I have a new fishy!

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He is! I tried to feed his and he jumped out of the water and bit me this morning and then flared at me!!! Lucky little boy... it's a good thing i love him. lol

I went through all my spare change and got one of those betta bowl things, the largest one that Petsmart had. At least he's alone, and has more room to swim now. It's not his permanent home, by all means.. just temporary until i can figure out what to do with the current situation with the corys.
 

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The Cories should have been there first. You see, he had become territorial in his home and you put others into HIS territory. If you let the Cories live there first then he would have behaved better because he would be going into THEIR house.

Bettas live alone and do not know how to play well with others and it does no good to punish them, it just confuses them. All you can do is rearrange all the things in the tank so that it looks like a different tank when he goes back into it and hope that he thinks that he is in a new home and he has to set up a new territory with the Cories who already live there. If it does not work, I will say that the Cories will get used to him unless he is REALLY nasty. Usually, all the Betta will do is chase them and act nippy. If he actually nips then they need to be seperated, but the Betta cannot be put back in the cup for long or you will have fin rot or ich or velvet (the cool water diseases) from his being out of the heated water.

If nothing else, get him a Kritter Keeper and put a heater in it or use it for the Cories although they really need 10 gallons of water. How big is your tank? If your betta feels crowded, he is going to be aggressive. One betta with Cory cats need at least 10 gallons of water.

Rose

Here is the Kritter Keeper:
 
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I've got a 5 gallon hex.

I read and was told that 2 cories and a betta should do fine and that corys produce a light bioload. And to keep an eye on water perameters and that partial water changes may end up being more frequent, but that's not a problem, since i do have a bit of free time on my hands.

Don't worry, Neil's little tank is being heated and i'm watching the tempurature very closely to make sure he doesn't get sick, i love the little guy and don't want him hurt! Though he did rip his tail (On what, i don't know...) But i'm watching him closely to make sure that he doesn't come down with finrot. I'm also giving him vitachem to help the regeneration of his tail, there's no gravel jsut a plant which is attached to the bottom by a suction cup and i'm keeping his water perfectly clean. I think i may end up getting a kritter keeper and having Neil in it on his own, he is the most aggressive betta i have owned yet and i'm not sure he'd be ok with anything else. But i'll admit, it's definately something to love about him.

The cories on the other hand are in great shape. And the one cory who was nipped is practically all healed up now, which was extremely quick!
 

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Hi! Neil is so beautiful...............lucky you. Welcome and best of luck with the spunky little guy!! Val
 

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Welcome to Neil! He is a very striking color, again I just can't get over the diversity of these little guys. Good luck with acclimating him to his tank mates!
 

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It is not that the cories have such a heavy bioload but they need groups of three and they get to 2.5 or 3 inches in length unless you have Pygmy cories then you need 6 of them. This is what makes them need a larger tank. They just need it for their size in general and then if you add a little betta at 2.5 inches you have around 10 inches with 3 of them. Even if you only keep the 2 you have and one betta you will have 7.5 inches of fish in the 5 gallon tank which is about 150% more bioload than you should have and the surface of the hex tank is less than a rectanglular tank so that slightly lowers the capacity a bit more. No you are overstocked. Now 2 otos and a betta is another matter.

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Every pet store that i've gone to around here, none of them carry ottos. I'd love to get some otherwise.
 

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I have the exact same problem with Otos, can't find them ANYWHERE. And I heard they're rather sensitive and therefore shouldn't be ordered online / shipped. Where the heck does everyone get them from?
 
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I would love to know this too! Hopefully not in specialty fish shops, because there's NONE around here...just the big chain stores.
 

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The ones that we got came from petco. they don't regularly keep them in but sometimes have a few. maybe you can talk to the manager at your LPS and see if they can order some and/or let you know when the next shipment of fish is coming in since the otos go fast.
 
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Well, i'm going to keep my eyes peeled. Even though i'm really quite attached to my cories. I honestly think they'll be fine.

I also figured out the betta situation. You see, after a few days i rearranged the tank, and gave Neil a few days for a time out. I reintroduced him into the 5 gallon today, and he freaked. He became even more agressive! He began flaring at the cories, and nipping at them! So with that, i took him out again. Then i began to think about my other fish... Maybe a swap of tanks is on order....

SO! I looked at Paris, and Helios.... Paris is extremely playful and would probably think of the cories as some fn toy to chase around and tease. Not to mention, he's so content in his tank right now as it is, i wouldn't dare disturb that. Helios has always been pretty mellow... so i figured i'd try him in there. I've had a close eye on him all day and the worst thing that he's done to the cories is just sneak up behind them and startle them. He seems very curious, and is loving his new home. It also looks pretty nice, since Helios is gold, and the cories are albino... it's a nice gold tank. I love it!

Neil has been put in the 3 gallon where Helios was, and he's roaming around, seems pretty content. Though when i took him out of the 5 gallon, he ripped his tail on a plant (mentioned plant had been removed) and now he's on the mend. He ripped his tail in that tank before, too and it took only 2 days for it to heal! With the helpp of vita chem, that is. I am loving that stuff!
 

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Glad to hear the bettas are in the better tanks for them. Hope Neil heals up fast.
 

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~Sparkling Diamonds~ said:
I have a video! I just watched it and i sincerely apologise for the blurriness. (No, it's not your eyes...it's my phone!) I can't figure out, for the life of me, how to make it not so blurry. But, i'm also going to try and take some plain pictures, if Neil will stay still! haha
Beautiful fish.

I think we have the same tank (the hex). I find it a beautiful tank, but a shame that it has more swimming space vertically than horizontally.
 
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