Adoption Announcement - Oh Dear the Best Layed Plans Do Go Astray!!!

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Triplets! Oh My Goodness!
Jasmyn, a little Black Crowntail Female Betta
Sara, a little Half moon Double tail White Female Betta
Emma, a little Half Moon Red Female Betta

Well you see they were not supposed to be here for a few more days and I had Bio-spira coming so I did not set up a quarantine tank. So when I got back from a walk down to the corner bank today and there was a small box on my mailbox, I was not too concerned until I saw the return address!!! California!!!! Oh my goodness!!!! The little fish are here and the new tank is not here yet!!!!!! What to do????? Needless to say they are in with their little sister whose nose is really out of joint and she is not liking the idea of having friends just yet. Emma stands up to her. Jasmyn has hidden and won't come out just yet so I do not have pictures of her, but I do have rather fuzzy pictures of the others. I will be quiet now and introduce Sara the white one and Emma the red one and the Ivory Mystery Snail on the last picture is Angel.

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I finally coaxed them all out so I have more pictures. I am getting a friend of mine to take me to walmart tonight to get the bigger tank and I will just use the old filter until the Bio-spira gets here. I think it will be okay. There has been very minimal nipping and I believe it is over thankfully so I am ready for a smooth transition.

Ready for some more pictures?

Well the girls are now in a bigger home complete with live plants and a little castle. They are all in new territory so no one has territorial rights set up yet. No fighting. It is nighty-nite time so they will have to play tomorrow. The Bio-Spira came just as I was ready to tear my hair out this afternoon. While I was at Walmart I also got a new bigger tank for Marty and his little Oto and Snail pals. (new plants for him too) The little folk are doing well for themselves at my house this week.

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Sounds like you got things settled down a bit! Good for you!! Did you get new babies to breed or just to have?
 

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wow, you've been busy! have fun with your new bettas! they are beautiful, sara is so elegant  and Emma is it? really does look pineapple-y! They are beautiful, you have me wanting more bettas now...what to put in my 29 gallon, angelfish or female bettas?    hehe Good luck with them, I'm sure you will keep them healthy and happy.
 
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divakeeks said:
Sounds like you got things settled down a bit!  Good for you!!  Did you get new babies to breed or just to have?
yes it has been a day and a half and it is just about as draining as bringing home a new human baby that you were not aware you were expecting. (that happened when my sister and her husband adopted their youngest son actually) Anyway they are down and out for the night, but for the record, there shall be no mixing of the sexes in this household. I would love to breed them, but I have neither the space or the stamina for the job. Breeding Bettas with the seperation of the Males after they are sexed and all those water changes to all those jars as well as the big tanks are just too much for me. But with my little ones, I sure do think I could have some pretty babies.

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Congratulations Rose, absolutely gorgeous. Im so jealous :'(. How much were all three of them and where did you get them... you may have put this in another post but I havent had too much time lately to read all the posts. And where did you order the biospira from? Thanks.
 

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They're so pretty! I bet they'll be so much fun. Now I can't wait to get mine. hehe I'm sensing Bettas are a bit addicting ;D
 
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I did answer this once but I have no idea where it went to.  I could swear I posted it.  Oh well this day has been weird.

The girls were off of eBay from a breeder in California and I paid more for them than I have ever paid for any fish and ever will again:  Jasmyn (Black) $20.00; Sara (White) $15.00; Emma (Red) $15.00; Shipping for all 3 $25.00.  Total was $75.00  EEK!!!

The Bio-Spira came from a place where I also got a large plant order:



Under their Aquarium Products area on the Left side of their home page you will find Bio-Spira for both saltwater and freshwater tanks.  The cost is $18.99 and the shipping is very high depending on how you want it shipped.  It has to remain cold so cannot be shipped certain ways.  The plants I got from them looked healthy and were fairly reasonable.  It also made the cost of the postage seem a little less steep.

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I know I've probably asked this before but I can't seem to find the answer.

What types (names or groups) of plants are good for bettas? I know that they need tall ones that go out of the water or rest on the water but I'm not sure exactly what to look for.

I need to get some real plants in there because Raspy for some reason wants to chew on what he's got. Maybe he's just trying to tell me he's starving (yeah, right!!) He thinks he's pretty smart but I know they don't eat plants!!!
 
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Oh but they will eat plants when they want a little greens in their diet.  They know what they need and perhaps he is trying to tell you he needs a good cleaning out.  (the old green pea treatment)  The big C - Constipation.  As far as what kind of plants they like, my little Noel will kill me if I uproot the Madagascar Lace Plant I have in his tank but they do get quite large so if you don't have a good sized tank, that plant is impractical.  Poefox has Duckweed for his Betta and as long as you don't  get enough to cover the whole surface of the water you are fine (it floats)  I would say take the height of your tank and get plants that are going to be within a couple of inches of the top.  Not all the way up as they really do like a pretty clear surface.  They breathe at the surface and tend to get a little panicky if too little surface is open for them.  Wide leaves like swords are appreciated and they love moss.  I will tell you there is a small caution about Java Moss and it is strictly a matter of personal preference.  Java Moss is beautiful and delicate and Bettas love laying on it.  It makes a beautiful comfy little pillow for them.  But the nice long fins of a Betta love to grab little strands of the stuff every time he leaves the "pillow" and they get drug all over the tank.  Now if you are a neat freak in your tank, it is not for you as you will drive yourself crazy trying to catch every last strand of fly away moss.  But if your little fellow's comfort and happiness is more important and you really don't care about stray wisps of moss here and there then it is a lovely little plant the boys will love you for. 

here is a site you may want to browse through:



They have all the plant info imaginable.  You can also check the Plants section of this forum for plant suggestions.

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Wow 75 bucks?? You must have really fallen in love with them. But I know how it is. When I saw Satin in the store I said "I'll take him." and then while the guy is ringing him up im like "oh by the way, how much is he?" ... ask questions later is what im gettin at here i guess. please tell me how it goes rose, my cory/female betta tank is coming soon (fingers crossed). I found this perfect tank for them. Its called a 33-gallon long. Its only thirty three gallons but its like four feet long and about a foot talll... so lots of swimming space for both the cories and the bettas. plus ive heard that both like shallower water. So at first its gonna be my cory tank. then once they are all settled in ill add about four females (maybe more). All different colors. I think im gonna become a cory and betta specialist... i mean like focus on them. I really love them the most so far. I kind of respect the cory... always busy and never bothering anyone. And bettas well... i dont need to explain myself i think. not here at least.

Whoa i just realized i got way off topic here... oh well. While im here i might as well keep goin. which is more important for amount of fish... the surface area rule or the gallon rule. Cuz with the surface area rule in the 33 gallon i could have like fifty inches of fish, but with the gallon rule i could only have 33. big difference.

sorry for the hijack.
 

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Your ladies are beautiful as usual!!

ebbandflow:
Your Bettas will love the larger surface area, and the Corys will love the bigger bottom space.
as for which is better surface space or inch per gallon it really depends on the fish size(mass) and their individual needs.
Such as:  Angels would not do well in a long shallow tank because of how tall they are so they need a tall tank. My Bristlenose pleco are in a long shallow breeder tank because they really need the bigger bottom space but not the depth of a taller tank.
If your figuring neons or slender schooling fish you can use the inch per gallon pretty well. Does that make sense???
 
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With Bettas the surface area is the most important because of course they need the surface area to breathe. And with the Cories I do not think it makes much difference either way probably the area rather that gallons since they are bottom feeders, but then I do not know much about Cories. The tank sounds perfect. I can hardly wait to see pictures.

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Yes the corys would love the bigger bottom area also, and less distance to zoom to the surface for a breath of fresh air once in awhile
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Don't you just LOVE Bio-Spira!!!!!!
yes I DO this is the first time I have used it because it was the first time I had never been able to find it. I intend to keep it on hand for emergency use now. (in case of tank failure)

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Well, so far the whole crew of ladies is alive and well and Beautiful if I do say so myself. They had a bad few hours when I removed the new crew to a Penalty Tank for a few hours (the old one) as they were terrorizing Misty and refusing to allow her to eat once they got into the new tank. I guess this proves that it really is a good idea to purchase them all at the same time. They wouldn't even let her come to the top of the tank and I was really afraid for her. :'( When they had all had their supper in the respective tanks and it got to be bedtime for the little ones, I put the new ones back into the big tank and while there is chasing going on among ALL of them, they are all eating and swimming and acting like pretty little Bettas. They flare at each other and chase, but NO nipping or any other major aggression. Misty is eating right along with everyone else. I guess they now believe they are guests in HER house.

So my new word of advice on anyone getting a tank of little females is to get them all at the same time and same place if possible. That way they have already pretty much gotten used to each other and the major hassle will be territorial once they are in their final tank. But no bloodletting.

Rose
 
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