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A few more

Some of Gunny my elephant ear in his digs. not as heavily planted.

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And Harry in his 5.5 gal

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post #12 of 89 (permalink) Old 12-20-2018, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous

They give such pleasure, donít they?

70litre tank: (Kham) mature setup; betta, purple rasboras, amano and wood shrimp. Heavily planted.
22litre cube tank: (Tagawa); betta, 2 amano, yellow dwarf shrimp. Heavily planted.
57litre cube tank: (No Name); betta, ember tetras, 2 amano, 1 nerite, 1 assassin, doing his thing. Heavily planted.
200litre tank; honey gourami, cherry barbs, green neons, kuhli loaches, otocinclus, nerites, pond snails, amano. Heavily planted.
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Pleasure and love

They do give a lot of pleasure. But the best pleasure is knowing you do your best to make the tank and all in it, the best home you can. When the water quality and health of the tank show in the care you take all the work, and love you put into the final result. knowing this tank has been up now for some 4 years with no loss of fish, and plants that just keep on growing, the satisfaction I get just watching these guys is so great. I found some pictures of my 29 gallon but have not gotten to find any of my 75.

29 gallon community tank. Know that these are pictures taken right after the tank went up 4 years ago the plants have tripled in size and coverage.

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Fab pics
I sooooo covet a bigger tank.
I was standing in my LFS today, while they had a mini crisis. Apparently the next store over (25 miles away) had discovered a leak in one of their huge marine tanks and my home store were sending over one of their spare tank to try and save the occupants.

It was 6 feet x 2 x 2. All staff were dealing with the crisis, and all customers were being ignored, while the staff carried the thing out to the transport van.

Good set of priorities!

Hope it all goes OK.

70litre tank: (Kham) mature setup; betta, purple rasboras, amano and wood shrimp. Heavily planted.
22litre cube tank: (Tagawa); betta, 2 amano, yellow dwarf shrimp. Heavily planted.
57litre cube tank: (No Name); betta, ember tetras, 2 amano, 1 nerite, 1 assassin, doing his thing. Heavily planted.
200litre tank; honey gourami, cherry barbs, green neons, kuhli loaches, otocinclus, nerites, pond snails, amano. Heavily planted.
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Diatom bloom is improving! yay!

3 days of darkness, and the black blobs seem to be lifting off the plant leaves by themselves. The snail is still busy on the glass, and hasn't trekked across the carpet plants to find the middle of the tank.

There are still dots of brown algae/diatoms on the fake tree root, where the light hits it. But I have decided not to worrit about them. Everything I read says that a diatom bloom is usual towards the end of cycling a new tank, and it will clear by itself in a few weeks. In the meantime, I want the snail to have something to eat.

I have also added some small indian almond (catappa) leaves to both tanks. Bought normal sized ones (which turn out to be 8 inches long) and small ones, which are around 1-2 inches long. have put half a big one in the 15 gallon, and 3 little ones in the 5g, and will see what they do, adjusting accordingly.

70litre tank: (Kham) mature setup; betta, purple rasboras, amano and wood shrimp. Heavily planted.
22litre cube tank: (Tagawa); betta, 2 amano, yellow dwarf shrimp. Heavily planted.
57litre cube tank: (No Name); betta, ember tetras, 2 amano, 1 nerite, 1 assassin, doing his thing. Heavily planted.
200litre tank; honey gourami, cherry barbs, green neons, kuhli loaches, otocinclus, nerites, pond snails, amano. Heavily planted.
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In other news, I have not been able to resist having a look around for a future ruler of the 5g.
Premature, I know, since cycling is ongoing, and probably will be for a couple of weeks.
But I have seen these beauties, and fallen in love with all of them.
Unfortunately, I expect they will all be sold long before I am ready to buy.

However, as a newcomer to betta I am curious to know how much their colour is likely to change over time.
My current betta, Tagawa, was a pale irridescent aqua green and blood red, when I bought him. Over the next month, he has slowly deepened to a peacock blue-green and much brighter red.

Are the following youngsters likely to darken/alter/change as they grow up more. I know that old bettas go duller and browner, but the yellow one, for instance - is he likely to dull down to brown before he hits old age?
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70litre tank: (Kham) mature setup; betta, purple rasboras, amano and wood shrimp. Heavily planted.
22litre cube tank: (Tagawa); betta, 2 amano, yellow dwarf shrimp. Heavily planted.
57litre cube tank: (No Name); betta, ember tetras, 2 amano, 1 nerite, 1 assassin, doing his thing. Heavily planted.
200litre tank; honey gourami, cherry barbs, green neons, kuhli loaches, otocinclus, nerites, pond snails, amano. Heavily planted.
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Their colors will most likely brighten and intensify. The only time they actually change color is when they have what's commonly referred to as the marble gene, although I have had one who's blue wash faded leaving only the red under color but that happened right before he passed away from an illness I could not cure.
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The right food

I find the more comfort They find in their home the more vibrant their colors come out. I have also found the food they eat is also a color enhancement. I have fed Omega One betta buffet to all my guys for years. This food has everything a betta needs, and more it does contain color enhancement and their colors don't really change but they get brighter and are enhanced by the food. It comes in pellet and flakes. I feed flakes to my guys and like I said I have for years. Ben was a PetSmart Black Orchard and his colors when I bought him did look like a Black Orchard, After a few weeks with the Omega One his colors have come out and his black has turned to a very vibrant blue green and the tail tips have come out with more white with the inner part a very dark blue black. I know Harry was a blur double tail when I got him and since being fed Omega One his blue has gotten darker and there are reds and greens that have popped out. Gunny's Gray body has gotten some what darker and his white fins just make him stand out. Omega One Betta Buffet is an all natural food made just for betta it is a complete diet. I have been feeding Omega one foods to all my fish and colors have really popped,
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In other news, I have not been able to resist having a look around for a future ruler of the 5g.
Premature, I know, since cycling is ongoing, and probably will be for a couple of weeks.
But I have seen these beauties, and fallen in love with all of them.
Unfortunately, I expect they will all be sold long before I am ready to buy.

However, as a newcomer to betta I am curious to know how much their colour is likely to change over time.
My current betta, Tagawa, was a pale irridescent aqua green and blood red, when I bought him. Over the next month, he has slowly deepened to a peacock blue-green and much brighter red.

Are the following youngsters likely to darken/alter/change as they grow up more. I know that old bettas go duller and browner, but the yellow one, for instance - is he likely to dull down to brown before he hits old age?
In time I think all the colors will darken and enhance but again when they settle in and their comfort level settles them down, It's a good bet each one of those choices will stand out. By the way I'm very partial to the Elephant Ear Those colors are so beautiful.
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I completely forgot, but high Nitrates also feed algae. Maybe not in this case but something good to file away.

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