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New fishies!

So while we were away in Hong Kong, my betta may have gotten a bit too much love from the fish-sitter. By which I mean they gorged on fish food and got bloat and… well. Y’know.

I’ve been on the look out for a female/plakat for a while, for the Big Tank after the previous occupant finally passed away from old age. The fish shops here don’t stock them very often, so I was extremely excited to see not one but two (!) beautiful koi nemos when I went in on the weekend to buy Anubias. They were sold as a breeding pair, though I would put money on them being brother and sister1 and they went into different tanks; the boy into the Medium Tank, the girl into the Big Tank. That just leaves Small Tank unoccupied,2 which has the weakest filter of the three tanks, so I’ll probably keep an eye out for another delta or halfmoon.

On the other hand, I didn’t get any Anubias. I think this is like the first time I’ve ever seen the aquarium store without loose Anubias. But they’ve also apparently changed hands for, literally, the first time in my lifetime and the store is… very different. Mostly empty, but I hope that just means they’re in the process of re-stocking/renovating the layout rather than a sign of trouble…

  1. There is a huge in-breeding problem in the fancy type betta lines. []
  2. R.I.P. beautiful mustard gas delta-tail. You survived a night on the carpet after you jumped, but not being enthusiastically over-fed for a week… []
2018-12-17T15:34:59+11:0016th December, 2018|Tags: cw: animal death, fish, fish diary|

Fish update!

In other news, I got a new fishy boi. He was shy in the shop and had obviously been tail-biting, but he’s perked right up and his tail should grow back.

… Also apparently I really need to clean the outside of his tank glass.

Other purchases:

  • Two ramshorn snails for purple boy’s tank. Our water is hella soft so I have some trouble keeping snails (and shrimp) alive—not to mention the betta eat the eggs and the babies—but I’m treating it more aggressively so we’ll see how we go.
  • Two otos. I’ve had one lone oto in the Big Tank since I first stocked it, because that’s all my LFS has ever had. Finally they had two more. I’m… not sure one made it, except it fell into the depths of the foliage before I could double-check, and I haven’t been able to find the body since. Oops. Oh well. Enjoy your free meal, other fish!
  • Four harlequin rasboras. This is to restock the school in the Big Tank, which has had a few losses. I forgot how tiny the just-bought babies are compared to the ones that are a few years old, but they’ve integrated fine with the group, so… yay.
  • Some hairgrass and some HC cuba. This is just to experiment with seeing what grows; the hairgrass has gone into Purple Boy’s tank, while the cuba is in the Blue Boy nano in my office. I don’t really expect the cuba to survive, but… we’ll see.

Next I need to restock my fert supply. Oof. Right in the wallet…

Kids, never let anyone convince you fish are cheap/easy pets!

2018-07-23T18:33:47+11:0023rd July, 2018|Tags: betta, fish, fish diary|

Fish diary: When she maybe isn’t.

So I’m starting to think one of my “female” bettas is actually a plakat male. S/he is extremely aggressive, and has a really beautiful flare; side-on with the full “shimmy” and everything. Unfortunately, s/he’s in the sorority tank which… yeah. Oops.

S/he’s also visible to the crowntail male, even though they’re physically separated. The crowntail’s fins just melted about a month ago, and I haven’t been able to recover them. I think perhaps the stress of constantly being flared at by the (faster) red maybe-male is causing him to fin bite. So last night I put up some opaque dividers so he has a place to hide, at least until I can implement a more long-term solution.

I also set up a temporary isolation tank for the maybe-male. Now I just have to actually catch him/her, because boy is s/he fast, and damn there are a lot of plants and rocks for him/her to hide under. If I can’t catch her tonight, I might need to buy a bigger hose and try the siphon trick.

Moral of the story: betta are amazing fish but holy hell don’t buy more than one.

2016-03-30T18:42:10+11:0030th March, 2016|Tags: aquarium, betta, fish|