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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-20-2016, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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A Journal on my Betta.

I bought a baby betta from petco just yesterday. That day I got my 2.5 gallon out of storage and filled it up with settled tap water and added conditioner.
Today, I ran out the door to buy a heater for that small of gallon, my last one has disappeared since I used is last. I also got the missing makings for a DIY sponge filter, a sponge filter cartridge and an air stone. I used old pvc pipe(cleaned via bleach bath and many, many rinses), left over air tubing and an old airpump to create the sponge filter. Its working very well so far, the current outgoing is gentle enough that the baby betta swims up to look at the bubbles.
I also had a well leached batch of driftwood, all ready to go, and bought a Java fern to add some pizaz to the tank. I will be cutting my rapid growing stem plants and adding them later on.
Since his tank is set up next to the my Tetras I gave him a half view of the tank, so he can see other fish, but also have a safe zone to hide from the fish. That is, if he wants, but he prefers looking at everything. He comes to the front of the tank if I wave for him to come over, which I think is a rather cute.

...Is it me, or do new fish make one feel the need to look at them every ten minutes, just to make sure they are still happy and healthy?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-20-2016, 11:23 PM
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It's not just you. I'm still in that stage with Kevin Zuri and Tadashi. And will be the same when my roommate's new boy comes to me on Friday. (She's overseas right now)


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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-21-2016, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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So I finished his tank today by installing his tank cover. Its plexiglass, because the tank is actually a terrarium that I used as a fry tank for two years, raising platies and guppies(disinfected, for those who worry).
To start it off, plexiglass is the hardest thing to cut in a straight line. Its a head to break, cut, or saw. Which is why this cover is epoxied together, Because it broke down the middle.

Alls well with the little guy, he had two hearty meals today, as I was at work he'll only have three meals today. He has gotten a nice noticeable stomach now, which makes me feel better. He mustn't have been getting fed right at petco since he was a bit on the thin side.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-25-2016, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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The baby Betta has been dubed Shimmer. Because he flashes iridescent blue green when he swims.

I added some brazilian waterweed cuttings to Shimmer's tank at the latest cleaning. He is happy with more green I'm sure, but The moment he sees me he starts swimming back and forth at the front of the tank: Begging for food of course.
Since I siphon the bottom of the tank to clean it, I take Shimmer out using his petco cup. He hates it, he gets all striped and kinda sulks around the edges of the cup until I put him back. Hes way to curoius to siphon the tank with him in it, he want to look at everything.
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Three and a half years later I update my journal! Shimmer is alive and well, I recently dirted her tank and planted it! Its amazing but after she reached maturity her tail continues to grow, you can kinda see where her tail started since the caudal spines are a bit 'off' She is super pretty now with her long tail.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-21-2019, 09:03 AM
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She looks kinda like my baby I got from petco <3 crazy how much they change huh? I'm glad she's still doing well. :)
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