Prepare to salute General D. Macarthur!

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Heya all,

My fisrt fish since a kid and a nice Betta! He is still getting to know his tank and seems to like hiding behind the filter pump before taking forays out to the heater and I caught him sneaking through his log cave! His home is a 5 gallon tank with the water nicely regulated at 26c. He will get a few nice live plants later in the week to finish off his home.
 

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Congratulations! He is beautiful.

He looks like one I saw in my lfs about a couple of weeks ago.

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Oooh I wish I was General D Macarthur! What a lovely home and what a beautiful fish too ... he reminds me of my lovely Taro. Such a fiery colour ;D
 

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Decerto, I just noticed you have the exact same background as me and you also, well it looks like, you have the exact same heater as me too! Is that an AquaOne 126 tank, because it looks just like my tank, just a bit smaller, and I know that the AquaOne 126 is the smaller version of my tank as my lfs sells it.

This is realy wierd. Where do you live, we might live near each other? I know that quite a few lfs' might sell the same things, but it's just realy wierd that we have nearly the exact same products in nearly the exact same tanks.

Gwenz
 

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That is a really nice home for General D. Macarthur! He would be so honored to share his name I am sure! The little guy is just lovely and so bright and happy looking. He will love some nice plants, but that cave will be a favorite place as well.

You have a beautiful boy. Welcome General!! We salute you!

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Gwenz said:
Decerto, I just noticed you have the exact same background as me and you also, well it looks like, you have the exact same heater as me too!    Is that an AquaOne 126 tank, because it looks just like my tank, just a bit smaller, and I know that the AquaOne 126 is the smaller version of my tank as my lfs sells it. 

This is realy wierd.    Where do you live, we might live near each other? I know that quite a few lfs' might sell the same things, but it's just realy wierd that we have nearly the exact same products in nearly the exact same tanks.   

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Yep it is an AquaOne 126, it was on sale with the whole setup. I just got the background the other day and though it was the best out of the lot! I live all the way down in the bottom of Australia, AquaOne seems to have a monopoly on all things aquarium related down here as all the tanks and products are from them. The Genreral is settling in nicely and swims around a lot more now and likes to come to the front of the tank when I enter the room to see how he is doing ;D
 

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I though it was. I live in Wales - UK. It's the same here, most of the tanks we have are AquaOne, and they have loads of different sizes, from small fish bowls (which nobody ever buys), to 120gallon tanks.

I'm glad he is settling in to the tank. I bet he's having a great time.

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Im worried about him not eating the flakes, I'm going to get some pellets tonight for him and see if he likes them. He is swimming around a lot so I don't think he is constipated.
 

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sometimes they are very very VERY active when constipated I know Inari is and the reason he may not eat the flakes is that he may have grown up on the pellets or they just dont' appeal to him Inari sometimes he'll eat them sometimes not usually they go as shrimp food which i'm sure he will eventually eat lol
 

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Bettas do not eat flakes well because they are carnivores and their mouths are not shaped the same as other fish's. It is hard for them to get ahold of a flake to eat. It is much easier for them to grab and eat a pellet or a bloodworm in their mouth as the jaw opens like a little trap door and flakes tend to float and it is hard for them to get them into their mouths.

Pellet meals are 3-4 pellets (it is a good idea to give 1 at a time and make them chew them up before you give the next) they can have this amount 2 times a day

Bloodworm meals are 6-7 bloodworms they can have this amount 2 times a day.

they cannot have both at the same time but can have 1 pellet meal and 1 bloodworm meal in the same day. Usually though Bettas are very picky eaters (especially if they do not have tankmates) and will settle on one food they really like and reject all the others.

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key word is sometimes other times they will eat ur freaking hand when u are pruning the live plants lol it just depends on the betta
 

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ok i should make a correction, Bettas aren't pirahnas so then won't eat ur hand but Inari does try on me sometimes not that it hurts its just annoying thats all
 
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It looks like he could be contipated, he is now spending a lot of time on the bottom. Unfortuanatly the humans of the house ate the last of the frozen peas the other night and he will have to wait till tomorow to get some peas. He nibbled ate some flakes but spat them out, is this a sign he is hungry and just not interested in the type of food? Either way I'll try him on the pellets tomorow and see what he thinks of them.
 

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He is sure sounding a lot like he may be constipated. Do not feed him anything more until he has been on nothing but peas for a couple of days and let's see if his little insides can get cleaned out. He will not like it but he is not in the position to know what is best for him right now and this is not going to hurt him. Then when you do start him on the new food be sure not to give him but one piece at a time and let him chew until you can see that he is not chewing anymore. Then he can have another and so on until he has had 3 or 4 pellets, no more. Then he can have the same amount again later in the day. But just 2 meals a day. Once a betta has had a constipation problem, they will become constipated even more easily the second time around so it may be a good idea to give the pea treat. a couple times a week just as part of his routine. But unless he is actually constipated the pea is supposed to be a treat at another time other than meal time. (so he gets fed 3 times those days) You cannot give it with the meal or you will be overfeeding and if he is not constipated then he needs to also have his regular food as usual - just not with the pea.

I hope this has helped and he is doing better soon.

Please let us know.

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Thank you so much, I'll follow your advice, just my luck to buy a constipated fish!
 
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I 've tried to feed him the pea but he just sits at the bottom of the tank and looks at the little chopped up pieces, he hasn't touched them and it's been about 5 hours since I put them in, will he eat them eventually? Hope this isn't a bad sign that things are worse then they seem
 

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well he is definately constipated be sure to get those pea chuncks out b4 they decompose and give u ammonia spikes....what i do with Inari is I hand feed him especially peas but if he doesn't want to eat don't try to force him the General will eat when he gets hungary just once a day be sure to try and get him to eat atleast one chunck if not he'll get hungary before too long and if u have catfish or shrimp or something like that the veggies will make them very happy!
 

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Live plants can create problem with live plants is that sometimes they start to drop dead and spike your Ammonia just beware of that just wanted to warn u.....tho live plants are really nice for keeping down the toxic compounds and ions
good luck
 
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