I fell in love again

Tom

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I went to the only place that sells female bettas in the area just to get some filter media and I ended up looking at the fish and seeing if they had any female bettas that were in good conditiion. I found one that is in great condidition, her little cup is clean and she doesn't have any signs of fin rot. She must be one of the new shipment. Anyways, long story short, I bought her and am putting her in the big 36 at the moment. I am so happy I found love again.
Tom
 

cherryrose

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Congratulations to you and your lucky girl! Can't wait to see pics. Falling in love is easy so when it comes to bettas. LOL I bet she is beautiful!

CherryRose
 

chickadee

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Congratulations to you Tom. We do know that you love the little ones and especially the little girls. I am so glad you found a little one to give a good home to. Let us see pictures when you get her settled will you?

Also when you name her, be sure to let us know so we can welcome her properly.

I am happy for the both of you.

Rose
 

voiceless_kat

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hey Tom, that is great news. Lots of us have succumed to the temptation this week. Post a pic...welocme to you new little girl betta, and congratulations to you and best wishes for her health!! Val
 

COBettaCouple

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Congrats on the new betta, Tom. those female bettas are great, I love them and know you'll love your new girl.
 

genie

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Welcome to the club of no self control! LOL! My new Lila is glad that I couldn't leave her at Petco!
 

COBettaCouple

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MTS is hitting me hard today.. I got the little 2.5g bowfront for our new h/q tank to replace the one we had to toss after the last betta rescue so that we can get some otos for our bettas, then start back to rescuing them.. and got a call from my mom who found a hex tank for $5 at a yard sale so she'll get that to me.. I was so tempted at petco today to take a few sad female bettas home when I was there checking on the otos. Made me think of your new betta girl and how nice it would be to bring another one home.. or 2.. or 3..
 

genie

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or 12 or 13! seriously, I should just open a public aquarium with the direction I am going in.
 

COBettaCouple

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Genie said:
or 12 or 13! seriously, I should just open a public aquarium with the direction I am going in.
I hear you there Genie.. I think a lot of us are like that.. maybe we should form a chain of them across the world.
 
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Tom

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Thanks, all of you. I will have pics as soon as I can get her out from the corner and get a good shot of her.
Tom
 
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Tom

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I tried to get some pics yesterday but no luck what so ever. She is just to fast to take a pic of. One second she is still and I get the camera ready and next she is on the other side of the tank and I just wasted some of my battery power. So if you guys/gals can think of a name that would suit her, that would be great. One that makes her sound fast.
Tom
 

cherryrose

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How aout Jet? Or maybe Zippy? What color is she?

CherryRose
 

COBettaCouple

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Lightning? Blaze? Portia?
 

genie

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FLBettaCouple said:
Lightning? Blaze? Portia?
I like Portia!! go for that one!
 
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Tom

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Her main body is deep blue/purple and her fins are red lined with black. She looks really beautifuland easy to spot up against my substrate.
Tom
 

COBettaCouple

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Tom said:
Her main body is deep blue/purple and her fins are red lined with black. She looks really beautifuland easy to spot up against my substrate.
Tom
she sounds like a real beauty.
 

genie

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I found that the best way to photograph fast fish is to use "Continuous mode" on the camera. I don't know if your camera has that on it, but it takes photo after photo as long as you hold down the shutter button. She sounds beautiful. I have been looking at female bettas all weekend. Wal-Mart got in some Crowntail Females. There was one I really wanted to bring home, but I didn't have room for Lila as it was, so I had to leave her at the store. Maybe I can get another tank for the office if she is still there.
 
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Tom

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I had otten her at Walmart and they were just restocking the selves with female bettas and I looked at her and saw she was in great consition and just had to have her. ;D ;D
Tom
 

genie

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OK Tom-- get with the picture takin! (lol) I need to see this beautiful fishy. I want more females. They are so spunky!
 

nmwierman1977

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How about the name Flash? Congratulations Tom!! Can't wait to see pics. Now be a good girl for your daddy and let him take pics of you. Natalie
 

COBettaCouple

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I hope she'll listen to Genie.. maybe if you sneak up on her, before she can think "hey I need to make the picture blurry"
 
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Tom

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She can feel the vibrations in the floor and she goes and hides in the plants/corner. So I thought of sitting on the couch next to the tank and waiting for her to come out and take a pic that way and then share with all of you. I am thinking of naming her Zippy, I am not sure yet.
Tom
 

COBettaCouple

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lol.. she's a smart one.
 
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Tom

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Mean while, I get lots of good pics of my other fish and the blur of her. IMO, she is a little to smart for me sometimes.
Tom
 

COBettaCouple

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those bettas love to outsmart us.
 
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Tom

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That's for sure.
Tom
 
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Tom

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I have decided to name her, Mercury, after the Roman Winged Messanger. I got an okay pic of her when I sat in the chair half-way across the room but it is a little blurry and you can't see her head.
Tom
 

COBettaCouple

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Tom said:
I have decided to name her, Mercury, after the Roman Winged Messanger. I got an okay pic of her when I sat in the chair half-way across the room but it is a little blurry and you can't see her head.
Tom
cool. the name definitely suits her. welcome to fishlore, Mercury.
 

genie

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ahhh and we finally get to see the elusive water baby! Very beautiful.
 
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Tom

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It took a lot of time and patience and a lot of sitting around and plotting.
Tom
 

COBettaCouple

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she is just a shy-girl I guess (for now ).. good job capturing her in photos. our angel is on the other end of the spectrum - a total ham.
 

chickadee

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She is gorgeous and so dainty, she looks like she is delicately surveying her surroundings and is absolutely adorable. Welcome to you Miss Mercury. You are very beautiful and you have a very proud and loving daddy so do as he says and he will take very good care of you and spoil you quite completely.

Rose
 

divakeeks

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Welcome, Mercury!! You are gorgeous! Congratulations, Tom!!
 
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Tom

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chickadee said:
She is gorgeous and so dainty, she looks like she is delicately surveying her surroundings and is absolutely adorable. Welcome to you Miss Mercury. You are very beautiful and you have a very proud and loving daddy so do as he says and he will take very good care of you and spoil you quite completely.

Rose
lol. I'll try my best to spoil her the most I can. But she has a little territory behind the aerator and that is some pics of her hide out most of the time. She sleeps there and nothing can get to her, literally.
Tom
 

Phloxface

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She's beautiful! She looks a little bit like my Karma.
Just wondering, is she in a tank with other fish? She has stress stripes so I was wondering if she is being bullied or feels insecure around other fish?
 

nmwierman1977

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Oh finally we get to see pics of your new baby. Welcome Mercury. You are a cutie. Oh this isn't fair I want another one. Everyone is getting new babies. Natalie
 
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Tom

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Phloxface said:
She's beautiful! She looks a little bit like my Karma.
Just wondering, is she in a tank with other fish? She has stress stripes so I was wondering if she is being bullied or feels insecure around other fish?
She has other tank mates but she doesn't get chased by any of the other fish, she does the chasing. Just so I know, what are the stress stripes?
Tom
 

COBettaCouple

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the horizontal lines (stress stripes) are some female bettas way of showing stress.
 
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Tom

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I would have thought those were just part of the normal coloration.
Tom
 

COBettaCouple

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Tom said:
I would have thought those were just part of the normal coloration.
Tom
I could be wrong, but as far as I know normal coloration doesn't include those stress stripes - Rose should be able to confirm/deny that. When we tried the ill-fated sorority tank the LPS recommended, we saw a lot of stress stripes and lost coloring (the 2 ways females show stress).
 
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Tom

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Do you think that Mercury has those stress stripes?
Tom
 

Phloxface

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They are stress stripes. It means they are either upset, angry or sick. Since she is probably not sick she may be feeling upset over having to defend her "territory" all the time against the other fish, even if all they are doing is ignoring her. Bettas are paranoid and prefer solitude or fish that stay out of their way like bottom feeders. Constant stress can make her ill. Something is definitely bothering her.
Here is two pics of one of my females, Karma. The first is when she was recovering from a bad infection and was still a little sick and stressed. You can see the horizontal stripes on her. The second is her all well and happy in a tank alone. Her coloring changes from dull brownish-gray with horizontal stripes to a more irridescent blue with faint vertical bars. Vertical bars means she is a happy girl.
Maybe you could try putting Mercury in a tank alone for a while and see if she loses the stress stripes and colors up more. It's amazing their ability to change colors!
Here's the pics:
 
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Tom

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Phloxface said:
They are stress stripes. It means they are either upset, angry or sick. Since she is probably not sick she may be feeling upset over having to defend her "territory" all the time against the other fish, even if all they are doing is ignoring her. Bettas are paranoid and prefer solitude or fish that stay out of their way like bottom feeders. Constant stress can make her ill. Something is definitely bothering her.
Here is two pics of one of my females, Karma. The first is when she was recovering from a bad infection and was still a little sick and stressed. You can see the horizontal stripes on her. The second is her all well and happy in a tank alone. Her coloring changes from dull brownish-gray with horizontal stripes to a more irridescent blue with faint vertical bars. Vertical bars means she is a happy girl.
Maybe you could try putting Mercury in a tank alone for a while and see if she loses the stress stripes and colors up more. It's amazing their ability to change colors!
Here's the pics:
I don't have another tank to put her in though. The 10 gallon I have has a sumo loach that was nippy but has calmed down quite a bit, and the 37 has angel fish. My parents don't want me to have any more tanks at the moment. I don't want to have to put her in one of those betta bowls from the store and have her in a bowl that is overstocked with just one fish. She is starting to come out and swim with the other fish already so that sould hopefully reduce the stress by a lot, am I correct? Could the lines just be from her being in a new tank for about a week and still not be used to the big swimming area?
Tom
 

COBettaCouple

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Do you think they'd be ok with a smaller tank? like a 5 gallon hex or even an eclipse 3? those don't take up much room and would be big enough that your little Betta girl would be happy.

If not, what about a tank divider for her (or even her and the fish smaller than her)? Fish bigger than her will make her more nervous and stressed. The larger area and new tank won't make her stressed most likely - they tend to get real happy about the space within a day or 2.
 
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Tom

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She is starting to come out more and swim with the other fish. I also looked close at her body when she swam close to the glass and found out that the 'stripes' are just a part of her coloration. I am happy to find that out. Would the stripes be on the scales of the fish or under the scales, cause the stripes are really on the scales.
Tom
 

Phloxface

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The stress stripes do look like part of their coloration because they are, but they are still stress stripes. If she stays like that for a long period of time I'd get worried. Constant stress lowers their immune system and leaves them open for all sorts of problems.
 

COBettaCouple

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phlox is right - i've never seen a female betta that had horizontal stripes when she was happy. they're great fish and make the best of their situations, but those stripes will go away when she feels relaxed and safe. I believe the stress stripes are a form of color loss, which other females experience when stressed.. kind of like a person getting red in the face.
 

Phloxface

Member
Yeah, I think the horizontal stripe is always there, but when they are relaxed they get darker and more colorful and it seems to hide or overlap the horizontal stripe. Bettas with white type bodies like my Aenara and Angel don't have visible stripes because of their body color. It is harder to tell when they are stressed. Most females have the stripe, but some color types do not. I actually like it when they are able to have a visible stripe because it is always easy to tell when something is not quite right with them, even when their outward behaviour seems normal.
 
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Tom

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She has almost lost her stress stripes and is still the same color as before. I was at another store yesterday and they had some very beautiful female bettas that didn't have any stress stripes at all, I was so tempted but had to go and wouldn't be home for another few hours and figured it wouldn't be fair on the fish.
Tom
 

PrayforMojo

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congratulations on your new betta. hope she'll be fine.
mojo
 

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