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I've been off for a while due to a death in the family, and am trying to get back into posting.

By way of bribing myself back to work, I picked up a new koi plakat, and added another pond to the studio.
I can't seem to manage to get a pic of the new guy, pretty sure this is the first time he' seen anything other than a clear plastic cup, but here's his pond, and the nest he built after spending his first night in his new home.
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I'm now up to 13 bettas, 13 cories, 3 goldfish, in a total of 8 ponds and a quarantine tank. My original plakat (cleverly named OP) is still in that frst betta pond, and is doing lovely. It's been nearly a year since I got back into this, and I have to say I'm happy I did. The studio is much improved for the lively presence of fish and water.
 

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wow, that looks great! how muxh hard work did it take?
Thanks!
Virtually none: pre-fab pond, landscaping rocks, and moss from Lowe's,
bits and bobs from around the studio,
betta, Mopani wood and plants from the LPS,
and about an afternoon with a glue gun.
 

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I love this!! I'm looking into making a betta pond sort of thing similar to this, so I love this project!
 
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I love this!! I'm looking into making a betta pond sort of thing similar to this, so I love this project!
Thank you!
If you need any tips, let me know! I have a whole bunch of trial and horror I'd be happy to share!
 

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That is such a happy-looking room. Where's the chair to sit and soak it all in while you're reading a book??
 
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Someday I will have an art studio with colored glass bottles in every window, and a bird... and fish too. How awesome is that. Someday.
 
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Someday I will have an art studio with colored glass bottles in every window, and a bird... and fish too. How awesome is that. Someday.
It'll happen. I spent over twenty years working out of various rooms in my house (even a campground, using a jeep as an easel) until I finally got a studio. Of course, then you spend a lot of time playing in the room, and trying to convince people that it reeeeally is work.
 

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So, this new koi betta still hides like crazy, but his nest keeps getting bigger and bigger. I'm suuuuuper careful not to disturb it when I do water changes.
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In this pic you can see how it goes way under the mopani piece...
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And while I was uploading I caught him peeking...
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Where'd you get that giant piece of wood in the middle of your ponds?!
 
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Where'd you get that giant piece of wood in the middle of your ponds?!
It's only about 10" x 4". The pond is tiny. It's a $6 piece of Mopani from the LPS.

Oh, wait-you mean the stump from the pond project pics? I curb shopped it in the boondocks. It's about 7 ft. (Thank the cosmos for pickups.) It was full of glass and ants. It was not fun to load alone, it was waterlogged after a flood.
This one, right?
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I love how you have them in such a natural looking habitat. Ive never seen that big of a bubble nest he must be a happy camper and so adorable him peeking out from under his nest. Nice work and lucky bettas.
 
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I love how you have them in such a natural looking habitat. Ive never seen that big of a bubble nest he must be a happy camper and so adorable him peeking out from under his nest. Nice work and lucky bettas.
Thanks! I keep trying to make the outdoors indoors, lol. It is a pretty big nest, especially for such a tiny guy- I think he's pretty young. I keep waiting for him to gain confidence so he'll stop hiding. I spent some time sitting with him yesterday, so he can get used to my voice.
 

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Wow, well good luck with that. He must be trying to impress the females with a nest like that he sure impressed this one. Lol. Hunger seems to make mine brave as they will jump to get it.
 
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