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Hey all, so I figured why not just start a journal since someone *coughmarcoughcough* has been bugging me for one ;-)

And I just needed a place to dump the one thousand and four photos I take of my fish in a day! Haha, so this will be a log about everyone except for my babies which have their own journal set up and running ;-) but occasionally I throw in a picture here and there of everyone!

So as of today, this journal is officially working and started up! woohoooooo!

Ugg oh yeah and I'll probably complain about this horrible summer weather we're having! "Who said it was alright for Summer to come in?" it's a whooping 96 degree's today although it's cooling off now and the humidity is still up at 65%! What even is that! Tomorrow we're getting to 70%! Lol almost typed 700 there, mind as well be 700% though! It definitely feels like it!! Ug!!!!

Next post will be a dump of pictures ;-) stay tuned!
 

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lmao thanks for that discreet mention lololol

Yayaayaya! Finally get to see all your pretty bettas! CoughcoughJarviscough.
Can't wait to see the pics!
 

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Okay, Picture time!!!!!

Here's the lovely Emma Frost doing things that Emma Frost likes to do....yep


I say she and her two sisters (Jewel and Lady Deathstrike) were bred very well except for the spotty Dragon Scaling.


Mystique being blurry, Jewel and Maddie in the back.


This is back when Lady and the still Unnamed AB girl were not yet in the tank but they are both in the tank now and doing well. Although the Unnamed AB girl has been fighting with Mystique for Alpha but Mystique is still holding strong.


Picture of the whole tank about a week ago before I re-scaped it


Aurora


Jewel


Oh a terrible trio!! Mystique, Phoenix and Cherry!


Finally named Lady Deathstrike after three weeks ^_^ Lady for short since she's certainly become a Lady now. She and her sisters apparently have settled their vendetta and get along just fine! I'm glad my time out session worked with her!


Jewel was interested in her sister Lady. Pineapple being a ninja.


And still the unnamed beautiful AB girl. She's doing so well now although still picking with Mystique but that's fine, no one is seriously hurt!


Here's how the tank looks now, took off some of the teenage water sprite plants and planted them at the edges, moved some of the crypts around and moved the Rotala to the back right corner. Also moved the piece of driftwood with the giant java fern on it from the back right corner to just below the filter intake in the back. You can see the leaves peaking out behind the sword and the water sprite. Lol that time when you forget you have a third Amazon Sword in the back XD


The first thing I love about this photo is the unnamed girl's tail can be seen very nicely and her spread, she's not flaring but it's darn close! And then if you look in the middle you see Little Blue and Maddie staring at you haha, I cracked up at that! Then Stardust, Lady and Jewel in the back.


Another terrible trio! With a side kick hiding in the back (Maddie) lol Lady, Unnamed and Little Blue.


Cherry and Unnamed


Shows off Cherry's color very well.


And even better!! This is what she looks like in real life ;-)


Emma and Unnamed
 

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Your ab girl is gorgeous.... Wow. Beautiful fins. I love Emma too!!!
And your tank is amazing, how many gallons?
 

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And now for some Boys!

Here's Jarvis's full tank shot:


And the 10 gallon split 3 times, from left to right; Ditto, Aero and Mercury although Ditto was in QT at that time for fin rot which he's managed to get away from so he's back now recuperating his fins since I got a new boy!
I know it doesn't look like much but I finally got a piece of driftwood in there so this picture isn't up to day, but with the tannins and the piece it will soften the water making my plants grow much better after!


And it seemed the Full Super Moon effected my boys as well! They immediately began bubble nest building, even the ones who normally don't do one!
Here's Ditto's:


And Rembrandt's! Jarvis made one too but I didn't get a picture of it.


And Aero's nest! His first one! Small, but cute and there ;-)


And Aero being cute, so I think he's going to marble to a proper Green Betta! He's starting to get this green stripe down his right side which you can kind of see here but it was much more prominent today! I thought it might have been algae at first but it's a perfectly straight line so I cannot think that it'd been anything other than him changing colors. Also in his tail the middle of it is becoming a little more clear and the edges are becoming very solid like a clean butterfly! Hopefully he does marble, I think it would be really neat to track his progress!


Also his anal fin is becoming green as well and it's not laying on top of the fin, it's the literal pigmentation of his fin. He's also filling in his mask, losing the "arrows" he'd been partly named after haha.


And for this next image you're probably going to be like "WTF??" So I have to give a little back story.

Okay so Jarvis, he's my DT Rosetail boy who has beautiful colors but unfortunately he's got some bowel movement issues. So I've usually kept him in a therapeutic dosage of Epsom salt to help his bowels move but it never really seemed to help. So I aborted it and when I did my water change, it was just fresh clean water. So in the two months that I've had him, he's pooped all of twice, so you think this is really weird! Well he actually excretes a lot of his waste out through his gills so I think he's just had a problem with literally not being able to push the poop out his "bum" so I decided Sunday that I should give him more than just the 2-3 pellets of NLS that I normally give and I dared to give him 5. WELL LOOK WHAT HAPPENED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HE POOPED!!!!!!!!!!!! It's HUGE too! Oh my gosh, i can't tell you how excited I was over this!!!! So here, Have a lovely poop picture haha!


And apparently I have a soft spot for Betta's with this type of coloring; close to wild type but with more red on their fins. This boy was at Petsense, he'd been there for about 3-4 weeks so I had to take him home. In that time he lost that middle section to his anal and has really bad fin rot at the edges of his tail so he's currently in some salty water.

Funny story, I was acclimating him to the warmth (because they had the a/c on and the Betta's aren't heated of course so their cups were at a lovely 58 degree's) and of course to the salt and I went to pour more water in and he jumped out into the tank >.< so I was like "Fine, you did that to yourself, you can stay there!" and he was perfectly fine so I'm not going to worry about him too much ;-) But here he is!


And for reference here is my 33 way back in February! There was practically nothing in it! lol
 

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Your ab girl is gorgeous.... Wow. Beautiful fins. I love Emma too!!!
And your tank is amazing, how many gallons?
Thank you! The sorority is 33 gallons, it's a flat back hexagon ;-)
 

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And because my cat was being silly. MC (named Mischievous Cat) likes to drink out of the buckets when I do water changes so I guess it's just Fish flavored haha. But I found out why he did this though:



He got his entire front paws wet just to take a drink because someone (my stinky old grandfather) threw a piece of leftover BACON INTO THE CAT WATER DISH! Grrrrr, this is partly why I don't like him and I have other legitimate reasons but he's got no respect whatsoever. So he tries to feed the cats like dogs and they never eat it and he keeps throwing it in the water bowl obviously not seeing there's water in there. So I don't blame MC for drinking the fish water and getting his paws soaked. But it was too adorable not to take a picture of and I didn't have my camera so crappy cell pics will have to do.

Here's another, he's just so cute ^_^
 

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Awwwwww.
Your plants are amazing! Is that water sprite at the top of your sorority?
LOL Jarvis poop pictures, they're going to be a hit.

All your males are so adorable <3

And now that I look at it, Jarvis and Athena look alike! They're both DTs and have the same colouration. So cute.
 

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Thanks Mar! Yeah I'm sure poop pictures will be a hit, totally going to take a picture whenever he poops just to log it in XD

That's not even all my males, not pictured fully is Mercury, Rembrandt and Ditto then the two baby boys.

And yes that's my 3 foot long Mother Water Sprite plant there!
Here it is, and those scissors are adult scissors there:
 

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Holy crap that's huge. Wow. I want one like that one day lmao. How big was it when you first got it?
 

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It was about a foot and a half when I bought it from my LFS for 7.99 lol so yeah, I'm very pleased with that purchase!!
 

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My cat drinks from the water change buckets too! And I know he has access to two clean water bowls upstairs... maybe they do like the fishy water taste? lol
 

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My cat drinks from the water change buckets too! And I know he has access to two clean water bowls upstairs... maybe they do like the fishy water taste? lol
My cat tries to get into the tanks! When I take the lid off to feed them/water change, she'll jump up, push me aside, and try to get a couple licks. They like the smell/taste of fish water I guess
 

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Lol I guess so! That's too funny! Yeah I don't blame MC for wanting to drink the fish water when my grandfather threw that bacon into the water and it rotted, ugg it smelled horrible! He just see's "Oh bowl" bowl must mean throw old food into it! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

On another note! Jarvis has fin rot >.> I was comparing picture of him from when I first got him and now...sigh, yep my fears were true. So after the new boy get's his treatment done, Jarvis will be the next one to go in although I'm worried about his constipation issues and if they are still present, the AQ salt won't help him at all :/ Can't do it in his tank because it's planted. Here's a comparison:

Before:


After:



Yay, FIN ROT ERWHRERE! lol Ditto just got over it, new boy has it and Jarvis has had it all along, I should have treated it when I got him, I should know better at this point! In any case, I wonder what length his tail is normally!
 

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Nooo Jarvis!!
What're you gonna use/do to heal the finrot?

Also, no offence, but your grandfather should know better!
 

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My grandfather is a dimwit and I have no respect left for him whatsoever. He's a nasty, dirty old man that I want to throw out on the streets. Yes, we're living rent free with him (we do buy all the food though and he eats insanely) but he should have respect for others living in the house and not be half naked in the darn living room doin a nasty with himself with a dude on skype chat! Sorry for the visual but that's what I come home to half the time and I'm damn stick of it and I know this isn't the place to be saying this stuff because it is crud and this is a family site but I HAD to say something, it just kind of bubbles all up at some points >< >< >< ><

Anyway, he's half blind (well he is 75), can barely walk, sits on the computer all day long or in his chair, he was just complaining that we had the a/c on with the front door open.....well if you just close the darn door there wouldn't be a problem! Oh sorry, I forgot that you have nearly no veins left in your body to keep you warm but we're freaking pouring and dripping sweat over here! My fish tanks were all at 86 today! I dread to think of what they will get to when we reach into the 100's with 100% humidity. We're hitting 94% humidity right now. Ug, why do I live here?!

Anyway....I'll be using 2 tsp of AQ salt per gallon for Jarvis since it is a more advanced stage of fin rot at this point, I'll start off with 1 tsp/gal for the first 3 days, then up it to 1.5 and then 2, then keep it like that for a week then lower it again to 0 to make a full 14 day run with it. He should be fine at that point, if he needs more I'll give him 4 days rest and start again, shouldn't be too bad with 100% water changes a day. And then continue using Stress Coat to heal the fins out as well.
 

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Sounds like a good plan for Jarvis.

And I know exactly how you feel. Sometimes you gotta just live with that certain relative until you can go off on your own. Don't worry it's only temporary!
 

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We've been here since '07 :/ my dad's been looking for houses but he's not financially set at all. I ask maybe once every other month if that if we can go out to dinner or if he can loan me 20 bucks for gas and he's always like "I don't have any money, I'm broke," and I'm just like...it's Friday, you were just paid, how do you not have money!?!!? He's terrible at saving it yet so am I, great I've those side of the family's genes >< ugggg anyway, I don't foresee us moving anytime soon :/

And yeah I hope Jarvis responds well to the salt :)
 

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I am terrible at saving money LOL. So is my dad. But he has quite a good job so I guess he can afford to spend it on every single little things (trailers, saunas, stupid things we never use)
Kinda does make me mad, since the money could be going towards better things, but who am I to say how he spends the money he works for? :/

Hopefully things will improve soon! Living in that place for 6 years must've been really crappy!
And if you lived here I'd definitely take you out to dinner ! :)
 
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