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    What type of betta loves eating fry?

    Well that's shame about the Macrostoma's.... Is it a general rule of thumb that the "wild" betta's are going to be harder to keep? Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I have been wanting some clown killi's, which seem like they might be just large enough to handle a small fry. I have also...
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    What type of betta loves eating fry?

    They're in a 20 long. The betta in there right now is a HMPK. He's more than agile enough to nab one, but he completely ignores them. So ya, I am looking for something which will add minimum load to the system, and I thought betta's would be an elegant option. Are female betta's more...
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    What type of betta loves eating fry?

    I separate my male endlers as they show their sex, but I have 3-4 females who have been impregnated, and they're demonstrating that they are capable of continuing to reproduce. I'm getting a new batch of fry every few weeks, and I'd like to bring the dynamic into balance. After reading up, I...
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    Mail order betta needs help

    Thanks for the help everyone. I've decided that mail ordering is just too rough on fish during the winter. I've also decided that temperament is at least as important as the markings... Which is a shame cause this guy was gorgeous. RIP!
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    Mail order betta needs help

    No. He's lying flat on something near the surface, don't see gills or mouth moving.
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    Mail order betta needs help

    Update: he's dying. Lying on his side, when he swims it's not upright, when he stops he sinks. What do I need to do to save this guy?
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    Mail order betta needs help

    Thanks for the advice / reassurance. This was my idea of a conditioning tank, but I've never received a betta like this so I wasn't sure if something shallow and sparse (more like he was probably grown out on) would be better for him to recover in. I offered him a tetracolor tropical granule...
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    Mail order betta needs help

    I got a betta from ebay on Wednesday, he'd been shipped on Monday. Put him in a 5 gal well cycled planted tank, he swam around, then just started trying different hiding places. I covered the sides of the tank and turned the light off. Its been three days now, and all he's doing is hiding...
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    Crazy ecosystem idea...(?)

    Thanks A201. This would be for my 20 long, though if it works out I'd want to do it in my 29 too.
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    Crazy ecosystem idea...(?)

    I have two competing ideas for my next tank, someone please tell me if I'm just dreaming. Generic plan: 1" of topsoil, covered in 1" of coarse sand. Good surface area for microbes. Crazy plan: 1" topsoil, covered in 1-2" of .25 - .5" gravel. The size of the gravel will allow shrimp to live...
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    Inducing birth in live-bearers?

    I have an Ender's Livebearer who's been pregnant for a few weeks. She's in a 5.5 gal with about 10 other immature Enders. She and maybe one other female are mature, the others are still less than 1". The last week or so she's been getting more reclusive, not really coming out for feeding...
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    Endlers & WCMM fry?

    I've heard that most endlers won't eat their own young, but will they eat other fish fry? I have maturing endlers and some of the males are large enough that I'd like to take them out of their nursery tank and put them in my main tank, which has a few white cloud mountain minnows. However I...
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    Question Fish floating heads up and dying one by one

    API freshwater master test kit. The ammonia was .5 ppm this morning. I've been changing it every day except yesterday, so .5 should be the upper range that they've been experiencing. It's a 29 gal tank.
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    Question Fish floating heads up and dying one by one

    So I'm changing out the water, I got my air stone on, I got a test kit and everything's within parameters- but I had another fish die last night and now another is hanging out at the surface, moving just enough to prevent its tail from drooping down too low. I have to say also, it looks pretty...
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    Question Fish floating heads up and dying one by one

    Thanks guys, I was thinking that the plants and snails would keep the bacteria going but that makes complete sense. Looks like I'll be changing water, aggressively!




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