Trip to Petco and a new addition!

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by midthought, Apr 16, 2010.

  1. midthoughtWell Known MemberMember

    So, just two things about my trip to Petco...

    1. I got a new addition, and she is a pretty little iridescent crowntail...I'm not sure if she falls under turquoise/green or some kind of blue, but I will post pictures later so maybe someone else can tell me. ;D

    2. Just a short story about the man in line ahead of me at the fish counter. He was buying a pair of crowntails, one male and one female. He asked the Petco employee if a male and female crowntail would still fight if he put them together. Employee asked what tank and the man pointed to the 2.5g glass tank he had placed on the counter. Employee told him that they'd probably fight, yes, and thankfully he also said that it didn't really matter if they were both crowntails or not, they'd probably fight. Employee also said that they might get along better in a larger tank with lots of plants and decorations. Customer asked if they would "make babies" if he put them together, and employee said that they might. He looked like he was leaning toward getting a glass divider to keep them apart, albeit in the 2.5g tank.

    By the way, I *almost* went off on both of them when I thought that the man requested that they both be put into the same plastic bag. I bit my tongue and waited until I confirmed that the customer was actually asking that the employee put the plastic bins inside separate plastic bags.

    I did talk to the customer though and tell him that they were liable to kill each other before any spawning if one or both of them weren't ready. He asked if I'd ever had my fish "make babies" and I said no, I wasn't in any position to take care of all the spawn. I told him briefly about vertical breeding stripes on the female, bubble nests, and directed him to look up breeding information online. I mentioned "even Youtube" and he was surprised *information is out there on the internet*. He also mentioned that he'd tried numerous times before to make his fish "make babies" but he'd always failed. Surprise, surprise.

    Anyway, I just hope I pointed him in the right direction. He seemed so inordinately interested in having bettas breed, but he didn't even know about bubble nests, *which sex* got breeding stripes, or anything. And the mind-boggling thing is that he's apparently tried this before, so he *knows* that bettas will tear each other up. What is he thinking, that his previous purchases were just psychotic flukes?!

    Anyway, I'm just venting my I am off to acclimate my new girl and set up a new tank for her. I picked up a 5 gallon Eclipse tank off craigslist for a steal -- $15!! And it included gravel, some decor, and a 100 watt heater. The guy may even call me back if he finds more things he wants to get rid of, because he's about to downgrade on space in a new apartment. Once she's quarantined, I'm going to *attempt* to put her in my 29g community tank, but I realize that's risky, so if she doesn't work out in there, I will have the 5g tank on backup.

    Edit: okay that story wasn't short at all. :p

  2. MeenuFishlore VIPMember

    congrats on your new betta. :)
    Maybe we should be carrying around FL business cards - then when we come across someone who is open to learning like the guy you ran into, we hand them a card and they know where to go get help. ;)

  3. midthoughtWell Known MemberMember

    Wow, I am floating her in my 10g with my male betta while I set up (to keep her warm), and she's gone from horizontal stress stripes to vertical breeding stripes. :shock: :giggle:

  4. midthoughtWell Known MemberMember

    Pictures! She looks awfully blue in these. I think she's a little more green in real life, particularly on the caudal fin. And she has some red (almost butterfly pattern) on just her bottom (anal?) fin, as well as reddish pectoral fins.

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  5. Algae EaterWell Known MemberMember

    Aw, she's so cute! I've got one a lot like her and of all my bettas, she's my favorite! Maybe it's a girl thing lol...
  6. cinderellaANew MemberMember

    lol awesome! both of your fish are so pretty!!!
  7. MeenuFishlore VIPMember

  8. Red1313Fishlore VIPMember

    What a pretty new girl :D
  9. midthoughtWell Known MemberMember

    Thank you. :) I thought Chroma (the boy in the pic) might color up darker once he got home, but he didn't really. He's stayed very pastel pink and remains my "watercolor" boy.
  10. jerilovesfrogsFishlore VIPMember

    what color is your boy? he's very pretty too. and the girl is very sweet. :) i got a new girl about a week ago. so what have you named her? are you going to breed them? i take it no.....but maybe....
  11. midthoughtWell Known MemberMember

    Well the pictures show his coloring pretty accurately (pink with some light blue hues, particularly around the body, like shadowing), but I've never seen his particular color described in my readings of betta color variations (e.g.  ). I assume it's kind of a "mutt" permutation, just a really washed out red wash. :;dk :)

    If I could get *a lot* of things in line (the space, containers, growout tank, permission from my boyfriend, hehe) I might try breeding one day. It's something I'd try if I had the resources, but I'm short on both the money and the time for that at this point, I think. Plus, all three of my bettas are LFS buys, not fancy breeder stock...which isn't totally determinative, but it does factor in somewhere in my mind. But they're healthy and pretty as LFS stock go and they are mine. :)

    As for names, I am still mulling that over...I think I want to stick with the Greek theme I have for my bettas, but nothing is calling out to me just yet.
  12. Betta WhispererWell Known MemberMember

    Both of then are beautiful.
  13. midthoughtWell Known MemberMember

    Thank you. :)

    Update on the name thing: I'm considering "Gaia" but it makes me think of Captain Planet, haha... :-X
  14. midthoughtWell Known MemberMember

    Couple more, I decided on Iota as a name. :) Two, I looked into betta color genetics, and my best guess (insert disclaimer here!!) is that my boy Chroma is blonde red in combination with steel blue. I've   that that combination exists, but can't really find images of it. Blonde red bettas look darker than my guy (see    ), and my boy has some iridescence to him so I'm thinking it's the steel blue mix (although to my eyes it looks more like turquoise). The only mention of a truly pastel pink betta I found was a   on a guy in Germany who got a light purple betta by crossing one such male halfmoon with a red female. :;dk I'm far from an expert though.
  15. AquaristFishlore LegendMember

    Hello Midthought,

    You have some beautiful Bettas! Thanks for sharing them and the story with us. Great job!

  16. shellbell4everWell Known MemberMember

    Beautiful Girl :) Congrats on the new addition :) Your male is very Handsome as well :)
  17. jerilovesfrogsFishlore VIPMember

    well i just looooove lighter colored bettas. the aqua ones.....lighter purple....white, and of course pink! i want chroma! :drool::drool: lol. where did you find him? i have to fill the other side of my divided 10.....hmmmm where do you live again? lol...j/k.
  18. midthoughtWell Known MemberMember

    Thank you all. :)

    Jeri: Uhmm, I believe I got him from Pacific Aquarium and Pet on the Lower East Side here in New York. Or I got him from Petland Discounts, which is a local chain in the northeast up here. I don't know why I'm having a brain fart on where I got him though. :;smack
  19. jerilovesfrogsFishlore VIPMember

    i think i've seen a petland discounts before, somewhere around here. as for the other.....i'm pretty sure we def do not! hmmm. well maybe i'll get lucky and find one as pretty as yours sometime :p
  20. midthoughtWell Known MemberMember

    Hm, I asked around on  , and I've   that he's a blue orange bi-color, and that he can't be blonde red, because he has a couple red spots on his fins indicative of the dalmation trait. :;dk Orange is news to me though, I've never considered him orange after looking at the examples...

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