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About time I did some updates...

I became very ill. I was bedridden for over a week. I am now starting to feel better. I am still having some sinus issues, but everything else seems to be getting better. Slowly. Fenris lets me out of bed now so I know I must be getting better. He had been keeping me in bed.

My yellow dragon male and Conchenn are being reconditioned. They will go in the spawn tank either later today or some time tomorrow. When I let them see each other they are going straight to flirting and trying to get to each other. It's very cute.

All my lovelies are doing very well. Sholto has taken off some of his tail. Very unfortunate. He is healing though.

My friend is going to let me borrow their female whenever I wish to to breed with Uther. They have a half giant HMPK female. Went and saw her before I got sick. She is large and absolutely FULL of eggs! Nice rich royal blue color with black head. No red at all. Very lucky there as I was hoping to get him a female without red.
So the spawns I plan on doing are:
Yellow dragon HMPK x Conchenn
Sholto x Conchenn
Uther x friend's female

I will also be breeding a pair of F1 from the yellow dragon male x Conchenn. I am going to do this to work on a dragon HMPK line. I'm hoping to continue with yellow and mint green.
When working with Sholto and Conchenn, I will be trying to work on a DbT line. Conchenn is a HMPK that carries the DbT gene while Sholto is a HMDbT. They are both marbles.
With Uther, I am going to work on giants and half giants. I plan on importing at least one female for this. Possibly more and another male.
I also plan on working on HMPKs, marbles, dragons (both HMPK and HM). I have lots of room and everything.
 

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A lot has been going on.

Poor Fenris has a puppy bacterial infection. Have to put medicine on it twice a day. Poor thing. He gives me the most pathetic of looks. I don't blame him. I'd look miserable too if someone was applying stinging stuff to my nether region. :/

Still a little sick, but nothing like I was. Something is just aggravating my sinuses. Not sure what. It's a mystery. -_-


Conchenn is plump with eggs. Waiting until the first to spawn them again though. I am waiting because I am going to order new fry food cultures. I think the ones I got were no good when they arrived. :/ Going to look into getting some MW and BW.


Have picked out several nice girls to get myself. I figure that after loosing my sorority to someone else's folly, I deserve to treat myself. I have 7 girls picked out at the moment. Also grabbing up a boy or two. One for sure.
I am looking at possibly importing a giant or two as a Christmas present to myself. Would be happy with a half giant female to start with, but really want another giant or two. Absolutely love Uther and I would like to breed them.


In other news, I may be expecting another baby of my own. Too early to tell yet. I also tend not to make a big deal about it until month 4 or 5 because it is hard for me to keep a pregnancy. We will see though.
 

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Fenris had a vet appointment today. Took him in to be neutered. Everything went well. He was neutered and microchipped. Poor thing has been having trouble with a puppy bacterial infection on his belly and groin area. The scrubbed him really well while he was out today. Looks much better. They gave him a shot ot antibiotics and another of pain killers before he came home. Unfortunately, the pain meds seem to have worn off. He's having trouble sleeing now. Doubt it helps any that he has to wear a cone.
 

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Yeah. Last night was horrible. He's doing ok today. He got his pain medication this morning. Gets it again later. Hoping to be able to time it just right so that he can sleep through the night. He's been sleeping the last few hours.
 

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Well, it's been a while...


Fenris is doing great. Acting much better. Well.. for me. He sees me as the alpha in his life. He gives all kids respect... but not other people I live with including Devon. He has decided that Devon is below him in the pecking order. >>


I have lost a few fish since last I updated... The heat has wrecked havoc on my poor little guys.
Leonidas passed away because of the heat. It got entirely too hot.
Sholto passed from the same causes...

Here's a list of current setups:
3.5 gallon heated and filtered tank on daughter's dresser. Has a live anubias plant. Hannibal is still doing fantastic. Very lively and happy. Surprises me that he is still doing so well since he's obviously older and came from PetSmart.
5 gallon heated tank. Live plants. Home to my yellow dragon HMPK male. He definitely needs a name.
10 gallon heated and super filtered tank. I am loving the filter this tank came with! Super quiet and does an awesome job. Going to be my sorority tank. At the moment, it only has 1 unnamed "fancy" mustard gas HM female. She has lovely form and is full of eggs. Feisty little thing. Tank has a live corkscrew val and java moss.
10 gal heated tank. Home to my yellow marble HMPK female, Conchenn. She will have no tank mates as she kills them. She is full of eggs.
10 gal heated tank divided in half. Home to my marble metallic HMPK male named Frost. The other half is home to my true giant HMPK named Uther. He is mostly black with a little yellow marbled onto his face and beard.
10 gal heated tank. In half of it at the moment is my metallic green with orange fins HMPK male who is in need of a name. This is his permanent home. The other half is in turn divided in half to temporarily house Odin and Egil while I clean up their tank.

I put Egil and Odin in their temporary spaces last night. Egil has shredded most of his beautiful tail. Odin bit off some of his tail... But has since built a bubble nest! This is the first time he has built such a nice bubble nest. It gives me hope.

My metallic green with orange fins HMPK male has blown bubbles along the top of the water in his half of the tank... No real order to them. It's a bit sad really.. I had hoped to try him with my new MG HM girl.
 

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I'm sorry you have lost several of your bettas to heat. I don't know how bettas, but I used to put ice cubes in my tanks whenever it got really hot.
So glad Fenris is acting more himself. Our wolfdog, Amarok sees me as some kind of super alpha, because he has seen my daughter (who is his alpha) answer to me, so he also makes sure he responds as he should. Hang in there, everything will work out in the end.
 

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It has been way too long...

Fish I have:
Conchenn - She has changed colors. Love this HMPK girl. Her body is now mostly mint green with some yellow. Her head is pale yellow with bright yellow spot between her eyes. Tail and dorsal are dark blood red.
Unnamed - Yellow dragon HMPK male. Fins are edged in mint green.
Frost - Metallic marble HMPK male. Love him. Flares at everything.
Larkspur - Dragon mustard gas HM with shortfin genes.
Uther - Giant HMPK. I had thought he was black.. Moved him the other day and he is actually a dark purple. Has a little yellow marbled onto his face.
Unnamed - Metallic green HMPK. Has lovely orange fins.


Hannibal passed on us. He jumped for his food... About an hour later, I found him dead. I think that he was simply old. I do not know how long he was at PetSmart before I bought him for Kacey, but he was rather large when we bought him. Kacey was not home when he passed... So Devon and I did an emergency trip to PetSmart. I found a male with the same coloring but much smaller. So far, she has not noticed the difference. The new Hannibal settled in quite quickly... and even bit me while I was moving him into the tank. -_- The cycle continues.

I now have Frost at the foot of the bed where my sorority was. He seems to like his new digs. He has a new decoration since my Larkspur wasn't using it. He sleeps in it, the lil cutey. Also has a fake plant that up to the surface he likes to rest on. I enjoy watching him patrol around and flare at everything. Including me.
 

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Sorry to hear about Hannibal I, happy to hear of Hannibal II, I'm suprised your daughter hasn't noticed, but it could be because she expects to see Hannibal I, so that is what she sees. Good to hear the others are doing well.
 

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I was very sad to find Hannibal 1 like that though. After everything we went through with him and how he helped me when we first got him for her... I just can't believe how similar Hannibal 2 looks. Very impressed with how quickly he settled in. He ate the first night. Thankfully, he isn't picky. He seemed very happy for the food and warm water.

While we were getting Hannibal 2... I saw this baby betta that I very nearly brought home. The poor thing looked near death and wasn't even an inch long including tail. If I had had the money or knew the manager was there, I would have.

Uther does not seem fond of his temporary housing. Had a heater quit on me and have to get a new one. So I switched what tank he's in for the moment. Hope to get him back into his normal tank soon.

Also, Hannibal 2 had some obvious fin rot. Looks better today. I put a small piece of IAL in his tank when we put him in there (after it was completely cleaned, of course). He certainly seems happy. Have the water at 80 to help his healing. Slowly raised it to that point from 78.

Spent some time enjoying Frost this morning. He's so entertaining. Love how he doesn't care how big something is. He thinks he can take it all on. <3 Very cute.
 

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I know what you mean about the baby bettas. I've been tempted to bring some home, but since I'm sure they haven't gotten the best of care, I'm afraid they would die after getting attached. With winter comming up, I need to get another heater along with at least 1 spare. You never know when a heater might stop working :/.
 

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Yeah. Learned that the hard way. Had one quit on me and I don't trust my spare anymore. It got back up to 80+ this week.. But it's OR so winter is cold and rainy. Will definitely get some new heaters and at least one spare.

Hannibal 2 has already built a bubble nest. Fold a dollar bill in half, that's about the size of it right now. Surprised me with it.

Uther is angry with me. His side of the hood light went out. Have the light near their tank on to compensate for the moment while I try to hunt down my spare bulb.

Conchenn has this new habit of pushing off her gravel to dart off. She does it at odd times and scares me with it. o_o Odd little fish.
 

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It's really amazing how different bettas can be from each other. I have one male that scares me sometimes because he likes to hide, and I start to fear he has died, then when I'm feeding everybody, out he comes and starts to dance.
 

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It really is.

Hannibal 2 has now made his nest bigger. Takes up about 1/3 of the surface of his 3.5 gal tank.

Frost also has a bubble nest going. He can see Larkspur and has started builind like crazy.
 

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Once I get these financials straightened around, I do plan on doing at least one spawn. Both my girls are eggy. My boys would definitely spawn if I put them with the girls. I have two that I know are good fathers. Not worried about that part. My yellow dragon HMPK boy is an excellent father. He would have stayed with them if I'd had let him. lol
 

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I wish you the best of luck with both the financial thing, and the spawning.
I'm currently conditioning all my bettas, including the three you want. My last spawn just died off for no apparent reason, so I'm starting over. I think I'll be trying my salamander pair I got from Karen, but if that doesn't work out, I still have the rest to choose from.
 
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