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Today 11:09 AM
Caelth I finally managed to keep some aquatic plants alive! The Amazon swords and Alternanthera are doing really well in my 10 gallon with Fawkes. I'm looking into adding some live plants into Salem's tank since I've had good success so far. I was dosing with Excel for a while due to the exposed roots but the algae in my aquarium began to bloom like crazy. Since giving the tank a thorough clean [ or as clean as you can get a tank without ruining the cycle] it has seemed to die back. I do have to rinse the plants once a month as the algae has begun to grow on it but now there's barely any signs of it at all.

Salem's tank is beginning to fill out again. I just hope to see it mostly healed before the semester starts up again. He's pretty good if I put him in a blacked out container for travel and get him into the tank right away so I'm not too worried.

Perry's tail is beginning to heal. His thermostat broke in the process of cleaning out his old tank so I'm off to get a new one today.

I also have a quarantine tank cycling as I'm heading to my LPS today to pick up a new thermostat. However, I may get some more live plants to fill out the rest of Fawkes' tank and maybe one for Salem's. The LPS has one large garden tank with some community fish so they'll have to quaratine for a while before I can add them in. I also am looking into getting a shoal of corys for Fawkes' tank or a school of tetras depending on how good they looking and the pricing.


But that's about it. Updated images of the tank have been attached. They look a little empty due to the algae bloom but oh well.
06-26-2019 10:02 AM
Caelth The frogbit has offically died off. I think I made a packaging mistake during my travels so Salem is without live plants at the moment. I have a plant I'm growing in Fawkes' tank I might break up to add to his tank in the near future. Both boys are doing great. I am working on diatom control at the moment. I'm generally a neat person so it's hard not to go over board on the cleaning on their tanks so they're spotless again. I'm considering getting a pleco for Fawkes' tank and a snail for Salem's tank as well as turning Fawkes' 10 gallon into a community tank for additional help.

There's not too much to update.
05-10-2019 07:56 AM
blubird101 Good to see they all did well!
05-09-2019 04:16 PM
Caelth We're finally home for the summer! Both boys did well in the car with no noticeable tail biting. Since this is permanent for a few months and I have the space, both bettas have their own tanks. Salem is in the original 5.5 gallon and Fawkes in is his own 10 gallon grow out tank. Either today or tomorrow I'm going to have to go to my LPS to get some substrate, a hood, and some plants for Fawkes' tank. Thankfully, Fawkes is a really chill fish and is content enough to already have a large bubble nest right up against the front panel.

I'm debating whether or not to get Fawkes set up in a community tank. Next year I will have my own space and will be bringing the 5.5 and likely 10 gallon with me. I'm more concerned about winter break where the fish will have to come home with me. I'll likely buy another 5.5 and just divide that and put any extra community fish into Salem's old 2.5 gallon.

That is if I go through with it. I don't have space in my car to lug both tank sets ups back and forth at will.

Since the drive is so long and both were in a new environment, I was very concerned with Salem destroying his fins. However, since plopping him into his new tank all he has been doing is zipping around. (despite his usual lack of cover too!). It's not the most natural looking tank but I'm hoping to improve that since the frogbit has been surviving.
04-15-2019 01:38 PM
Caelth Aw, thanks you both! They're my handsome, angry babies. Fawkes' tail has continued to separate at the ends into that pattern even more so in the last 1.5 weeks. I've also speculated that he is a delta x crowntail cross since his dorsal and anal fins and separated to look more like a crowntail. Regardless I am in LOVE with him, I was expected a veiltail when I got him back in November and this is quite the happy surprise.
04-01-2019 03:43 PM
grumpyfish If I had to guess, I would say he's the result of Delta tail x crowntail breeding, but who knows. He's a little cutie! And I love Salem, he's gorgeous, tail biting and all...
04-01-2019 02:05 PM
blubird101 Aww he's gotten so big! Yeah, I'm not sure exactly what tail type that is, its interesting.
04-01-2019 12:34 PM
Caelth Yea, I'd love to move to all live plants next year. I'll likely be bringing my 10 gallon instead so each boy has some more space or just get a third betta. I've been considering getting a goldfish again since I have a 20 gallon long just laying around but we'll see what my time table looks like.

Salem's tail is healing nicely since he demolished it over winter break. He has some blood spots from where he bit at them over the weekend but his water just got changed. Fawkes is almost, if not, full grown by now. It's strange to think it's been almost half a year since I've had these two boys. Based on how Fawkes has grown I am assuming he's some sort of combtail. His tail type isn't consistent across his fins but there's no signs of fin rot or tail biting from him and his activity levels are normal. Fawkes loves to attack my finger and swimming into his filter (which is terrifying) but all is well and good in this dorm room.

Updated images are below. I'd suggest you go back to my first post to see how much Fawkes has changed over these last 5 months.
03-25-2019 12:21 PM
blubird101 I'm glad everyone survived the trips! I'm always an advocate for live plants, I don't have to worry about sharp edges and they're also fun to watch grow over time like your betta :) We'd all love to see some pics of everyone when you get settled!

Could be crowntail, but he could also be a comb tail too, as those aren't as drastic as a crown tail haha.
03-25-2019 12:11 PM
Caelth Break is over and both boys survived the car rides to and from my family home. The plants stayed behind in the dorm without a filter or heater which was a bit worrisome since the location of my tank does not receive much sunlight. Thankfully, the die off was minimal if not non-existent. Lately, I've experienced a few issues which diatoms coating my silk plants but I just left them sitting out of the tank for the week as the bettas wouldn't be missing them. (They were well rinsed before being added back). I'm thinking about moving towards adding more live plants to my tank next semester since I will be in an apartment but we will have to see. I will lively leave the 5.5 gallon at home for breaks with the divider and bring my 10 gallon and 2.5 gallon to my apartment so they can have separate tanks. Perhaps, I'll get another divider for the 10 instead.

Salem's tail is continuing to heal but the car ride was obviously stressful for him. I wish there was a better way to transport bettas without shipping them. Next year might be better since I'll be out of the dorms but for right now both are stuck in the car with me. Fawkes is continuing to grow as well. His tail is done growing for the most part and looks a bit spikey? My guess is he's got a bit of crowntail in him since he shows no signs of bitting or fin rot.
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