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Thank you! I think he thinks so too :lol: He's definitely out more so I don't feel like I've lost him because he was hiding. I thought he jumped the first time he hid!
 

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Part 2!
So of course you guys have seen Oscar's new setup. so here are the rest! (with one more of Oscar and Dangerous thrown in)
So I did Angel's and got everything neatly set in the tank (as the layout was looking rather sloppy) and this is how it turned out:
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I was only go to do a 50% for Eclipse yesterday to not stress him, but seeing he wasn't feeling good or looking good, I decided it was best to just clean and scrub the tank with hot water just in case (I also had a new plant I wanted to add). When I got the decor out and before I cupped him, I noticed a weird oily smelly film at the top of the water, I quickly got him out and into his cup with clean treated water and he perked right up. I added new gravel because I think that's what was causing the film. I had some dark blue gravel hanging around from when I mixed Dangerous' gravel up, and added some light blue, white and dark blue gravel that I have plenty of, and lowered the amount I put in. I got him back in his tank and he seemed perfectly normal, his bloating went down, and he regained his color.
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Not much changed with Chili, tank wise. Just a deep cleaning to rid the tank of Bettafix. He has more regrowth thanks to it so knocking on wood he doesn't nip.
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Here's the extra one of Oscar:
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And a cute one of Dangerous laying in his coral shell thing:
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So the shell I had in Dangerous' tank made the water cloudy I did a 100% wc yesterday to get rid of it and redo everything, I had one plant in the tank that tore his fins up so when we went out today we went by Pet Smart (saw 3 little VTs that I wanted ;-) will tell more in the The Ones That Got Away thread) and picked up 2 plants. His favorite purple plant decided to come apart so I bought a new one, along with a really nice plastic plant, no sharp edges!
Here he is showing off his new digs!
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We also stopped by a local feed store that carries fish supplies (API Master Test Kit for $26 anyone?!) to grab some more Stress coat and maybe Seachem Prime (need to ask how much to use for each of my tanks) but they didn't have any. Stress coat that it. Oh well, I'm not hurting bad for it. But I did find this:
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It hardly fit though, so I had to place it sideways. Hopefully it's OK for a 5 gal. tank?
I got to flare Oscar and snapped 2 good pictures! I even tried Eclipse, but he seems more like Dangerous, he half-flared but then lost all interest.
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Isn't he gorgeous?! Could anyone tell me what his color type might be? Lilnaugrim?
 
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It hardly fit though, so I had to place it sideways. Hopefully it's OK for a 5 gal. tank?
It will be fine if not cumbersome. The good thing about the Jagers is you can calibrate them. Just keep and eye on it for a bit after you acclimate it and plug it in. I got a Jager that wouldn't shut off last winter. I switched all my heaters to the Aqueon Pro's which I find very reliable and accurate.

And Oscar is perfect!
 

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I'll definitely be watching it. So far it seems to be doing fine. If it doesn't work then I'll do the Aqueon one. Are they a bit smaller? I have been using an Aqueon preset and it seemed to be doing OK, but I wanted the temp to be warmer.

Haha thanks! He has such a gorgeous flare!
 

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Yes, they are much smaller and much more compact. I think the Aqueon Pro's start at 50 watts which might be overkill in a 5 gallon tank in a warm place like Texas. A 25 watt Theo hydor is compact and a lot of people on the forum like them. You could look into one of those if you aren't happy with the Eheim.

It's a good idea in general to have an adjustable heater. You never know when you will need to boost the temperature to treat a disease which isn't possible with a non-adjustable model.
 

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It probably is. I completely forgot to plug my heater back in yesterday when I cleaned his tank and the temp. stayed at 78 all day! Didn't drop a bit! :shock: The temps. here have been crazy hot and muggy, and my room staying quite warm probably is why it didn't drop. I'll look at the Theo Hydor when we go to PetCo. if they carry them? That might be a bit better. You live and learn with these things, at least I have a nice spare heater.

That's been something I've been keeping in mind while looking at adjustable ones, I know it helps heal torn and tattered fins, Dangerous' have a split in them that I hope heals quickly.
 

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I'm not sure if Petco carries the Hydor. You can find it easy enough on Amazon or Foster & Smith.

If it's a clean split it will heal fast provided he has warm, clean water. A source of tannin will help too, IAL or rooibos tea.

I've had clean splits heal overnight, no exaggeration.
 

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OK, I'll still look. If it's not there I'll check out Amazon. Is Foster & Smith a store?

Yep, he has clean warm water. I've been meaning to look at an IAL, especially for Angel and Chili, it might help with regrowth. Er, at least on Chili as Angel always nips his off. -.-

Really?! wow! I've had pin holes heal overnight.
 

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OHH I've seen that one! I had the page pulled up for a while but never did buy it! Thanks for the link again! Great price too, I will get it Friday when I have the money. YES!
 

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Stunning, and I glad that you have a hand up on depression. I have a close friend who battles it every day so from an outsiders view, I sort of know what you went/ are going through.

As for your fish, The are stunning!!!
 

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Thank you!! Yes, It was awful, but there is always hope. That's key. Thinking of your friend. <3

I am simply devastated. We left home to go out for dinner and Dangerous ate well and was happy, I blew him and my other boys some kisses and when we came home, this is what I find, there's more damage than what this picture shows.
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UGH I've been crying so hard and I don't even know why. He's never shown a hint of nipping and he has NEVER had a problem with this. He's been acting a little funny here lately though. But IDK. He's had this odd twitch and not really been acting like himself. SIGH, I'm so hurt.
I ended up putting his old heater back in to see if that's what it was.
 

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So I'm still not 100% sure what Dangerous has, I'm just treating him with clean water, as it was cloudy, I think a plant caused that, so I removed it. It's just so strange how this kind of thing has happened before but he never chewed up his fins. He is not a biter, I know that. It's so confusing. I did end up putting his new heater back in to keep the water warm and doubble dosed the Stress Coat. Hopefully it'll help. His water is crystal clear and has nothing new except one plant, but it's just a larger version of something that's already been in there. I did end up getting him a tankmate, Meet Fred the Moss Ball! :-D
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In a more positive light, I did get to grab me a 5.5 gal. tank and some craft mesh and divide it for Angel and Chili. I did the whole thing by myself and was completely exhausted! But it turned out nice, and they seem to be getting used to each other. I'll be getting me an API Master Test Kit so I can learn to cycle. Probably not here very soon as I don't have the money now. I'll also get a gravel vac and see if I can learn to use it. Anyway here it is!
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Eclipse is due for a 50% wc today, but I'm going to wait a little while so I can rest.
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I caught Oscar in a tizzy, I'm not too sure why he was flaring. I had shown Dangerous to him while he was in his cup but Oscar had since calmed down.
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Dangerous is happy and back to his loving wiggly self! It was definitely that stupid plant!
Since I had an extra piece of craft mesh look at what I made for Eclipse, Dangerous, and Chili (pics of Chili's tomorrow)
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Dangerous LOVES photo bombing! XD
 

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I love your fish!!! Subbing!
Is Angel an EE?
Just because I'm curious what size tank are they all in? They look so big!
 

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Thank you!!
Yes he is. He's an EEHM. :)
Let's see, Dangerous has his own 5 gallon, Angel and Chili share a 5.5 gallon because they like smaller spaces, Eclipse has his own 1.7 hex tank as he likes smaller tanks as well, and Oscar has his own 5.5 gallon. :-D
 

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Poor baby. You said it was the plant? Maybe he doesn't like his tank rearranged. Hope he heals quickly!
 

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Yeah, it was the plant. It was plastic and leaching something into the water that was making him sick. He is very happy now! And I think I'm seeing regrowth!
Here's some of the boys! I can't seem to get Angel because he's always hiding or moving, and the lighting is a little dark. Hopefully I'll be able to get some of him soon. I'm really pleased with Chili's picture! It's the clearest one of him I have!
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I've enjoyed reading your posts and seeing your photos. Thanks for sharing! I'm new to bettas too (I have two) and I'm finding these forums very helpful. Your betta family is gorgeous!
 
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