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  1. alyymarie

    My new guy

    I went to PetCo for cat food! But I can never resist looking at their bettas. This particular day, however, they were in the worst condition I'd ever seen them. Many were dead, others had brown water with crud at the bottom. I felt so bad for them. I had an empty 3 gallon at home so I...
  2. alyymarie

    Another new baby!

    Just picked up this little girl yesterday. I shouldn't have, but I made room - now we have 6 bettas at home! She was just too precious to leave, she's so tiny. Already has a good appetite though. She's a little crowntail, I'm excited to see how her colors will turn out. Eventually I...
  3. alyymarie

    Combining tanks - honey gourami and sparkling gourami?

    So my boyfriend and I are moving in together finally! We are luckily both fish-lovers, we each have a couple of betta tanks and community tanks. He has a 29 Gal community, and mine is a 20 Gal. To make the most of our space, we decided we want to combine both our communities, in at least a 55...
  4. alyymarie

    King Betta in community?

    Just wanted to see if anyone has had experience with these 'king betta' in a community tank? Right now I have one in a divided tank. I'm toying with the idea of moving him to my community - that tank currently has a female betta in it, and she's been doing well for months, but lately I noticed...
  5. alyymarie

    Do I need to clean my tank out?

    So my Pretty Boy in my avatar died last night He was displaying symptoms that seemed like bloat/SBD even though he didn't LOOK that bloated - he was lethargic, spending most of his time on the gravel, and it seemed harder for him to get to the surface. He didn't have any physical symptoms...
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    Gourami suddenly fighting, is this normal?

    I have 4 little sparkling gourami in my 20 gallon community and they are suddenly all chasing and nipping each other, is this maybe a breeding behavior? I've had them for a few months now and they just started acting like this. I'm already seeing torn fins on them. Also, one of my little...
  7. alyymarie

    My Betta is eating too much, any tips?

    This is concerning my female Betta in my 20 gallon community tank. I was wondering if anyone had any tips on how to feed everyone equally? She tends to eat the most, since she also picks everything off the ground, and the rest of them don't really do that. She gets really really round, I see...
  8. alyymarie

    Fish are swimming crooked?

    I noticed maybe a week ago that one of my gourami was swimming a bit crooked, not all the way on its side, but at an angle. Now today I noticed he looks a bit more crooked, and it seems like a few other fish are too. I don't think it's bloat.. I've been feeding them every other day and I...
  9. alyymarie

    Need advice on betta community tank

    I just introduced my female betta into my community tank, and I'm trying to decide if it's a good fit for her. The stocking consists of 4 sparkling gourami, 4 furcata rainbows, and a group of pygmy corydoras. So far, the gourami are worrying me because they chase her when she's in their sight...
  10. alyymarie

    Meet Rainbow :)

    Sorry you can't see her very well, she's super active and I couldn't get a good shot. But this is my new female! After the mishap with my last one, I decided to rescue another one. The tiny ones always seem to catch my eye. And I don't normally name fish, but when I saw her she just reminded me...
  11. alyymarie

    Good news, and bad news :/

    The good news is that I finally got the sparkling gourami I've been wanting for my community tank - 4 of them. And they're doing very well, much more outgoing than I thought they would be. The bad news is that the female betta I was hoping to add to the tank is gone now :'( I lost her today...
  12. alyymarie

    What do you love most about your betta?

    I always enjoy hearing from fellow betta-lovers so I was wondering, what makes your betta special to you? And what made you choose him/her? I chose my boy purely on his physical beauty, I hadn't seen many dragonscales and he had such lovely fins. He looked silver in the pet store and I...
  13. alyymarie

    I want a Betta AND sparkling gouramis :/

    I'm still in the process of stocking my 20 Gal long tank. Right now I have pygmy corys and forktail rainbows in there. I've been trying to decide on one more type to add. But ever since I got my female betta a few weeks ago, I've been considering putting her in there. She's still very small...
  14. alyymarie

    Did my moss ball give me algae?

    I got a marimo moss ball for my community tank because it had ugly brown algae and I heard moss balls would help with it. The brown algae cleared up, though I'm not sure it was even because of the moss ball (I read it clears up on its own). But now I have this dark green algae carpeting my...
  15. alyymarie

    Rainbowfish Problems!

    So I have some furcata (forktail) rainbows in my 20 Gal, and I seem to be running into problem after problem with them! I've taken 2 back on separate occasions, for bloat that I couldn't cure. Now my 3rd just died on me and I have no idea why! I just noticed yesterday his tail looked clamped...
  16. alyymarie

    So I tried dividing my Betta tank today..

    And after a few hours and some mishaps, I think it's been successful! Hopefully.. I bought a 10 gallon to divide it for my male and female. The fact that all the store-bought ones are see-through was the first annoyance. I planted some plants along it to help obscure their view, and they didn't...
  17. alyymarie

    My second Betta!

    The other day, I picked up this adorable little girl.. (She's so small it was hard to get a decent picture) I had seen her at Petsmart over a week ago and fell in love with her, but I had absolutely no room for another tank. But I had been wanting to upgrade my male betta's tank, so I...
  18. alyymarie

    Furcata Rainbowfish & Celestial Pearl Danio?

    These are the 2 main fish I'm stocking my 20 Gal. with and I'm wondering if anybody has had this combination, and if so, what number of each should I have ideally? Right now I have 3 of the Pseuodomugil Furcata Rainbowfish (forktail blue-eye). I just added 13 Pygmy Cory catfish, which were...




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