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My first big learning experience was with Floyd, the betta I'd had for over a year in a half-gallon fish bowl. When he got popeye, I decided to research, and discovered much to my amazement that bettas don't like those little bowls! I soon got him a proper tank.
The experience that affected me the most is when I got the sweetest, most beautiful betta named Rodya. I had only had him for a few days when he started acting sick, and within hours he'd developed dropsy and died the next day. For some reason he touched me deeply, and it was very hard to lose him. After I lost yet another betta, Dmitri, to similar causes, I decided to stop buying betas that are mass-bred and kept in poor conditions. I took my business to a local fish store that takes good care of their fish, and decided to focus on puffers.
My next tank is a 10 gallon freshwater tank. It has been set up since August 2008. I bought it as a 10 gallon goldfish kit from Petco. It has a Tetra Whisper HOB filter. I also got a 50W TopFin heater. I keep it at 80 degrees Fahrenheit. I replaced the incandescent bulbs with two 10W compact fluorescent bulbs. It's divided in half.
My third tank is a 5 gallon Minibow. I added a 50W TopFin heater to keep the tank at 80 degrees Fahrenheit. I replaced the incandescent bulb with a 10W compact fluorescent.
Fish, Plants, Invertebrates, Corals
Inverts - Just a handful of pond snails I threw into my betta tanks to breed for my puffers.
Fish - Green Spotted Puffers (Garth and Pistachio): they are both just under 2" each. I've had them since early July 2008. I feed them 6 times a week at most, with a meal consisting of a snail, live/frozen/freeze-dried brine shrimp, frozen plankton, or frozen/freeze-dried bloodworms. There are also many other kinds of food I've been considering getting for them. They'll eat anything as long as it's not vegetarian food. They start out rather docile, but get aggressive rather quickly, and I've found species-only setups are best for them.
Betta splendens (Winter, Donovan, and Emerson)- Two crowntails and one halfmoon dragon. I feed them on average once or twice a day. Their staple is Hikari Bio-Gold betta pellets. I also use Tetra color crisps, frozen/freeze-dried bloodworms, and occasionally frozen brine shrimp. I also give them a few bits of pea once a week. I've had them since August/September 2008. They all have very different personalities, and are a great joy to watch.
Cories (Baba O'Riley, Julia Dream, and Corporal Clegg)- They are C. trilineatus. I got them in mid-October 2008. I feed them with sinking shrimp pellets and algae wafers usually once a day, plus the food that falls to the bottom when feeding my betta. They are hilarious little fish.
Rubbernose pleco (Danno)- He's my algae crew. He does a good job keeping down the brown algae in my tank. I give him an algae wafer or a slice of zucchini or cucumber once or twice a week to supplement his diet. I've had him since August 2008. The only problem I've had with him was when he climbed up into the filter one night. Luckily his flipping woke me up so I could save him and he hasn't tried it since.
- 5+ gallon freshwater dwarf puffer tank. (Tetraodon travancoricus) Might also see if they are compatible with cories.
- 20-30 gallon light brackish Figure 8 puffer tank. (Tetraodon biocellatus)
- 55+ gallon highend brackish to saltwater Green spotted puffer tank. (Tetraodon nigroviridis)
- 100+ gallon saltwater tank for a porcupine puffer, plus refugium/sump. (Diodon holacanthus)
- 20 gallon freshwater Amazon puffer tank. (Colomesus asellus)
- 50 gallon saltwater Blue Dot Toby tank. (Canthigaster epilamprus)
- 30 gallon brackish Ceylon puffer tank. (Tetraodon fluviatilis)
- 30 gallon brackish Target puffer tank. (Tetraodon leiurus)
- 30 gallon saltwater Saddle Valentini Puffer tank.(Canthigaster valentine)
- 30 gallon brackish Topaz puffer tank. (Chelonodon sp.)
- 70 gallon saltwater Spiny Box Puffer tank. (Chilomycterus schoepfi)
- 100+ gallon freshwater Fahaka puffer tank. (Tetraodon lineatus)
- Non-puffers: Moray eels, freshwater eels, and ropefish.
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