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Betta Introduction:

Hi there everybody! I'm Shayna, or ShaynaB here on the forum. I live in a suburb of Los Angeles with my parents (and in a dorm during the school year) and am going to college at Cal State Channel Islands to become a teacher.

As long as I can remember I've had animals around. Dogs, lizards, frogs, hamsters, birds, and of course fish. The very first fish that I remember owning were some goldfish that I had won at a school carnival in elementary school. I am not exactly sure what happened to those fish, but I can assume that the aquarium was probably too small and it all went downhill from there. In high school, I found myself in a house with no animals which was way too strange for me. After several long discussions with my parents, I ended up with a 2.5 gallon minibow and two goldfish. That's right folks, two goldfish! Yeesh, if I only knew then what I know now!

Today I no longer have that 2.5 gallon (it leaked after a couple years) but I do have two 10 gallon tanks, a 5 gallon and a 3 gallon.

My aquariums

The oldest tank I have set up right now is a 10 gallon with Neon Tetras, Panda Corydoras Catfish, and Ghost Shrimp in it. It's running with a Penguin 100 filter and a 50 watt heater. This was my learning tank and it has gone through many different changes over time. I started with Zebra Danios and a Cory Cat that I'd moved from my tiny little 2.5 gallon minibow. Then I bought the Neons and two female Mollies, but I have since set up a separate tank just for the Mollies because they like to breed so much. I have recently added Panda Cories to the tank. Panda Cories are just about my favorite fish ever, along with bettas. Unfortunately, I seem to be having a difficult time keeping the Pandas alive, so I think I will end up with Dainty or Dwarf Cories in the near future.

10 Gallon Fish Tank

Speaking of Mollies, the other 10 gallon tank I have set up is a dedicated Molly tank. I thought that the three little fry I found in my 10 were so cute. Little did I know that many more fry were on their way. This tank is also running with a Penguin 100 filter and a 50 watt heater. This tank is my biggest challenge. Not only are there a ton of growing fry (I tried to set up a bigger aquarium but the desktop it was on was not holding the weight very well.) but it has a constantly growing number of pond snails, thanks to some plants that I was experimenting with. Yuck! This tank gets lots of water changes and various attempts of ridding the tank of snails.

Cory catfish

The next tank is a 5 gallon minibow that is the home of The Betta Formerly Known As Prince, but I call him Prince for short. He is a red and purple Crowntail betta who's spoiled and he knows it. He has one ornery ghost shrimp as a tank mate. The shrimp was an experiment to see what my boy would do with a tank buddy, so I named him Tempura because I figured he'd be lunch. Boy was I wrong! For the most part they leave each other alone, with the occasional little argument. Tempura usually holds his own, if not chasing after Prince to put him in check. They are my comedy group. This tank has a Tetra filter and a 25 watt heater.

5 Gallon Minibow Aquarium Prince Betta

My 3 gallon is an Eclipse tank with a 25 watt heater. This tank houses my mother's black and blue Veiltail betta, Red. This feisty little guy was bought before we knew the truth about bettas needing tanks and filters. After I researched and bought my Crowntail boy, Prince and I showed my mother the difference between the two bettas, I convinced her to let me set up the old 3 gallon that my brother had used as a kid as long as I did all the tank maintenance. This is the only tank I have that has live plants at the moment. Red seems to really enjoy them, where as my other fish enjoyed eating them.

3 Gallon Eclipse Fish Tank Betta

My fish get fed once a day with flake food, the Cories and Shrimp get sinking pellets, and the bettas get a mixed diet of the betta food in a jar, blood worms, and an occasional thawed pea piece. The tanks are all set up on timers, so the lights go on and off at the same time every day, and each tank has an air stone.

Future Plans

The next thing I will be doing to my fish tanks is to research and put a smaller type of Corydoras in my 10 gallon. I really enjoy all the Cory antics!

The next step in my life will be to move into a dorm at the end of August to get my Bachelors Degree so that I can teach Elementary School. The dorm I will be living in allows aquariums up to 10 gallons, so I will be bringing my Betta and 5 gallon tank with me. My mom is being awesome and has told me that she will feed my fish while I am in school, so that I do not have to get rid of my fish. School is only 45 minutes away, so I will come home on weekends and do water changes. In order to make life easier, I'm going to try to cut down on tanks. (EEK!) I am about to sell all my Mollies to one of the fish stores in town, so that will leave me with an empty 10 gallon. That is it for the next year or two! I also have a 20 gallon aquarium in my garage waiting for when I graduate from college. I would love a really large freshwater aquarium in the future and possibly a saltwater tank too. I know I am going to have more Bettas. They're addicting, especially seeing everyone's gorgeous boys and girls here on the betta forum!


I'd like to thank my parents for putting up with all the aquariums in my room and all my fish crazyness. I'd like to thank my mom for letting me spout off to her about my fish troubles, and my dad for taking out all my fish that passed away when I was younger because I was too sad to do it.

I'd like to thank my boyfriend for helping me set up tanks, move tanks, rearrange decor, carry water change buckets, and also for pulling me away from the betta cups at the fish chain stores so that I do not end up with a thousand bettas.

And last but not least, thanks to all the members at FishLore. Without you I am 100% sure I would not have successful fish tanks, let alone the MTS (Multiple Tank Syndrome) that I have today. Special thanks to all the members that have beautiful bettas, without you I would not have been bitten by the betta bug!

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