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Yeah, the hormone thing usually isn't too much of an issue but that could be part of what happened with you guys. I thought the same previously as well and then I started just plopping them in and they were much better and healthier after I did that. I can't say it's 100% success rate but it's sure as heck works for me. Can't remember exactly where I learned it from, I think it was from George but I can't say for sure.
 

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Yeah, the hormone thing usually isn't too much of an issue but that could be part of what happened with you guys. I thought the same previously as well and then I started just plopping them in and they were much better and healthier after I did that. I can't say it's 100% success rate but it's sure as heck works for me. Can't remember exactly where I learned it from, I think it was from George but I can't say for sure.
Hmm, maybe will try that in the future. Don't think we will be getting any more cories. These albinos were unexpected, but we already have a nice breeding colony of emeralds. :)
 

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Gosh, I love black bettas, but taking pictures of them can be a pain in the butt!

Probably my favorite picture of him so far. Excuse the smudge on the tank glass. :lol:

 

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One of the nerites died a couple of days ago. Not really unexpected because it never moved more than a few centimeters from where I placed it in the tank. The other one is still alive and moves around (never see it, just that is changes positions), but I only ever see it partially/completely out of the water (often sticking to the rim of the tank or the lid). I assume it must be moving around at night after the lights go out or during the hours I am at school, but it's kind of odd to me that it hangs out of the water so much. Is this normal behavior?

I named the two new guys Quentin (marble DTPK) and Kaveh (black DTHM). The two koi males are still unnamed. :roll: They are all really starting to be more comfortable and not as shy. Artemisia is great. She never had any fear though.

Pictures are out of order. Tanks are full of algae. I need to do more maintenance this weekend.



























 

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Omg the dorsal fin on that new dthm *drools*!
Also woot for mts promoting gf bringing car full of tanks ^^
Thank you, thank you. :-D I am a sucker for those broad, sailfin dorsals. *drools also* :lol:


That reminds me I need to tell the gf to bring a couple of those tanks to my apartment (she's coming next week yay!)...
 

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A peek at the recent development of my spawn... I'll add more to my spawn log.

A pretty little female. I honestly don't know which particular one this is anymore because they have gone through many stages of coloring up and marbling.



Blackie is now half black half white. Reminds me of a black and white cookie. Which is incidentally probably my favorite type of cookie.

 

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Lol yes they do...

Guess who came?

Gf is visiting for my birthday. She drove down last night and brought my picks of the spawn. Granted there are only 6 fry in my spawn... So all the fry are separated now since there is one fry left in grow out and 2 were already in their own tanks.





 

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It's been so long! How are you?

You're fish are looking stunning just like before! :)
Hi Blu, it's glad to here from you. I have been good more or less. How about you? How's life? How's the fish?

Thank you, I am so happy because it looks my spawn's finally starting to grow up and stuff and I feel like a proud parent. :lol:
 

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Hi Blu, it's glad to here from you. I have been good more or less. How about you? How's life? How's the fish?

Thank you, I am so happy because it looks my spawn's finally starting to grow up and stuff and I feel like a proud parent. :lol:
I'm really excited this weekend because I have a local club I attend, and this week they are holding a Mega Auction! But what sort of upsets me is that the CBS show (California Betta Society) is being held on that same exact day, they have a Betta auction at the end too (located in San Fran)! Urgh! I don't need another Betta... Or do I? ;-)

Life is good, and my fish are doing great! I just started a journal on my planted 10 gallon! I literally only have 2 tanks with fish in them... Lol.
 

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Went to Petco today. Sad to see that some of the bettas that I saw when I made my three most recent betta purchases were still there. That was a month ago.

They had nice ones, of course. But also rather sad looking ones. Money is super tight right now, otherwise I would have setup the two other tanks sitting empty right now in my apartment and gotten some more to rehome. I don't really believe in "rescuing" from pet stores, so to speak. But when I see fish that look bad, I want to take them home and help them.

Of course, if any particular one speaks to someone and can be guaranteed a place, I am willing to try to. They would have to pay for the cost and expenses of buying, "rehabbing" (if necessary), and shipping the fish though. :-/

This was a handsome fella. Nice full fins. I would say he is still fairly young based on his small size, but he is already a very nice fish. He is black based, even though color looks more blue. He was there when I got my Kaveh, Quentin, and Artemisia.



Tiny little koi betta. Skinny and sad... They have it the worst off since Petco prices them at $19.99. I don't know how people get discounts because I have never been able to get them to budge.



This one was quite interesting, dark blue except for a reddish purple head.



Photo doesn't do this one justice. This one is a very large plakat male He was pretty lethargic. I think I have seen him the last two times I came in, but I can't say for sure.



Nice vibrant red one. Looks like he chewed on his fins.



Red copper dragon PK.



I really love this one. Large handsome boy...



Liked this one a lot too. More colorful than most EEs I see. He appears to be going blind in one eye though.



Blue EE.



Nice metallic delta.



Shiny multi colored boy.



Yellow.



Another white-copper metallic. Not quite white but I don't know... Maybe he would look different warmed up and in clean water.



Pretty veiltails...





This one is a marble. His color is very faded but he has some faint speckles.



Another yellow.



This one was one of the worst off in the lot. He was very skinny and it looks like he has a bad case of popeye. Still very pretty fish, he is a deep purple with yellow fins. I would have gotten him but for how much they charge for EEs, I just can't afford it right now. :-(





You can see the condition of one of his eyes here.



A lot of them like three below, extremely skinny yet sort of bloated. Also had a bit of a grey cast to them and were generally inactive. I would guess internal parasites or bacterial infection.





 

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And onto my betta fish updates... I have an midterm tomorrow and I'm sorta anxiously half-cramming/half-procrastinating still. I think I should have my gf make her own journal, if she wants to, and you guys can read about all the exciting stuff that happens in The Fish Room at her house. It will probably be more interesting than my updates lol.

Quentin, I suppose, will be going to his new home soon, but for now, have some of shots of his fabulously handsome self.





Grr, this blasted algae.



Pretty horrible focus, but I thought the shimmery-ness was cool. :)







Here is the special koi. He has undergone the least bit of marbling, I think, even though I expected him to change. After quite a bit of a trialing period, I settled on Kothar for him, which is sort of a comparative figure to Hephaestus from Greek mythology.

He still swims dragging his tail end and I imagine it is pretty difficult for him. He rests at the bottom a lot.... All the tall live plants in his section died out because I did not adequate light the tank. Basically the light has been sitting right on top of the tank lid because I have not been able to buy or build a stand for it yet and this resulted in uneven light distribution and half the tank getting way too much (so lots of algae) and the other half being a dead zone. Because there is a shelf over the second tank, the light sits just a few inches higher over the tank and it is faring great.

I am going to rework the tank to be more functional for him and I'll eventually move him to his own shallow tank on my desk.









This male still unnamed, obviously he should have one, but I just don't know what would suit him. :-( He was sold as a "koi HMPK," but obviously he marbled out. Still, he is a very nice boy and is full of personality, as you can clearly see. ;-)









Kaveh... Oh man, I still can't get over how in love I am with this fish. Shallow, huh? ;-)





He is a really really lazy fish though tbh. But I guess I cannot blame him since his finnage must be really heavy.





This picture reminds me of that part of Finding Nemo where Nemo and his friends at the dentist's office go on a cleaning boycott and the whole tank turned clean. Ughhhhhh, algae.



And this pic cracks me up. That's actually is moss and not algae btw. Kaveh loves to "bury" himself in the java moss/fern ball he has in his section.



Blackie and his siblings











This one looks fiercely determined for some reason.



She is next to impossible to get a good picture of.







Lucky break here.



This guy is too.



It's pretty amazing how different this whole spawn looks. The other three are drastically different too (or were... they are changing every week really).







He looks a lot like his father when he was young.



Artemisia is just soooo shiny.



She has such nice fins for a female VT too. And on top of that, she is so adorable. Definitely have a huge soft spot for this one.



 

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Wow great update! I really like Blackie! He's very beautiful!

Lol, algae problems... I hate them. :p
He would be a nice starting point for a traditional PK line, I think. He needs to proper name since Blackie would make more sense for his brother now lol.

I cannot get rid of it. Need to get a proper light fixture.. It is even on a timer for only 8-5.
 

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Have you tried Hydrogen Peroxide for the algae? 1ml per gallon. Turn off all filters/aeration for the half hour, use a eyedropper or turkey baster to squirt the H2O2 onto the spot. I focus on one section at a time and eventually the H2O2 will suffocate the algae and make it die out. Then you can remove with some sort of algae brush to physically get rid of it. It won't hurt the fish, you can do it daily. You can also try a 3 day lights out to help starve it of nutrients as well. It will help the plants grow better in the end. But after the half hour of dosing to let the H2O2 sit there, you can turn back on filtration/aeration to get it moving. Excess H2O2 will gas off shortly.
 

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Have you tried Hydrogen Peroxide for the algae? 1ml per gallon. Turn off all filters/aeration for the half hour, use a eyedropper or turkey baster to squirt the H2O2 onto the spot. I focus on one section at a time and eventually the H2O2 will suffocate the algae and make it die out. Then you can remove with some sort of algae brush to physically get rid of it. It won't hurt the fish, you can do it daily. You can also try a 3 day lights out to help starve it of nutrients as well. It will help the plants grow better in the end. But after the half hour of dosing to let the H2O2 sit there, you can turn back on filtration/aeration to get it moving. Excess H2O2 will gas off shortly.
No, I hadn't tried that, but I think I'll try that tomorrow after I get off from work! My favorite java fern is really suffering. Thursday evening is the start of my weekend (thank goodness).
 

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Quentin (or whatever Nova chooses to name him) went in the mail yesterday afternoon. He is set to arrive at his new home by Thursday. I'm just incredibly anxious about the whole thing since it's the first time I have shipped a fish in a while. All the doubts about whether I packed him well enough, if the bags will stay secured/not leak, if the heat pack will really work, if the postal workers will handle the package appropriately, etc., etc. I even put a drop of methylene blue in the water since I read it helps keep fish calm and protect against stress-induced illnesses. I have never had a fish I sent arrive DOA, so logically, I shouldn't worry, but it's hard. *sigh*
 
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