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Caelth 01-23-2019 07:39 PM

The water in my building contains around 1.0 ppm Ammonia. I've been adding drops of Prime regularly to combat this. So far, my readings are coming back good with no concerning results but I am limited to the strip testers. I should be fine but I'm just worried about Salem's tail getting infected from his latest string of tail biting. It has begun to heal nicely but I'd rather not give any living creature in my care ammonia burns.

Otherwise, I might try to move to a planted tank for my boys once my check comes in. I have some leftover Flourish Tablets from the last time I tried to have a planted tank but they wilted right away. I just need some extra help with the removal of nitrates and what not since my building's water isn't the cleanest for fish. I was thinking some sort of anubis or swords along with a few more marino balls.

Caelth 02-01-2019 01:08 AM

I ended up buying some stress coat + the other day to help Salem's fins heal as they don't seem to be getting better. Fawkes is doing fine so I'm not concerned about fin rot in the tank. I did some more research into planted aquariums but my main concern is moving over the summer and back again after the break.

However, desire weighted out in the end. I have an order for amazon frogbit and some water wisteria coming in. I also ordered some Flourish to aid in their care since they will both be floating (to a degree) in the water. Unfortunately, the shipment might be a bit later than I would hope. Regardless, I have a spare bucket I can use to quarantine the plants for a week to check for any stowaways. I just hope that a few days will be enough since I can't leave a bucket full of tank water just sitting in my dorm for my suitemates to enjoy while I'm gone.

Caelth 02-05-2019 05:49 PM

The amazon frogbit finally came in. Surprisingly, the plants look quite healthy with only a few lost roots. Since they were shipped in a baggy with a wet paper, I'm not too worried about pest snails and other stowaways. They are sitting in a heated bucket overnight before I add them. Just to make sure there are no immediate problems. Ideally, I'd let them sit for a week but my roommate isn't too keen on the idea. (I'm also worried I'm going to bump the bucket and spill it everywhere.) The reviews for the company I purchased them from didn't have any reports of pest snails and other complications after adding the frogbit to the tanks. I also received the Flourish and added a bit to the quarantine bucket as well as water conditioner. They will likely go in by Wednesday night since I can't leave them sitting around in the open. It's a shared room and the chances of damaging the plants accidentally are relatively high.

blubird101 02-06-2019 10:24 AM

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I got my baby around the same time as yours, its so fun to watch them grow and how much they change over time! Mine was more red with a little blue and now it seems the red is becoming less and less pronounced (which I'm a little sad about...haha) I think mine is also a veiltail, so it will be fun to see how they both grow and what they turn into!

Mine also has a small white "egg spot" looking thing, but I'm pretty confident he's a boy. (usually females have shorter ventrails and shorter fins, so I think yours is a boy too!)

Good luck with the plants! I've specifically been buying tissue cultured plants to avoid mystery snails haha.

blubird101 02-20-2019 09:50 AM

How are your bettas doing? :)

Caelth 02-21-2019 08:22 PM

He's very handsome, Blu!

My boys are good. Salem loves his new plants, he often chills underneath them when I am adding extra fertilizer or prime. The plants are doing well, I had a higher initial die off than expected due to water dripping from the lid. Otherwise, both bettas have built bubble nests around them.

Fawkes, I discovered, is only able to flare fully on his right side. Since I've had him, I've seen him flare but I don't think I've ever seen both. There is no swelling or obvious damage to the area. He is just as active and the water parameters are clean.

Rames27 02-21-2019 08:57 PM

My half moon betta is staying on one side of his tank and swimming back and forth. he'll also punch the glass with his nose. Whenever I put a mirror up to the tank (once every few days) He looks at it for a second then keeps swimming back and forth. when I come in the room he will swim to the surface and check me out, but he's mostly just in the corner.


Other than that he seems pretty happy. I got him on the 16th for my birthday... he is in a 5 gallon tank with a filter and that water temp is at 76 right now. He looks fine and his colors arent muted or anything like that


have any ideas?? thanks!!

Caelth 02-21-2019 09:55 PM

Hi, this is a journal for me to track my personal progress. You can start your own journal as well otherwise general betta care questions go under the betta care forum.

However, he sounds fine to me. Some bettas just don't care for mirrors or are less aggressive/territorial than others. For example, Salem and Fawkes are quick to flare while my friend's bettas Norbert and Drogon don't care for their mirror time. I'd say just make sure that you keep the water cycled and the heater on.

Congrats on the new betta!

grumpyfish 02-22-2019 04:57 PM

Based on the finnage in the updated picture of Fawkes, I'd definitely say he's a male. None of the female bettas I've ever owned have had fins that long, especially the dorsal fin. It's most likely a fake egg spot. Others feel free to correct me if i'm wrong.

Caelth 03-04-2019 12:10 PM

That's what I've come to realize as his tail has only continued to grow.

Fawkes has begun to open his other side to flare so I'm assuming he's just a lazy little boy. Both of my bettas are enjoying their amazon frogbit from sleeping among the the roots or hiding their nests under the leaves. Salem's tail remains torn up but there's no sign of infection in his fins.

I finally saved enough to upgrade their filter to one for a 10 gallon quietflow. The 3 gallon was perfect for Salem alone in a 5 gallon but with two fish in a divided tank and one with a habit of bitting, I assumed it best to get a more powerful filter than risk the onset of infection.


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