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I saw the one. After Aqueous died I knew one day I was going to get another, and that day came around a week ago - wednesday.
After buying an awesome driftwood piece for my 64g tank and making my way out I saw this little guy. A beaten up betta in a community display tank that was wiggling all fins at me, I knew I had to get him. Unlike most fish in the display tanks, he was for sale - yay! $30 reduced to $8 (with a discount card that my LFS has as I've spent $1000 at the store since getting the card... at the start of march :surprise: ) I was walking out with my school bag, driftwood, wavemaker and a new betta. Lets just say the walk - or jog - home would of looked interesting, at 2pm along a major roadway lugging everything around...
A week later - oh, and an upgrade from the terrible designed internal filter, a filter unit from an "all in one tank" and a sponge filter... now just one canister - I have a beautiful betta that slowly healing.

Naming wise, nothing has come up yet. Thinking of calling him Solution (something sciencey), Shrimp Devourer or after one of my favourite Anime(s?)... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Already my rasboras are more active, they more likely to come out of the plants and swim around the tank... Often alone! Seen a significant decrease in the baby/adolescent cherry shrimp; but that was to be expected...

The fish in question... Sorry, photos taken on a samsung ace... can't find my camera...





Obligatory pics of the home - cloudiness due to new filter:


 

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Whoa! Nice tank! He's gonna have a lot of fun in there. :D
 

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Thanks guys! :)
@NickAu, yeah thats my bad... I decided I needed a rescape after adding the filter and removed a lot of the plants... Particularly the mayaca, which grows great except that the stems are so fragile and prone to breaking... And rotting, which leaves a soupy mess floating at the surface. And some of the ludwigia has been moved to an outdoor 2.5g tub where its doing great - considering melbourne temp right now! It's already turned into a deep maroon colour and slowly growing.
Plus I also culled back my micro java ferns and crypts in prep for the new driftwood in the 64g, so it isn't helping either. But I know it will grow back in due course.
Plan of attack currently is to grow out the valls since they seem to be doing well and maybe in the near future try my hands at the larger crypt varieties or stem plants to cover the back left corner completely and hide the filter intake/exit, heater and the intake of the breeder box which houses some of the offcuts.... Oh, and better hardscape!
@LittleMan, yeah I'm sure he is liking the space... My tank has a slightly larger footprint than the store, even though the store tank is much taller. Not to mention that he is now the big boy in the tank, unlike the store where he was the smallest fish in the tank... That and the filtration on the thing... it was a bit strong for a betta (and leave it as that). The store normally keeps the animals in good conditions, I know they had the best intentions but unfortunately it wasn't right. Hopefully he enjoys his new dig!
@Kaxen, I think he has... My shrimp aren't having the same thoughts though... It just I'd like to completely eliminate the glass surfing he does; it's my desktop tank so I need something peaceful. I guess in due course...
@bettafishsam, good luck to you! When done please post the piccies, I will love to see. I'm glad that someone likes my tank, I personally don't... I guess that's the problem when doing something artistic, I can always pick out the "flaws" of my pieces...
@Aluyasha, thanks for that! I think he is too, I really don't think the pics do him justice... He must have the metallic gene, because he shines in the tank - which the tank pics of him swimming kinda show his "flashiness".
 

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@NickAu, thanks! And yeah, that is a dish of sand. I have 3 C.habrosus in the tank (that i found at the local petstore selling for $3 each a few months back. Had to buy! Unfortunately they don't ship them in, only the C.pygmaeus when requested.) and I give them an area so they can dig around in and have their fun... The malaysian trumpet snails also like to dig there as well.. but mostly it was for the cories.
Plus I prefer sand over gravel, sand way easier to maintain. The only problem is I like the darkness of the gravel... and the fact that the gravel was included in the setup. I probably might look into buying iron sand, but its not a pirority ATM.
BTW, nice tanks!
@LittleMan, yep I hope so too. Today my tank water is around 90% clear - slight cloudiness still noted, but nearly back it its old self - and noticed that my betta has a scale growing over one eye (its cloudy) and the other looks like this:

(from llilnaugrim's guide on dragon scales)
Its a shame I didn't notice it before, but I kinda glad I got him. I feel he is better off with me - that has a basic idea on metallic/dragonscale genetics... If he does go fully blind - hopefully not - will care be different from what it is now? he starting to learn about the feeding area and when feeding I tap on the glass. Have started reading up on "diamond eyed" bettas however.
 

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Cute guy :) Where do you buy your fish and supplies in Melbourne? I got my last to at New Life Aquarium, they seem to have some good stock

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@NickAu , thanks! And yeah, that is a dish of sand. I have 3 C.habrosus in the tank (that i found at the local petstore selling for $3 each a few months back. Had to buy! Unfortunately they don't ship them in, only the C.pygmaeus when requested.) and I give them an area so they can dig around in and have their fun... The malaysian trumpet snails also like to dig there as well.. but mostly it was for the cories.
Plus I prefer sand over gravel, sand way easier to maintain. The only problem is I like the darkness of the gravel... and the fact that the gravel was included in the setup. I probably might look into buying iron sand, but its not a pirority ATM.
BTW, nice tanks!

@LittleMan , yep I hope so too. Today my tank water is around 90% clear - slight cloudiness still noted, but nearly back it its old self - and noticed that my betta has a scale growing over one eye (its cloudy) and the other looks like this:

(from llilnaugrim's guide on dragon scales)
Its a shame I didn't notice it before, but I kinda glad I got him. I feel he is better off with me - that has a basic idea on metallic/dragonscale genetics... If he does go fully blind - hopefully not - will care be different from what it is now? he starting to learn about the feeding area and when feeding I tap on the glass. Have started reading up on "diamond eyed" bettas however.
This happened to my Giant. He started going blind right after I got him, so far his right eye is completely blind and his left is almost complete. He lives in a 38g and is doing great. I just talk to him when I go up to the tank to get his attention and then have to drop food right above him so he notices it. Just keep up a routine so if/when he does go blind he will still know what to do.
My only issue is I have to clean the tank more often because he misses a lot of food and so I have to overfeed a bit. But it is a manageable problem. :)
 
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