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Oh me too! I really hope they keep their colors as long as possible, but their marbling gene is inevitable. :(

Side note: my coworker and I both have little 3 gal aquariums at work now. (The addiction is real) I just set mine up today and started the cycling process. Not sure what Iíll keep in it. Maybe just bring in the one female I have at home in my 10g community tank? Rescue one from my LFS or petsmart/petco? Undecided!
Oh! I so badly want a fishie at work! I've been really tempted since I have a 1G airstone filtered tank and a 2.5 tank that I need to piece together. I was just unsure about the water changes and how that would work.. Please let me know how it goes for you.
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post #22 of 32 (permalink) Old 01-29-2018, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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Lots of photos to share! Nothing major to report; all my tanks are chugging along nicely. First 3 pics are recent pics of their progress. The Fluval Spec V has almost been up for 1 month!



And I love my tank at work more than I thought I would. Water changes were a challenge, but I manage so far with a red solo cup and a ziplock bag. I pour in fresh tap water (with Prime) from a gallon milk container. I was going to bring a female from home to put in, but my coworker was ready to KILL her betta because “he was ugly”. Which I couldn’t let her do, so I now have a rescued, older Crowntail male.... Lol



The rest of the pics are some macro shots of everybody. I got a cheap $5 macro lens clip on for my iPhone 6 on Amazon. I’m so impressed! The details are killer on these high res images.






Lastly, I sold 50+ Dwarf shrimp locally last weekend, yay!
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10G: Asahi (Giant Koi HMPK male)
10G: Poke (Koi female) & community tetra/endlers/corydoras/otto
7G: Painted Fire Red Dwarf Shrimp colony (Always for sale!)
5G Fluval Spec V: Sapporo (Koi male)
3G Office Desk: Kirin (Koi HMPK male)
All live planted tanks!

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Beautiful! Loooove the close ups. :)

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post #24 of 32 (permalink) Old 01-31-2018, 12:30 PM
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Did you sell shrimp off craigslist? I sold a large portion of moss yesterday for cheap. The buyer was happy. I was happy. My betta has more swimming space now. Win win win situation :)

You have beautiful shrimp. I'm glad to hear that you saved your co worker's betta. He will be so happy in the tank!
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Yes, craigslist! I am always happy to recoup some of my money spent on this hobby. lol Great about selling your extra moss! Now I have more space for more shrimps to grow too. Win, win indeed.

And thank you! :) I really hope so. I've been taking pics of his progress.
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10G: Asahi (Giant Koi HMPK male)
10G: Poke (Koi female) & community tetra/endlers/corydoras/otto
7G: Painted Fire Red Dwarf Shrimp colony (Always for sale!)
5G Fluval Spec V: Sapporo (Koi male)
3G Office Desk: Kirin (Koi HMPK male)
All live planted tanks!
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What a dramatic change! I bet he will look prettier in another month :) To be honest, I like the way he looks now though -unique!

Shrimp are awesome. I really enjoy my RCS although mine are not as red as yours though. I bought them (low - sakura grades) off craigslist. I love CL!
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Just some random progress updates-

10g jungle: not much going on. I swapped bettas so Sapporo lives in there now. He loves exploring the jungle. My culls and wild brown shrimps are berrying fast. Not sure what to do with all these culls lol

7g Fire Reds: thriving! I’ve been doing local shrimp sales and trades for plants! Check out that giant, amazing anubias plant I got for a few shrimp!! Trying a new bee pollen-based food made by a shrimp breeder on another forum.

10g Community: got a major make over! It’s always been a hot mess so I haven’t wanted to share it. Lol I finally added more Fluval shrimp/plant substrate and planted it properly. I totally forgot the hardscape tho (duh!) so I have to work on it more. Added some black neon tetras and a Kuhli loach over the weekend. Other stock: 4 Harlequin Rasboras, 2 neon rainbow tetras, 3 green corydora, and 1 african bumblebee catfish. I may throw some of my shrimp culls in here because why not.

Fluval Spec V: Still in progress. Tested water params a few days ago and cycle is nearly complete. Still a few ppm’s of Nitrates left. Added that big Anubias plant here. May consider ripping out all the Christmas moss which doesn’t appear to be doing well. My boyfriend built me an AMAZING custom stand/light hanger that I love! So sleek...

Work tank 3g: my coworker decided that Crowntail is pretty again and wanted him back. So with an empty tank, it worked out well because I won a baby koi HMPK female on eBay and picked her up locally for $6. Ain’t she cute? She may be too small for the community tetra tank so she’s keeping me company at work. She quickly became one of my favorites! So cute.

That’s about it for now. :) ....I have too many tanks please help me
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10G: Asahi (Giant Koi HMPK male)
10G: Poke (Koi female) & community tetra/endlers/corydoras/otto
7G: Painted Fire Red Dwarf Shrimp colony (Always for sale!)
5G Fluval Spec V: Sapporo (Koi male)
3G Office Desk: Kirin (Koi HMPK male)
All live planted tanks!

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You are good at aquascaping! The new girl is cute :) I think she will get more red as she grows...?

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....I have too many tanks please help me
You just explained why I have only two tanks...
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You just explained why I have only two tanks...
LOL Right?? I think I need to downsize... The addiction is real.

And thanks yes I hope her spots come in nicely. We will see how she marbles. The downside to koi bettas....



10G: Asahi (Giant Koi HMPK male)
10G: Poke (Koi female) & community tetra/endlers/corydoras/otto
7G: Painted Fire Red Dwarf Shrimp colony (Always for sale!)
5G Fluval Spec V: Sapporo (Koi male)
3G Office Desk: Kirin (Koi HMPK male)
All live planted tanks!
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Introduction time!!

So I traded some graphic design services to a betta breeder in Florida for a few nice bettas. (Who wouldn't? lol) So I picked out a gorgeous HMPK Giant koi betta male who I've named Asahi. (Im keeping that Japanese beer theme going, hey! lol) his body is about 3” long. I got some nice macro shots of him. And 2 koi HMPK females. One of which jumped out of the breeder's tank before they were mailed so a replacement will be sent in a few months once his next batch of koi bettas are old enough. So the koi female that did arrive I have named Poke.

All are doing well so far. I had to move some bettas around and divide a 5g to make everyone cozy, but hey free fish! :D

Im also attaching an updated pic of Sapporo since he is marbling so fast, noo! lol But I still think he's gorgeous.
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10G: Asahi (Giant Koi HMPK male)
10G: Poke (Koi female) & community tetra/endlers/corydoras/otto
7G: Painted Fire Red Dwarf Shrimp colony (Always for sale!)
5G Fluval Spec V: Sapporo (Koi male)
3G Office Desk: Kirin (Koi HMPK male)
All live planted tanks!

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