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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 12-13-2015, 02:44 AM Thread Starter
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Stellas Life Journal

So on the day I rescued Stella from Petco I originally dragged my boyfriend with me to fawn over some cats which I am very fond of but sadly cant have in my dorm room. Long story short after an hour and a half of pouty faces and pleading with my boyfriend and $30 dollars later (im rather cheap and dont like to spend much money if I dont have to (ignorant me had no clue what I was in store for since I had never had fish before)) I walked out with a beautiful blue-green and black metallic female crowntail that I instantly fell in love with. The lighting was horrible along with the phone I was using but no amount of photo quality would do her justice she really was gorgeous



Along with her I bought a marina betta kit tank as per the employees recommendation (stupid employee) and a little cup with 3 marimo moss balls in it. When I got home I opened up the tank box and realized that the food that it was supposed to come with wasnt there so I had to run out to my LFS and buy the only betta food they had which was $5 (ignorant me knowing absolutely nothing about fish soon regretted this). I got to my dorm room and dechlorinated the water the way the instructions said and floated her for a while before I put her and her moss ball in the tank


The first time she saw her new (temporary) home

The next few days were filled with tons of research. I wanted to learn anything and everything I could about these guys. I very quickly learned that her housing conditions were less then optimal. I had no clue fish needed a filter and a heater and a bigger tank I was so new and clueless about the world of fish (I still am new to things).

Stella did good for that first week and the second day she finally relaxed and lost her stress stripes


Her with the rubber duckie I put for her to play with

That Friday morning I ordered a heater and a silk plant (the original one was plastic not a hard plastic that would tear her fins but still plastic) and a thermometer along with a krusty krab cave and betta hammock I started noticing things for this little fish which I thought wouldnt cost me anything were starting to get pricey. I went to Petco that weekend when I was home and bought a bigger tank (Icant find any link for the one I bought but I got it from water and its basically just like this) because I just felt bad having her in such a tiny tank with no filter and space.

I put her in the new tank and set up the filter and patiently waited for the rest of the things to arrive. They got to my house on Sunday and I was very dissapointed with the plant as it wasnt the soft silk I imagined it would be I was more a smooth fabric and plastic base. I set up the tank with all the new things and left her be for a few hours. When I came back she was all calmed down. No stress stripes anymore Yay!


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My continued background story

When I had set her up in her new tank I wanted to go back to Petco and look at getting an air control valve and a check valve because I noticed the current from the filter was too strong for her I also wanted to look at getting her some different food because in my days of research (which are still continuing as I learn something new everyday) I found out that pellets are better and that blood worms and brine shrimp are good for them as well. So I bought the air pump stuff and some Omega One mini pellets and Omega One bloodworms.

I came back home to set up the air control valve only to see when I opened the box that it was broken! I installed the check valve but the Petco was closed by this time so I had no choice but to wait (poor girl was getting pushed around :( ). The next day I returned it and bought a less expensive one which worked perfectly fine and was even able to buy a pre filter for the intake tube with the leftover money.

I went back to my dorm for the week and Stella was getting more and more energetic everyday (she was always energetic from the beginning which is why I waned her). Her personality was starting to show and I learned that I had a little diva on my hands. She wanted things her way I would feed her and she would only pick out what she liked from the food (the freeze dried brine shrimp pieces that were in her flakes) and leave all the rest. Whenever I would walk by her tank and not give her attention she would start flashing and splashing around demanding my attention but would flare in anger when I finally came to visit her. I started loving her more and more as I learned what kind of fish she was going to be.



She is currently now doing very well and is very happy in her little home. And I am always looking for new ways to improve her quality of life. Currently I'm looking into getting some live plants for her tank to replace the plastic and "silk" ones she has now. Im also looking at getting her a bigger tank possibly 3 gallons along with some cherry shrimp to put in the 1.5 gallon.


Here is the most recent picture I have of her


And this one is to show the metallic tint she has :)

You are now all caught up on backstory and I will be continuing to post our adventures together:)
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She's a lovely girl! I'm glad you brought her home and are interested in giving her a good home.

For the shrimp, they probably would like a filter and heater, too, and an aged tank. That means it's been set up for several months and has micro stuff growing in there for the shrimp to snack on outside of feeding time. I love shrimp, and they are so fun to watch!

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She's a lovely girl! I'm glad you brought her home and are interested in giving her a good home.

For the shrimp, they probably would like a filter and heater, too, and an aged tank. That means it's been set up for several months and has micro stuff growing in there for the shrimp to snack on outside of feeding time. I love shrimp, and they are so fun to watch!
Thank you! Ive learned that with fish care you cant be cheap so I started just looking at quality over quantity because I want her to live as long and happy as possible.

As for the shrimp tank Im most definitely not going to immediately set that up until it is fully prepared and cycled. I don't yet have the stuff to set a new tank up and I won't have money to until after the holidays most likely. I still am not sure what kind of shrimp I would like to get they all look and sound so fascinating to me but Im leaning more toward cherry shrimp because I know their on the small side which would be perfect for me
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Plant(s)!

So today me and my mom went to Petco looking for some breath treats for my dog who is starting to develop halitosis and ever so naturally I just so happened to wander off into the fish section (Its their fault for having the dog and fish section so close!). As I was looking at the bettas I noticed some cups marked with rose petal tail mmales. I had never heard of this kind as I only recently started the fish hobby and so I took a look. My o my! They are so gorgeous! There was 2 boys in particular that caught my attention and especially one. He was so gorgeous with such a full tail and bright vibrant colors! He seemed healthy and active and even flared at my fingers. Of course my dumb phone wouldnt get any good pictures of them (grrrrr).


This is the best my phone would get and even still I think he is so pretty


This is the other one that caught my attention but I think he was falsely marked but im not sure since I am very new to this

I took a look at some of the tanks to see if they had any sales but sadly no such luck. I then went to look at some of the plants because I really want to start putting live ones in the tank. I saw some anacharis in a tank but was iffy on buying any because some of them looked very unhealthy so instead I went to the tubed plants and saw a few really good looking ones. One of the anubias ones was looking very healthy and so I ended up buying it (I had previously done tons of research to find the best plant for my tank). I got home to plant it (which was a battle because it did not want to stay under the sand and gravel I have) and took out the "silk" one that I had bought off of amazon because it really was too rough for Stella imo.


Of course my camera didnt want to focus and take a clear picture so this was the best I could get. I will definitely have to fix it when I do my next water change which will be tomorrow

Update on Stella:
Shes doing good she flared at me yesterday when I went to feed her because I hadn't been able to give her much attention that day and she got impatient with me when I was putting her pellets in the water and she decided to jump and take the food off my finger rather than wait for me to put it in (such as the little diva she is ) She seems pretty happy about the plants and has been swimming around between them for a while now checking it all out.

Im thinking about maybe getting a snail for her but I know it may be a big bioload for such a small tank. Ughh I wish I had the money for a bigger tank already
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A new baby boy

So yesterday I went into petco with the intention of buying a new 5.5 gallon glass uncovered tank that they were selling for $13.99 and a new Rosetail betta because I just thought that boy was so beautiful. When I got there I promptly grabbed the tank and some white sand substrate to put in Stellas tank for the anubias to be planted better because the gravel really wasnt working out (roots kept coming unburied and would float to the top). I then went to pick out my new little boy. Sadly the 2 that I had seen just a few days earlier were gone (I kind of figured they would be scooped up really fast :/ I just hope whoever got them will take good care of them). So instead I looked at some of the elephant ear males but they were all seriously sick and unhealthy. One had "float" so bad he couldnt even swim he was just on his side at the top of the cup going around in circles it was so sad. I had already told myself that I wouldnt get another female so I restrained myself from even looking because I knew I would take one home if I did. I started looking at other stuff that I needed instead but would still come back and look at the same fish again and again (I was probably in there for an hour going in circles around the fish section so much even the employees were giving me funny looks). Eventually I realized I wouldnt be taking anyone home that day so I just put the tank back. For some reason and I dont know why I decided to go look at the baby bettas. I know theres a big controversy over the selling of bettas at such a young age so I wasnt planning on getting any (look how great that turned out). As soon as I picked up the first baby boys cup I feel in love. He gave me those eyes and that face we all know it the face a betta gives when they are pleading for you to take them home. I immediately put him into my cart and wanted to buy him. I was also really in luck because he was the only one there with color and he was also the biggest (more reasons why I felt he would be perfect to take home with me). He was still small enough to fit into my boyfriends old 1 gallon tank so I didnt need to buy another one until he starts to get bigger which by then I will have gotten my 5.5 gallon and moved Stella into it (thats the plan anyway Ill most likely get more fish before then (I really have no self control when it comes to these cute little guys anymore)). He survived the ride home and the time it took me to dig out the 1 gallon tank and get it all set up for him.
Here he is! I still havnt decided on a name for him but Im stuck between Kratos and Thantos. The first because my boyfriend pointed out he is very very fearless just like the God of War character and the red also fits.

You can't tell from the picture but he is a bright red little guy with some blue dots along the edges of the base of his dorsal fin. I know he has some tears in his fins which makes him even more of a precious baby to me.
He is a very active little guy however in no way as active as Stella who is constantly swimming around in her tank. Shes like a little energizer bunny.

Today was fasting day so she was not very happy with me.

I redid Stellas tank with the sand which was a nightmare. I knew I had to rinse the sand off but I didnt realize that you had to rinse it off so much so when I put the sand in the tank and fought with the plants to get the roots in the sand (which was another battle in itself) it kicked up all the dust and particles I hadnt washed off and completely clouded my water. I had the filter running for 30 minutes and it was still cloudy so I had to do a 50% WC which didnt help much either so I did another 50% WC and it made it alot better. Theres still a small layer of dust along the top of the water but as I do water changes its been getting less and less. This is the final product

The 2 anubias plants have already started floating out of the sand as I type but im just going to leave them for now and let them bury themselves.
I put the old purple gravel into the new boys tank along with the plant and krusty krab that used to be in Stellas and the marimo ball too to kick start a cycle. He seems to love the plant and is either always swimming in it or hanging out at the top of the tank. He is super curious about anything that goes into his tank. He has no problem swimming straight up to whatevers going in whether its my hand (which he has already mistaken for food and tried to jump out and bite multiple times now) or a new object going in. He really is fearless. Tonight I am going to try the flake food for the first time with him and see how he reacts to it.

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I have officially decided on the name Kratos for the new baby boy. Hes getting bigger already and getting more and more red everyday. Its really interesting to see though because he has the random blue dots along his body. I dont know if that means he will change color or if thats just how he is. I guess thats the beauty of buying him as a baby though its all a surprise as to how he turns out looking. He started getting a lot braver and will now jump out to get his food when he is being impatient. I have also discovered that he is a big eater he begs for food every time I go to look at him. So far his favorite food is surprisingly the Bettamin flakes but I think thats because it has freeze dried brine shrimp in it. The tears in his cadual and anal fins are starting to get better but the one on his anal fin is still there and very noticeable. Makes me wonder how he got it in the first place I mean hes only a few months old and im sure he sadly spent most of that time being shipped and left in a tiny cup on a shelf so I dont understand how he could have gotten a tear straight down like that. I feel like the colder weather is throwing him off a bit. I have a heater that usually keeps his water at 78-80 F because the room temp is usually 74-77 F but with the colder weather the room has been about 72-75 F so his tank is around 74-76 F. I wish I could put the same brand heater Stella has in her tank that automatically shuts off and on to keep the water at 78-79 F but its too big for his tank. He doesnt seem to mind the cooler water too much but his active lifestyle has certainly become a little less energetic. Other than that he is really an interesting guy to watch I cant wait to see what he looks like all grown up.

As for Stella she is doing good. I put Kratos tank next to hers for a little bit while doing a water change and she freaked out and started flaring at him like crazy. Im really glad I decided not to get any tank mates for her seeing how aggressive she got just from him being next to her. Poor little guy was so confused he was trying to flare back but his flare was so tiny and didnt last very long. I had to move him to an opposite end of the counter just so Stella would calm down. As for the plants in her tank I completely gave up on trying to keep the roots buried they have almost completely become unburied and every time I try to fix them it ends up the same way. Im just hoping they will eventually bury themselves so I dont have to see the exposed roots all the time. Ive even tried tying them down to no avail the same result happens.

I really want to get a 2.5 gallon from petsmart but I know my mom would be so upset with me for spending more money on another tank. Im planning on waiting until the holiday season is over and when I go back to my dorm getting the 2.5 and just keeping it there and have Stella in it and Kratos moved to the 1.5 that Stella has now and using the 1 gallon that Kratos is in now as a hospital tank or a snail tank. I also want to get some plants for Kratos tank as well. Im looking at some anacharis but I really dont want to have to order it because ive heard horror stories of people receiving all dead plants and I dont want to have to fork up the money for expensive shipping only to have them get to me all dead or dying. The anacharis at my Petco looks dangerous though because they have it in a big community plant tank and most of the ones in there are dead or dying there are a few healthy ones but I dont want to risk them having something that will kill them off in a couple days. For now the anubias is looking good and healthy and appears to be growing which is good for me.

Picture Time!


Kratos is so hard to get pictures of because hes such a dark color and my camera kinda sucks you cant even see his blue spots



Stella- Blue/Black CT female (11/15/15)
Kratos- Red/Blue DeT male (12/15/15) SIP
Baymax- White Dumbo HM male
(8/16/16) SIP

Ray- Marble Dumbo HM male
(4/26/17)
Carly- Pomeranian (1/15/09)
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Sweet little guys! My girl is really aggressive like that, too.

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They are both so cute!

A couple of things. I hope you don't mind. I can't tell if the Anubias is buried completely. If so, you want to leave the rhizome above the substrate or it will rot. You can use a plant weight to hold it down, tie to a piece of decor or just let it float.

The other is you don't really need a heater for shrimp. They prefer cooler temps so when you do get one set it on 76 or so just to keep the temps steady.

Congratulations on your babies!!

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Thanks, I'll make sure to fix my shrimp's tank tomorrow morning, too.

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