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My life has changed drastically since joining BF.com. I decided that, since I got a fresh start with my move back in July, that I may as well start fresh on here, too. So...new journal! Yay!

I suppose I'll start this new journal off by talking about my tanks: the stock, the size, etc.



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Tank #1 - Mace (HMDT) & Grievous (HMPK)
- 10 gallons, divided, cycled
- filtered
- heated

Tank #2 - Carth (DT)
- 5 gallons, cycled
- filtered
- heated

Tank #3 - Caedus (rosepetal)
- 2.5 gallons
- filtered
- heated

Tank #4- 2 guppies, 5 neon tetras, 1 ghost shrimp, 1 nerite snail
- 10 gallons, cycled
- filtered
- heated

My betta boys are fed NLS and Omega One pellets. My community 10g is fed flakes. I dose my tanks periodically with Prime, and do routine water changes.

All my tanks have silk plants and hide-outs.

In the near future I plan on relocating my betta boys to a larger, divided tank that used to be my mother's. It's sitting in her basement, waiting for me.
 

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General Grievous's condition is worsening. For those of you just tuning in, Grievous has tumors on his side, near his tail fin. It started off as just one small one that didn't inhibit him at all, but they've grown and multiplied, and now he spends his day laying at the bottom of the tank. His breathing is still normal, and he's still able to swim normally, so he still has some fighting spirit in him. His eating has slowed; he won't eat unless the pellet is RIGHT in front of him now. :-/ -sighs-
 

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I think next week will be when I finally start working on the new tank. It'll be a process, but I'm excited. Since I moved I haven't been as enthusiastic about my fish-keeping. My three jobs have kept my very busy; I literally have no time off. That's one of the bad things about working from home...unless you set strict hours for yourself, you're always working. I can't tell you the last time I had a night to myself. I'm going to work on that from now on.

I've been debating how to decorate the new tank. Between my three betta tanks, I have plenty of decor for all four of my boys, but I need to do something else for substrate. I'm thinking I may finally try out sand. I also sort of want the tank's compartments to match. Mace and Carth have ruins, Grievous has an urn, and Caedus has a purple flower ball. They all have silk plants, too. Bah.

Also, I'm giving one of my smaller tanks (either the 2.5 or 5 gallon) to one of my best friends. So I'll be down some decor, whichever I decide to give her. I think I'm going to give her my 2.5... Well, I guess I need to ask her what kind of fish she wants first.
 

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I just discovered your new journal!

I'm so sorry that Grievous is declining. He's such a pretty fish. But he's not out of the fight yet, and I know he's in good hands with you.

I love the look of sand substrate, and I feel like it's easier to keep clean. I just have to remember to stir it up a bit now and then... something about anaerobic bacteria that can harm fish, I think? I know there's a reason. :lol:
 

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I just discovered your new journal!

I'm so sorry that Grievous is declining. He's such a pretty fish. But he's not out of the fight yet, and I know he's in good hands with you.

I love the look of sand substrate, and I feel like it's easier to keep clean. I just have to remember to stir it up a bit now and then... something about anaerobic bacteria that can harm fish, I think? I know there's a reason. :lol:
I figured it was time. X3

Grievous is still hanging in there. The other day I thought for sure he was gone (he was laying on his side on the bottom of the tank), but when I nudged him with the net he came back to life. Then he swam around like normal for a bit. So I've decided to stop worrying about it and enjoy the time we have left.

I'm heavily leaning toward sand. It definitely looks easier to clean. c:
 

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Swim in peace, General Grievous.

My Grievous has joined the others under the rainbow bridge. He'd been steadily declining, and when I just checked on him...he was gone. :-(

Luckily I'm going to start on my new tank this week... I don't think I could stand to look at his empty half of the 10 gallon for very long.
 

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Sorry to hear :(

He had a nice life with you.
 

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Thanks, guys. -hugs- Coming home after work tonight was hard. Earlier I removed the divider in the 10 gallon (may as well let Mace roam until I get the new tank going), so when I came home and saw it, it hurt a bit. Grievous was my grumpy old man...

He lived to be about a year and a half, though. It's not as good as some bettas, but it's a lot better than most. He just had some bad genetics.
 

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I also just noticed you started a new journal, and I'm sorry to read that Grievous has passed :( It's quite a journey to read about a fish from his gotcha day to his visit to the rainbow bridge. SIP Grievous!
 

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I FINALLY brought the tank from my mom's home. It definitely needs a cleaning (it's been sitting in her basement for yearssss), but it's home! Along with a tank brush, a net (mine needed replacing anyway, so yay), and a bubbler! I stopped by Petco on the way home for a 10 gallon tank stand, and asked one of the employees to see if they could tell me how big the tank actually is. He said it looks like a 20 gallon to him, and I agree. My mom thought it was bigger, but 20 gallons is still plenty.

I won't be able to start working on the tank until next week, but at least it's home. ^^; I've decided to split it into 3 sections, with a fourth section for the heater and filter (so it'll be a small 4th section). Mace, Carth, and Caedus will go in there, and then I'll move my 10 gallon community tank (which will be restocked a bit I think) downstairs. That'll leave my 2.5 and 5 gallon empty. I've also decided to keep my 2.5 in my room, where it is right now, and get -- you guessed it -- another betta. xD A female, I think. Maybe I'll try taking on a Petco baby again...
 

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So I had an idea...

I'm now thinking about turning the 20 gallon into a larger community tank (and adding the stook from my current community to it), and redividing the 10 gallon for Mace and Carth. I'd keep Caedus where he is, which would keep me from buying another betta (unless I add one to the community...lol). I'm leaning more towards this idea. C:
 

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Ooh, I like that idea! That would be so much room for your lovely little community. I've read neon tetras do really well in 20 gallon tanks since they are such active little fish. :)
That's what I'm thinking, too. c: I decided that I'm going to go this route. It'll be nice to give my zippy babies more room, and to add more. I love neon tetras. <3 And I'll be able to get more guppies now, too. :-D
 

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So I had an idea...

I'm now thinking about turning the 20 gallon into a larger community tank (and adding the stook from my current community to it), and redividing the 10 gallon for Mace and Carth. I'd keep Caedus where he is, which would keep me from buying another betta (unless I add one to the community...lol). I'm leaning more towards this idea. C:
I love this idea! Lots of guppies!
 

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Guppies! :-D

Seems like a lot of us have hopped on the guppy train lately, LOL
I love guppies. They're such vibrant little fish -- full of personality!

I love this idea! Lots of guppies!
Yes! :D I'm going to try keeping all males (I currently have 2 - lost one before I moved, and just haven't restocked) because I can't handle fry right now, nor would I just leave nature to it, so to speak... :shock:
 
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