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In my plight to avoid math homework, I've decided to post here with my journey in aquatic life.

I first joined BettaFish.com when I got the idea that I must have an aquarium and researched on how to start. My zealotry back then is a little embarrassing to look back on :oops: As it proved, experience was a better teacher for me, though that can be said for nearly every aspect in [my] life :roll:

I found out that keeping an aquarium was pleasantly stress relieving.. the way it felt running my hand through wet sand.. the trickling sound of the HOB filter.. the cute fish..

I attempted to make a community based around my betta Narai. First I tried adding some snails.. they died. I didn't exactly know why. I added ghost shrimp.. they died. The culprit then must've been the heavy metals in my well water! So I decided to not bother with inverts. I added ghost catfish; I figured that Narai wouldn't bother them because they were transparent. This was not the case. They were stressed out and scared of him, and he eventually killed every single one. At that point I gave up and let him be the lonely king of his castle.

The issues with my water ultimately halted my journey. Though Narai was ever active and happy, I noticed he developed lacerations on his head. While I'm not completely sure if my diagnosis is correct, I believe long-time exposure to the water quality led to Hole-In-The-Head disease. I took him out of the aquarium and treated him with some medication that escapes me at the moment, but did result in him regaining his health.

Until I made the mistake of putting him back in the tank. He died shortly after with no other signs of sickness.

I had a very big planted tank with no fish. It was very upsetting. I later tested our well water straight from the faucet and it was hard to make sense of the readings; we have 6.# ph but gh/kh through the roof. In retrospect, it made a lot of sense because we have repeatedly had broken water pipes. So, acidic water is eating the old pipes and the metals in the pipes are leeching into the water or something. :evil:

I kept my tank without any fauna in it for a while but my plants also died because depression and stress led to my negligence. One of my dogs died to cancer in Dec 2012. I had her since she was two months old and it hasn't stopped hurting. I've been in college for 4 years but I'm nowhere close to graduating. I have a lot of missteps to fix, among other things that are beyond my control. But my newest betta, Mithra, has brought some happiness into my life and I remember now how soothing it is to watch a fish swim.

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Beautiful tank and betta! :) Sorry to hear about your water problems, and the loss of your dog. I hope your new fish lives a long, healthy and happy life. :)
 

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I'm sorry to hear about all the problems you've been having. You tank looks great though, and what a beautiful boy you have
 

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Beautiful tank and betta! :) Sorry to hear about your water problems, and the loss of your dog. I hope your new fish lives a long, healthy and happy life. :)
I'm sorry to hear about all the problems you've been having. You tank looks great though, and what a beautiful boy you have
Thank you for the kind words! :-D

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I went shopping after class one day and stopped at WalMart. I looked at their fish and on the spur of the moment decided that I should get a new betta. They had a lot of dead fish in their tanks and even more dead bettas in their cups. As honorable as it would've been to save a betta from WalMart, I also refuse to contribute to the consumer demand for them to stock fish when their pet department provides inadequate care. Moving on..

I picked Mithra up on April 2nd from a local pet store. The store only has about 5 bettas stocked at a given time, all of them in clean water and happy despite their cups. Not a lot of selection when it comes to colors and types, but I didn't choose Mithra for his color anyway; I picked him because he was the most active. He went crazy when I poked the cup and picked him up.

I also went to PetSmart and got some wisteria, lucky bamboo, and a happy Buddha ornament. Got home and placed Mithra in a bowl. I like the aesthetic of a bowl. It was fine for a few days, but once Mithra got settled in, I had to take the Buddha out to give him more space to swim. Another few days and he was still too big for the bowl, so I switched him out yet again. More space is definitely not a bad thing, but he spends most of his time hanging out in the corner closest to me while I'm at my desk, watching me and trying to guilt with his puppy eyes for food.
 

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I received some four-leaf clover, dwarf water lettuce, and ludwigia from P_volitan on AquaBid.
The clover had a crazy root system and grown emersed. I'm really hoping it'll do well despite my low-tech setup. My substrate level isn't too deep so I'm having a hard time keeping it anchored down in the sand. I do have more sand, but it's unwashed and the idea of washing it feels like a pain in the butt..
Mithra enjoys the floating plants a lot, he's been curiously looking at them.

I've also ordered JBJ 3 gallon Picotope from Drs Foster and Smith, but it's on backorder until next month.

It's nighttime right now so the pics aren't great and my wisteria's all closed up.
I also do not claim to be a good aquascaper :lol:
 

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Wow! What a beautiful tank! Not to mention the beautiful bettas!
 

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I had an intense day at school yesterday. Monday/Wednesday are my Calculus days. I had a group meeting that lasted 3 hours where we taught ourselves a section of the chapter because we have to teach that section (Kepler's laws of planetary motion) to the class on May 5th.
Today in Linear Algebra was a lot less intense (eigenspaces). Thank goodness it's my easy math class :roll:

I added a HOB filter onto Mithra's kritter keeper and fed him some freeze-dried daphnia. The filter is an Azoo Mignon 60 and daphnia by Hikari.
 

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I managed to get a pic of fishy's freckles while I was annoying him to flare at a mirror. :p The bigger spot was there when I got him, but the little specks on him are new. The patch of blue on his dorsal has also been coloring up, he was a much truer cellophane 3 weeks ago.
 

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I'm so tired I wanna cry. Finals are next week so it's crunch time. I should have had a LinAlg group meeting today but we agreed to work on our group project individually and compare answers before it's due :roll: And I have a calc group meeting tomorrow. :-?

Here's a little snippet of me proving aphelion/perihelion distances from the presentation I did on Monday http://vocaroo.com/i/s1feXevlc7lt
If you listen closely you can hear me mix words up and I question myself as I say it but never correct it. :roll: ("the intervals in the period?" when it should be the other way around, pff)

But anyways, the picotope should come this Friday. Can't wait to aquascape it. My boy's home looks way overgrown and messy now, but I won't complain about good plant growth (in fact, I'd prefer that to good plant death :lol:). The new marsilea growth is giving me 2 leaves now, so it's almost fully acclimated to being submerged, but the taller stems that made it to the water line opened into cute 4-leaf clovers that I really enjoy. I don't have a picture of that right now, but I will next time.
 

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, this is now Mithra's new home.. It's a bit small but cozy..


What, don't believe me? :roll:

:lol:

I'm not too sure how I feel about the blue light. I thought I wouldn't mind it when I ordered it, but now it's, well, too blue and making the colors look weird. I suppose I'll replace it later.
 

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I really don't like the light, so I took it off. Such a shame, too! Hopefully my marsilea and water lettuce will be alright with how low light the environment is.
The ludwigia has also developed a nice case of thread algae. It may resolve itself as the aquarium matures, I guess. I dosed with some iron, so that may attribute to its growth. It seems to be opportunistic when it comes to attaching to other plants, but it really, really likes the ludwigia.

I didn't add the buddha from the old set-up into the picotope because it has air bubbles [???]. Disappointing, but I'm not willing to risk it flaking off one day. Sooo, what to add as a focal point without my ornament, hm..

But in other news, I've finished the semester. I'll be taking calc 3, physics, statics, and a general engineering course come Fall.
 

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I went on a trip to Manhattan earlier this month. My girlfriend came from California and had us stay right between Times Square and Broadway. Cabaret on Broadway was amazing. I wish I could experience it all over again.

Nothing fish-related has been happening lately. My mother did feed Mithra without my instruction to do so the week I wasn't home much. She didn't feed enough to gunk up his tank, but boy was his tummy full. Maybe he was happier when he had the chance to be a pig.

I did clean out the tank last night. Cleaned off the algae build-up and trimmed the plants because they were breaking the water surface. I also moved the four-leaf clover to the back so it could catch more light, but that means it isn't visible behind the stem plants. I had to remove a lucky grass too because there's no more room for its root system when I've got so many plants going on now. Both lucky grasses have grown very well in the past 2 months though!
 

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My big water lettuce mother plant slowly shrunk. On the positive side, the water lettuce didn't die, even if it isn't as big anymore.

Mithra seems to have abnormal fin growth. I suppose there's nothing I can do about that--I can't tell him to stop growing--so I'll ignore the issue.
 

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I went to the dentist to have fillings done today. On the way back home, I decided to try to find root tabs. First petstore barely had a fish section, nevermind root tabs. The store I bought Mithra doesn't seem to stock root tabs, which doesn't surprise me because they also do not sell live plants. Lastly PetSmart.. no root tabs, wtf!

So now I will begrudgingly buy root tabs online.

However, I did come home from PetSmart with dwarf hair grass, telanthera cardinalis, and bulbs......and

an itty bitty female betta, and a male halfmoon. The halfmoon's color is so sleek and ah-maaay-zing. The little girl is totally adorbs with her big eyes, I think she's the cutest thing ever.
 

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Oooh! Is he a copper rosetail? That's awfully generous finnage for a normal HM!

Sorry about how difficult your life's been in the past months :( I know how that feels... have worked through depression myself. Fish are a wonderful distraction, aren't they? And of course beautiful on their own merits.

Mithra is super cool! He's a unique-looking fish, and I love his attitude!

Maybe you'd like to shop for a clip-on desk lamp? And then get a 23W "Daylight" 6500K CFL bulb (sounds really specific, but you should be able to find it, on the Internet if nowhere else) and just pop it in. Your plants will love it.

You can also make DIY root tabs. The simplest guide I've seen is here. I haven't tried it myself, so take it with a grain of salt as one would normally approach internet things.
 

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Oooh! Is he a copper rosetail? That's awfully generous finnage for a normal HM!

Sorry about how difficult your life's been in the past months :( I know how that feels... have worked through depression myself. Fish are a wonderful distraction, aren't they? And of course beautiful on their own merits.

Mithra is super cool! He's a unique-looking fish, and I love his attitude!

Maybe you'd like to shop for a clip-on desk lamp? And then get a 23W "Daylight" 6500K CFL bulb (sounds really specific, but you should be able to find it, on the Internet if nowhere else) and just pop it in. Your plants will love it.

You can also make DIY root tabs. The simplest guide I've seen is here. I haven't tried it myself, so take it with a grain of salt as one would normally approach internet things.
He could very well be a rosetail! He seems a bit docile and it's hard getting him to display.

I'll consider your suggestions, thank you :)
 

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Upsetting news about my school life: I was late paying for Fall classes and lost my spot in Calc3 and Physics. Physics I'm not too sad over, but I'm really bummed about Calc3. There's only 1 Calc3 class with 32 seats--when I tried to register for it after losing my spot, there were 6 others on the waitlist. They only offer Calc3 in the Fall, so it'll be an entire year before I can get into it. I don't know how I'm going to motivate myself to keep reviewing calculus until then so I don't lose my skill. Sigh.

In fishy related news, I switched the sand out of Mithra's tank in favor of Eco-Complete. There's an Aponogeton bulb in each fish's tank and 2 of the 3 have come in very well.

Some videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEc8a0-p60I The little girl has such a friendly personality. She chases me and will jump to eat food off my finger. Adorable sweetheart.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3RV87rnP5E I can't get this boy to flare but he does let his fins fan out. I put him in a Fluval View because it has more water volume, but now that he's been in there for 2 weeks, I don't like it. The current pushes him around too much.*

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiP7NzJenZw Mithra being the poop he is. He's only nice to me when he's being fed.

*I've decided I don't like any of the fishs' housings. I'm moving in the soon-but-not-immediate future--after that happens, I'd like to reconsider my set-ups. Ideally, I'd like to have racks for both my pet fish and pet snakes.
 
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