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post #31 of 53 (permalink) Old 01-14-2019, 07:13 AM Thread Starter
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I'm going to try and keep this updated as much as possible, not going to be easy as it's looking like I need to find a new place to live. Anyways I rescued a Bunny this weekend, named him Knox. He is a Lionhead Mini Lop Eared Mix. Ouro Hiding under his log and Kojin patrolling the area for RCS. I am aware of the end of his fins, small amount of fin biting
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Cute Bunny,
Ouro is looking so much better then when you got him. How are the fins healing up?
Are you sure Kojin is biting and it's not an issue with the Fluval filter? My friend has his in a Spec III and the tails get a little mangled in the overflow/filter chamber
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Cute Bunny,
Ouro is looking so much better then when you got him. How are the fins healing up?
Are you sure Kojin is biting and it's not an issue with the Fluval filter? My friend has his in a Spec III and the tails get a little mangled in the overflow/filter chamber
Ha thanks, Knox is very well loved by Megan at the minute, not so much by the two cats. lol

His Fins are doing great, so good in fact that it's hard to get a photo of them. It's really just the Dorsal that looks like it needs to regrow as it still looks like 3 spines but this is slowly filling in as I can see white/transparent clear ends on his finnage that wasn't their previously.

I don't get what you mean about the Spec Filter? Behind the grate is a sponge with the Fluval filter media so his fins can't fit through the gap (sponge is flush to top of tank)I don't think it's the tank, I mean the RCS use this sponge to feed on and generally flit around the area without much issue of current

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Ok so Ouro was still enough this morning that I could take some photographs before I left for work so we had a little bonding session. Since his fins are still healing I have been doing daily 10% water changes. As you can see he is not a fan of the early morning water change. My first picture is my Favourite photograph I have taken in some years, sums up his grumpy silently judging temperament perfectly and i get this daily pre water change.

2nd Picture is the day I got him, 3rd a couple of weeks ago and last is from after this morning's water change. I have been trying to get a good Photograph of his fins so show how well the re growth is going.... he is a hard fish to photograph now he is stronger he's so much faster than I expected, puts my friends short fin Plakat to shame. Dorsal is looking so much better, it is now no longer clamped and I see him starting to use it a little more, we have a couple of nibbles here and there but overall really happy with his progress
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So on the subject of rescue fish, a friend who had set up a Sorority Tank has just been told that he has got the job that he went for and as a result in the next few weeks will be moving across the globe. For the time being he is still looking after the tank and has assured me that it is still working well (about a month in) now I love the fish in here, each girl has such a unique personality. So I will be taking in these girls but teh Sorority Tank is not going to continue, there is just far too much risk for me.

I obviously have Tanks in both my Home and my Office. However what I have noticed is that without a fish rack, which does not seem possible at the moment due to lack of funds, space and the mounting power bills (plus the Landlord says no pets) I have decided to combine some of my tanks together to try and tidy the place up. I have settled on a couple of “standard” 20 Gallon Aquariums for a couple of reasons. I would like to house at least 3 of my Betta’s in this tank, divided of course. And “currently” have 7 Betta Fish to home, or 6 and Kojin in his 8 Gallon. I wanted a 20 Gallon but the tank I am looking at is actually 64 litres or 17ish Gallons so close enough for what I want.

The Tank: So since I have dropped a fair amount of money into this Hobby already I want to make this as much of a budget build as I possibly can. After a lot of shopping about online and in LFS’s I have “settled” on the Aquapod LED 64L Starter Kit, basically because it is half RRP at the moment and comes with free shipping.
LED Lighting: The Starter Kit comes with Stock LED Lighting; this is 16W, with 31 LED’s and a colour range of 14000K. This lighting will be adequate for the plants and livestock that I aim to place in the tank.

Filtration: Again looking at the stock 5 Stage Internal Cartridge Filter CF 1, this is 3.3W with 320l/hr (84g/ph) so more than adequate for the tank, also has plenty of space and scope for modifications if they’re required.

Heater: Deltatherm 100W Heater, plenty big enough for the volume of water and adjustable. Comes with a stick on Thermometer, to which I like to add a second Mercury Thermometer.

Dividers: Dabixx Aquarium Fish Tank Isolation Divider Filter Patition Board Net Divider Holder White 30x30cm 1 Set (£3.21 each)x4

So all in all Happy with the above costs and technical specs.

What I am struggling with is who to put where; Kojin needs to stay in his 8 Gallon which leaves me with 6 fish to play with; (sorry no pictures yet other than what is already uploaded on here)
• Ouro (m)– Piebald and Dual Colour CT (Blue and Red)
• Ruby (f): HMPK Blue and Red
• Garnet (f): HMPK Blue/Green and Red
• Opal (f): HMPK White Body, Red Fins (Very Small - I think she needs to come out sooner rather then later - Feeds Separately)
• Morgan(ite) (f): HMPK Red Body, Red Fins
• Lapis (f): HMPK Blue and Purple (Very Small, stress striped - I think she needs to come out sooner rather then later - Feeds Separately)

I am thinking that for my house I will most likely have the following; Left to right
Lapis, Ouro, Opal (Purple and Blue, Piebald Blue and Red, White and Red)

Which means that for my Office Tank I have
Ruby, Morgan, Garnet (Blue and Red, Red and Red, Blue/Green and Red)

How would you arrange these fish in colour combinations?
And some scribbled plans for the build
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Permanant Resisdents

So I went away for the weekend to deal with some family issues. I left Ouro in the capable hand of my Mrs. Who has on occasion made him fat and constipated.

Anyway, the bugger only blow his first bubble nest, a different one for each of the three nights.

I'm home for 2.

0 nests.
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Hi Guys,

Been a long time since I updated this. So I went into my LFS today to pick up some bits and pieces that I am working on, the second that I entered the shop I got pulled to one side and told that the shop has a Betta in stock that they're really worried about. Apparently this fish has come from another store, so in my mind she has been in those little Betta Cups for a long time, hence her issues. One look pretty much confirmed to me that this is Dropsy. I have tried to take a few pictures that show the pine coned nature of her scales but I cannot get a decent enough shot. However she has taken down 2 pre soaked Hikari Betta Bio Pellets. But I am not getting up my hopes.

So I am not going to be naming her beyond my typical "Nemo" if she pulls through (I would be surprised) I will consider giving her a real name.

Currently this girl is in a half full 2 Gallon Bucket (Hospital/Quarantine tank currently has some injured Corycats - Ammonia Burns) heated to 80F with some Epsom Salts to try and draw out the swelling and make her more comfortable. I have also suction cupped a Capatta leaf within the "tank" so she can rest within a few inches of the surface.
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Well since that only posted half of what I wrote I will continue here.....

I was also given this little Elephant Ear, I was told that he has some severe Swim Bladder Issues. I have sectioned off a small corner of my Corycat tank (using Aquarium Glass) , so he has his own filter in the end section of a 55G. Possibly around 3-5 Gallons?
So he has been happily zipping around the place since I added him at lunch, short of being knocked by the current of my filter now and again I cannot see any issues what so ever..... oh well free fish this one.

Finally, my divided tank at home is now complete. I have Ouro and Opal each in there sections. Most likely I will take my newest male rescue home to complete the trinity of Crowntail, Delta Tail and Elephant Ear.
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Been a long time since I updated this. So I went into my LFS today to pick up some bits and pieces that I am working on, the second that I entered the shop I got pulled to one side and told that the shop has a Betta in stock that they're really worried about. Apparently this fish has come from another store, so in my mind she has been in those little Betta Cups for a long time, hence her issues. One look pretty much confirmed to me that this is Dropsy. I have tried to take a few pictures that show the pine coned nature of her scales but I cannot get a decent enough shot. However she has taken down 2 pre soaked Hikari Betta Bio Pellets. But I am not getting up my hopes.

So I am not going to be naming her beyond my typical "Nemo" if she pulls through (I would be surprised) I will consider giving her a real name.

Currently this girl is in a half full 2 Gallon Bucket (Hospital/Quarantine tank currently has some injured Corycats - Ammonia Burns) heated to 80F with some Epsom Salts to try and draw out the swelling and make her more comfortable. I have also suction cupped a Capatta leaf within the "tank" so she can rest within a few inches of the surface.
Sadly this girl didn't make it through the night. :(

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Sadly this girl didn't make it through the night. :(
I’m sorry. Poor little love.

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