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I hope he makes it okay!!!
Thanks, Blu. I am stalking the tracking and he apparently arrived in Utah yesterday evening and is out for delivery today. So fingers crossed everything goes well!




I am looking at females for Kaveh. You know. Brainstorming and stuff. And I think I want something like this girl as far as color/pattern goes:

http://m.ebay.com/itm/Live-Betta-Tropical-Fish-Imported-Black-Copper-Dragon-HM-Female-1-3-days-/311725431058?nav=SEARCH



I think I can get away with a female with lesser finnage since his fins are excessively branched as it is and he is a DT but I need to find a match with a spectacular topline.

I am really partial to black and partial dragons (if you couldn't tell, almost all my favorite females in the past have been some variation of black marble or black marble dragon). This female is definitely right up that alley, but she is definitely HMPK.

http://m.ebay.com/itm/1009-14-DRAGON-MARBLE-HMPK-FEMALE-BRED-IN-THE-USA-/282231830409?nav=SEARCH

 

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I am going back to Petco today because I need some cat stuff. By chance, was there anyone interested in a Petco betta from the last post I made about them and want me to look if they're still there?
 

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You can also try to get them to price match online prices. Right now the Betta's are on sale online so you might be able to show them to website like this: Male Koi Betta | Petco Store and get the "sale" price for the fish. If anyone does want the fishes. I would love new fishes but I have zero money's lol.
 

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I am talking about the bettas from this post... Or I suppose if anyone is something for a specific kind/variety that they would like me to keep an eye out for.

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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You can also try to get them to price match online prices. Right now the Betta's are on sale online so you might be able to show them to website like this: Male Koi Betta | Petco Store and get the "sale" price for the fish. If anyone does want the fishes. I would love new fishes but I have zero money's lol.
I didn't see this post until now, but thanks for the tip! I'll try that. :-D
 

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I would love to try to heal that EE with the pop-eye but alas, still no money and I don't want to put you out either. But here's to hoping they find good homes anyway :)
 

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I would love to try to heal that EE with the pop-eye but alas, still no money and I don't want to put you out either. But here's to hoping they find good homes anyway :)
That severe pop-eye EE is gone. :-(


This one is still here as is another blue one I saw last.

 

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Ah that's a shame, he probably died. That's okay though.
 

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I did water changes on my two apartment tanks yesterday. The the little "plakat" is turning out so nice. The difference between him and his brother could not be more striking. You can see the difference here:



Some more shots of "PK boy" because he is on the end of the tank sections and is much easier to photograph because I was lazy. :lol: (In my defense, I have been swamped this week. >_>)







Yeah, yeah, I know the glass needs cleaning... I tried to do some here. I think slight improvement?





The gf told me today that their dad appears to be slowing down. I hope he sticks around for a long time still, but we're glad we have his children too.
 

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So, I ordered a lot of 50 extra large IAL from an eBay seller who is located in, I believe, Sri Lanka about a month ago. Good ratings and their product description looked good, so I thought I will give them a try... I don't order IAL that often so I don't have a go-to seller.

Well, the last estimated delivery date for this order has come and gone. Actually, a day before the last estimated delivery date, I noticed the status of the order said it was not shipped yet, but I was patient and tried to just wait and see.

I decided to finally send a message to the seller inquiring about my order this afternoon. They got back a few hours later (pretty good since it would have been rather late or early there). And they told me that my order had actually been shipped out a few of days ago, but they didn't get around to updating the status or the shipping info yet. They apologized and provided me the tracking (hadn't actually looked yet since I have been busy and mobile interface is messing up). What concerned me was they said they weren't actually able to collect the 50 leaves I had ordered. They said they were only able to provide about 30 leaves. Said most of the region was experiencing some flooding this time of the year and that made harvesting quality dried IAL difficult. Which is understandable since it is monsoon season in much of South/Southeast Asia right now. But I still feel like I should have been informed if/when they couldn't fulfill the order they were selling and I had expected when I placed the order? 20 extra large IAL goes a long way for my setups. Also it is actually nearly half the order. So, I feel like I'm being overcharged, since they weren't offering to adjust (partial refund?) the purchase costs or anything like that.

But I don't want to be rude and just cancel/ask for a refund since I know [things] happen. I dunno. Am I being unreasonable to feel dissatisfied about this?
 

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So I finally couldn't help myself and ended up getting this guy.

It took a few days for him to settle in. He was fearful and would dart away and hid whenever I got close to the tank or made any motions in front of the tank. He wouldn't eat at first for this reason too. But after about a week, he calmed down and now he seems fairly confident. He is still camera shy though, so I had to enlist Artemisia help to get some pictures.

He is eventually going to end up going blind, I think. He has pretty thick scaling over the top of both eyes. He might already be partially blind since he seems to favor the surface of the water and sorta of traces it as he swims. You can see the issues with his eyes in some of the pictures.

Also bonus pics of Artemisia who looks like she wants to beat him up. :lol:

I am thinking Guilliver for the name.































 
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