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January 30th, 2013

sweetchoia @ 12:19 pm: Vita-Chem & Seachem Garlic
So I've been posting on Fishlore about my betta problems, two of my four guys are having tail problems - probably fin rot - but I'm wondering about using Vita-Chem and Seachem Garlic as treatment. I've heard good things about Vita-Chem and the reviews on amazon were pretty good so I went on ahead and purchased it, but I'm a little more hesitant on the garlic. I also heard good things about the Kordon protect stuff but I'm not sure if it'll interact with the Vita-Chem. I've got maracyn two at home, but I'm hoping I won't have to use it, so any advice on these meds or something else that's easier on the guys would be very much appreciated! Each betta is in a 10G divided tank with another male (so if it's contagious at all, I've got 4 sick bettas) but the problems started when they were in separate 2.5Gs. I've only recently put them in the 10Gs... Not sure if that info makes a difference, but I thought I'd include it!

(x-posted t bettas amp; 1fish_2fish)

November 2nd, 2012

sweetchoia @ 12:10 pm: Tail-biting & Fin Rot?
So I noticed that Vivaldi's tail is pretty damaged compared to when I first got him.
I don't know how it happened, but I suspect tail biting because his bottom fin is completely fine.

PhotosCollapse )

He's a half-moon and DID NOT look like this when I got him. I don't think it started until he got to his new tank, actually, because when he was in the 2.5 with my other fish Patrasche, he would stick his tail through the divider to try and get the other guy to come over.
Is there anything I can do to stop or treat it?

My other question is about fin rot. Someone told me white edges to your fish's fins could be the signs of fin rot beginning.

Here is a photo of Patrasche's finsCollapse )
He's always had a little bit of white around his fins, but I did get him from PetSmart. I also wasn't sure if I'm seeing more white or it's just his new lighting (CFLs). If it is fin rot, what can I do to help?

Thanks so much for the advice guys!

(x-posted to bettas)

October 20th, 2012

sweetchoia @ 07:27 pm: Heating & Lighting
So you guys have been a super big help, but now I've got a question on heating and lighting.
I just bought two 8W in tank heaters because I've noticed the bettas' water is cold. We always keep it at 74 F in the house, but their water is definitely colder than that with their tank lights off.

Here are the tanks and fishCollapse )

Both have moss balls in their tanks and I used a tiny bit of aquarium salts in each.
I'm wondering if the heaters are really necessary and how long I should keep the aquarium lights on, especially with the moss balls.

And like before, any help and/or advice is greatly appreciated!

(x-posted to bettas)

sweetchoia @ 08:14 am: Betta Advice & Filter Question
So I ended up getting my first betta a week or two ago and then got another (they were both the prettiest I'd seen in a while - I work the register at PetSmart). I don't regret those two at all, but I only had 1 Aqueon 2.5 gallon tank. It's advertised as having a divider (which it did) but betta #2 is progressively getting more stressed.
We got another 2.5 gallon tank, but 2 more bettas came along with it (betta #3 & #4 who seem to get along relatively well with the divider). Those two are okay, and I thought I could handle it, but when I checked their tank yesterday it seemed a little cloudy.
Weird, but no big deal. I was going to change their water and I opened the tank only to find the filter literally ENGORGED WITH SLIME. I was completely disgusted and really concerned (bettas #1 & #2's tank and filter were fine). Right now bettas 2-4 are in the cups I bought them in and betta 1 is back in his original tank by himself with no divider.
I noticed he seems happier and more active when there's more space for him to swim and he doesn't just hide in his log all day.
Basically the current plan is to:
1) Return bettas #3 & #4. They were my sister's and she wanted me to take care of them, but my absolute max is 3 (I'd prefer just 
2) Return the accessories from their tank. In addition to not liking them very much (the only thing that was a real hit was the fake log hide, all the other fish just avoid the other things in their tanks, perhaps because of the colors?), I'm not sure what caused the slime. The tank itself + gravel has been thoroughly rinsed with hot water (the gravel was moved around several times, but nothing was scrubbed; good or bad?) and I think it'll be fine to use, but I'll be sticking with the accessories the fish like and that I know aren't the cause of the slime.
3) Get more logs / fake or live plants, which brings me to my next question:

How hard are live plants to take care of? Does anyone have experience with this same tank and using live plants? If so, how did it work out and what plants did you use?

Another question I have is: Can bettas be housed with other communal fish? Some people have told me yes and others no. I'm wondering if an algae eater fish would be good (or maybe only with the live plant?) and would it be okay to put in a 2.5 gallon tank with a single male.

That's all I can think of now... Any tips and other advice is also greatly appreciated!

(x-posted to bettas)

Current Mood: confused

August 29th, 2012

elysianstarseed @ 01:18 am: Baby Betta ):
I just got a baby betta fish over the weekend. I have an adult betta and I'm very fond of her . She is 3 and a half years old. The baby betta fish didn't make it though. I'm crushd. I get very attached to animals and I'm just sad about it .I love having bettas now too and really want to get another one. Wheer have you all gotten betta's ? I gpt my older betta ( Starr ) at PetSmart and I've never had a problem with her. The baby betta...differen't story. 

Current Mood: crappy

August 18th, 2011

banana13 @ 12:55 am: Turn, Turn, Turn.
(This is a follow up to these posts: May 7th and May 10th, and May 24th.)

Whelp, after two and a half years together, my little buddy, Charlie, has gone to betta heaven.

He was sick for a few months, and I tried just about every treatment and medication I could think of, but none if it seemed to be helping. Unfortunately, on August 9th, when I scooped Charlie out of his tank so I could clean it, I saw what I had been hoping I'd never see: Charlie was pineconed. Dropsy.

Sadly, dropsy is actually what I'd initially thought he might have when he first started acting out of sorts a few months ago. But since he wasn't terribly, terribly sick, his illness ended up being misdiagnosed as internal parasites. Or maybe he did have parasites and and that opened the gateway for the dropsy to get worse. I don't know.

At any rate, as much as it broke my heart, we euthanized Charlie later that night with clove oil and vodka. I hated to do it, but he'd been sick for so long, and he'd lost his will to fight. He hardly tried to get away the last time I scooped him out of his tank.

We buried him under the peony, next to his pal, Mac. Now they're both in that pig rice paddy in the sky.


R.I.P, little friend. ♥

It was making me too sad to see the stand Charlie's tank used to be on all empty, so my boyfriend took me to a pet store I trust (they get their bettas from reputable breeders instead of fish warehouses) yesterday.

Now, may I present to you, for the first time ever...

As you can see, he usually looks kind of teal/grey with grey streaks and white edges on his fins. But when the flash is on...


...he almost glows. : )

For now, Aldo's chillin' in my temporary little tank while I sanitize the everliving shit out of everything and pick up new supplies to replace the stuff that can't be sanitized.

So yeah. Sad times. But also happy ones. Welcome to the family, Aldo! : )

[Cross-posted to bettas]

Current Mood: bittersweet

May 24th, 2011

banana13 @ 04:11 am: Charlie Update Pt. 2
This is a follow up to these posts: May 7th and May 10th

So. I went to my local Petco after my last post, looking for some daphnia to feed Charlie. The employees all looked at me like I was speaking a different language. I tried to explain that my betta was constipated, and I needed some roughage for him. One guy asked me how I knew my fish was constipated. "Well, he's all bloated, and he's not pooping much.", I said. He countered, "Are you sure it's not just a pregnant female?". Fail. I ended up returning home with a tank thermometer, but no daphnia.

A couple of days later, I noticed that Charlie was swimming around a little more, although he still looked kind of off-kilter. I figured that after a week or so of hiding out, he could probably do with something to eat, so even though he was still looking bloated, I gave him a food pellet.

He eyeballed it for a while, then finally attacked it.

"Victory!", I thought, "If he's eating again, that means he must be getting better!".

Then he spit the pellet back out. Then he ate it. Then he spit it out. Then he looked at it with contempt (I swear), and swam away to the corner he's been hanging out in lately.

I've tried feeding him every few days since then, with similar results.

Then he started to poop. But it was, like, a little, milky-white poop, not his usual little betta poop nugget. Then he pooped some more, and it was little and milky-white again. Then, today, I noticed that he had a inch-and-a-half long trail of stringy, white poop trailing from him. I felt so weird trying to get a good picture of fish poop, but I figured it might be helpful...Collapse )

So what causes stringy, white poo?

[Cross-posted to bettas]

Current Mood: tired

May 7th, 2011

banana13 @ 07:18 pm: If It Turns Out You're Just Being Lazy, I'm Gonna Be Pissed.
Something's wrong with Charlie. For the past week-ish, he's had no appetite at all, and he barely moves. For a while, he mostly sat at the bottom of his tank, behind his plants. Then my boyfriend and I noticed that he was swimming a little funny, so we thought he might be having swim bladder issues. Now, when he does swim (which is rarely), he seems to be holding himself just fine, but he spends the vast majority of his time wedged between some of the leaves of one of his plants (he's always made little forts in the leaves that he'll sleep in, but he never just stayed in there the way he is now).

I've completely cleaned out his tank and given him fresh water, the water is the same temperature it's always been, his scales and gills and fins and eyes all look fine, nothing has changed. But nothing is helping, either. He barely responds when I wiggle my fingers at him or put my face close to his tank. I don't know if he's sick, or if his age is just catching up with him. I mean, I got him, what, two years ago?

(Sigh.) I dunno. I'm just worried about my little Charlie-fish. I love this little guy, and if he doesn't get better soon, I'm gonna be really sad.

[Cross-posted to bettas

Current Mood: worried

January 12th, 2011

banana13 @ 01:25 pm: I'd Like To Thank The Academy...
I got a new digital camera for Christmas, so I decided to test it's video function on Charlie.

He's such a pretty boy.Collapse )

Current Mood: bored

September 9th, 2010

youlooksofine @ 08:57 pm: So...I have no clue what these fish are doing...I added Catappa sp?) leaves to my tanks and bowls. Everyone has some in their tank. Supposedly it's good and makes the water a diluted tea color and that it increases the Betta's willingness to breed as well as helps with their health or something. That's what my LFS said anyway. Well, I've had this female Betta that had been building nests in her sorority tank. She got a bit rowdy and I just put her in her own tank because I just didn't want to risk the torn fins of the other girls to become worse off. But I've noticed that all my other females are also making bubble nests. My males will make the occasional one, but my girls seem to make new ones or expand their current ones and make them larger each day. this sucks because I wanted to breed my double tail female with my half moon male.

And no, these girls aren't male. They're female. They have the oviposter on their bellies.

But I'm kinda worried that they wouldn't want to mate with the boys if they already made their own bubble nests. I guess my fish are all a bunch of feminists. Any advice or thoughts on this, guys?

And if it matters they eat a lot, brine shrimp, betta min, betta bits, and frozen blood worms. Since they're pink and light colored, I think I can see their stomachs are full of eggs.

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