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Day 8 (bit of a summary): when I put in the new water he acted a little weird, mostly hid in his log. I think it may have been because the new water wasn't the same temp as the original....should I be raising the temp of the new water with the heater/then adding it to his tank?
Yup. Though I age my water to avoid potentially dangerous bubbles - so I cup Sid, put the aged, conditioned water in the tank and then raise the tank temp back up. Then float Sid half an hour or so, adding a little new water to the cup every now and then. The cup water doesn't get too cold, as it's summer here. In winter, I might get a small heat pad to set the cup on. He gets way less stressed when I do changes this way - even likes the cup, as he gets a snack during and after the water change, so he knows the cup means food, lol.

Bettas don't like sudden changes, particularly of temperature, it can put them into shock, so however you do your routine changes, make sure the water is an even temp for him all through it.

I love the pic of Spike peeking out of his log - would it be okay if I attempted to draw him from that picture?
 

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Yup. Though I age my water to avoid potentially dangerous bubbles - so I cup Sid, put the aged, conditioned water in the tank and then raise the tank temp back up. Then float Sid half an hour or so, adding a little new water to the cup every now and then. The cup water doesn't get too cold, as it's summer here. In winter, I might get a small heat pad to set the cup on. He gets way less stressed when I do changes this way - even likes the cup, as he gets a snack during and after the water change, so he knows the cup means food, lol.

Bettas don't like sudden changes, particularly of temperature, it can put them into shock, so however you do your routine changes, make sure the water is an even temp for him all through it.

I love the pic of Spike peeking out of his log - would it be okay if I attempted to draw him from that picture?
Thanks
I've been thinking about cupping him during his water changes anyhow, so acclimating him would great.
I totally wouldn't mind. I'd love seeing the seeing the end result :)
 

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Day 17: Gave Spike his 4 pellets today. Still very much the little piggy he was the day I got him.
Still very active as well. I'm super happy he has made it this far and is it a very happy and healthy fishy.
 

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I noted that today and yesterday Spike had been swimming with his fine closed lot more often than usual. HOWEVER, he made a huge and thick bubble nest today. Usually he would swim with his fins slightly shut and once stopped he'd almost completely open his fins.
When we came back after eating out he was opening his fine quite a bit. But he was right under his bubble nest. I'll keep a close eye on him.

I have also tested his water. Everything is in line.
 

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Spike was doing better today. Kept his fins opened more. However it was feeding time and hubs was rushing me out the door >:/
I'll be home in another hour or so to see him. :)
 

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did Spikes water change today and slowly acclimated him in his cup. He reacted so much more better. He wasn't moppy afterwords :) I decided to also give him a pellet for going into his cup.
 

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Forgot to fast Spike yesterday. Stop being so adorable in the morning Spike!!! xD
So I fasted him today. He'll have to wait for his brine shrimp. He's mad at me. Oh well ;)
 

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hmm, maybe I should give them all a fast day too. I usually feed them either 3 pellets or 2 blood worms twice. Although they wont like it. Lol I have to laugh when I read this because my bird's name is Spike
 

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hmm, maybe I should give them all a fast day too. I usually feed them either 3 pellets or 2 blood worms twice. Although they wont like it. Lol I have to laugh when I read this because my bird's name is Spike
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Spike gets VERY mad at me for fasting him. He will flare at me the entire day. But I give him frozen brine shrimp the next day ;)
 

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I dont have frozen brine shrimps though. Maybe after pay day I'll buy some
 

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I dont have frozen brine shrimps though. Maybe after pay day I'll buy some
bloodworms work just as well. Spike doesnt like blood worms.:dunno:
 

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Walter doesn't like blood worms anymore. My bad sitter kinda put him off of those :p
Spike just stares at them. His face has this look of "wth am I supposed to do with this?"
I've seen him flare at them too. sometimes I'll pop one in just to see him flare xD
 

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Walter gets it in his mouth and then spits it right back out, then looks at me like "what the heck are these? I want my pellets."
 

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Love this log! :D
 

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Thanks Maisy! :)

I fed Spike his brine shrimp. I think I may have given him a bit too much. I might cut his breakfast for tomorrow in half to make up for the amount of shrimpies.
Next monday will officially be about a month since Spike has arrived in our home. He will be getting his 1st 50% water change. All his poo and whatever else needs to be sucked up ;)
Maybe I'll change his decor a little bit. Give him a different scenery.
 

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What size tank is he in? :) Sorry if you've already said . . .
 

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Thats so weird except your Tank My neighbor has a betta who looks awfully similar to yours and hers is also named spike, the resemblance is uncanny.
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Well I know I'm not your neighbor. I live in a pretty bad neighborhood, I don't personally know my neighbors. Only think I know is who owns what dog and who picks up their poo or leaves it. xD
 
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