 tank and is doing amazing from what I hear.
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Goliath the gentle giant

I had done some internet reading about giants and king bettas. Their size alone was intriguing. I was curious to see if their behavior was the same or different from a standard betta. Our Petco in town carries the kings (their version of giant). I have seen some monster sized ones from time to time when been in the store. They always seemed sad as so big that sometimes they couldn't hardly swim but had to almost pivot around in the cup to move. After a long search for the perfect king, I spotted Golliath. His colors were a bit different from most kings (most common are dark blue with some red) I had seen in the store. Love his heart he looked like Big Haus next to my other boys. Clearly he was grumpy and unhappy in a cup too small for him but overall healthy.
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I decided to start Goliath out in a 5.5 planted tank. This was my first attempt at real plants but thought I would give it a shot with some common plants such as anubias, amazon sword, fern, and cabomba. I started out with a gravel base. The hood for the tank had just at standard bulb since the tank was one from my dad. I upgraded to a compact fluorescent. Goliath loved the new tank. He would patrol the perimeter each day to make sure all walls were secure. My grandson had decided Goliath needed a friend in his tank and insisted we put in a Squidward aquarium figure I had. Even though Squidward was not in my aquascape plans I caved lol. Well Goliath did not know what to think of this new intruder. He would circle Squidward and get up in his face like "i am going to take you down". I think it took a couple of days before he realized he was still the King of the tank.
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Enter Johnny the mystery snail

At this point, I'm finding Goliath to be such a funny boy. After looking into some potential tank mates I decided on a golden mystery snail. He couldn't harm that and it might provide some entertainment for him. Well it did! Now Goliath was back on military duty. He would follow that snail all over the tank. He tried nipping at it once but quickly realized it would pull back in the shell in retreat so he left it alone. The only thing Goliath wasn't happy about was that fact that Johnny the snail, whom should have been named Turbo, was getting these strange little algae wafers. That crazy fish would try everything he could to get one of those in his big mouth. What was really funny was since bettas have an upturned mouth he about had to stand on his head to get near the food. After much acrobatics he finally gave up...or so I thought.

Not long after Johnny entered the picture I upgraded them to a 10 gallon heavy planted natural tank. I did the whole 9 yards with this with mineralized topsoil and a play sand topper. New plants included cryptocoryne, scarlett temple, dwarf sagitarias, brazilian pennywort, anarchias, rolata, dwarf baby tears, and ludgwia. Don't quote me on the spelling though. Goliath was thrilled with himself as a new empire to control haha. He thrived with the new plants and had gotten quite accustomed to Johnny....so I got another snail. This one was also a mystery snail but more of an olive green. It's body was black unlike the other which was white. My grandson named this one Jammy.

One day while making daily rounds with fish I noticed Goliath acting really weird. He was up under a sword plant twisting and turning. He would go back and forth and looked like pushing something around. With further evaluation, that crazy fish had been stashing algae wafers under the plant and was trying to keep the snails from getting them!! And some people think fish aren't intelligent. He always has me doubled over laughing at something.

On a side note; Johnny and Jammy had started to become a little too friendly. I suddenly had egg sacks at the water surface. Not good so Jammy got rehomed to my daughters goldfish tank. I guess you could say the mystery is over now. hehe
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