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Fish Lore Forum Member Spotlight on Chickadee - (Rose)!
In a few days, I decided that my baby deserved to have a bigger tank, so I went and bought an Eclipse 5 gallon Hex tank and proceeded to change the water every day to the tune of about 50 percent and let him do the cycle by himself although I had no idea that this is what he was doing.
It took me about 3 months to decide I needed some help and go to the internet to find some. I found Fishlore.com and Butterfly and Gunnie and my salvation and Azul's for sure. We both got along much better after that and I felt so much more comfortable that I bought a VASE (3 gallon) and fixed it with a Duetto filter and 25 watt filter and got another betta. So another little betta got to cycle his own "tank" and soon I decided he needed his own Eclipse tank but he only got a 3 gallon.
All this time, I was reading every betta book and magazine I could find about bettas and talking to everyone I could find who would talk to me about them. I found two vets here in town who actually liked fish but did not have time to have them but would talk to me about them. I found another friend online who liked to talk to me about them and I nearly talked their ear off. Then I found that the people at Drs. Foster and Smith would answer questions about fish health and they always had fish vet techs on duty and they always called you back. Then the people at Marineland started to send me information.
The people who supplied me with my fish were so helpful (I ordered all my fish online after the first one from Walmart as he was old when I bought him and did not live long and I could not face another early death.) I ordered from eBay stores: mikeswetpets for a couple of them and they were wonderful pets but then I found Miami Aquariums and my pet store of choice. I have ordered from them ever since and the bettas I have gotten from them have been without equal.
In the middle of all this, I became a moderator and helped to start the Betta section of Fishlore.com. The success of this section has been due to the wonderful group of owners of the bettas that we have and the addition of the new moderators that have added so much as much as mine and I am so proud of the whole section.
I now own four tanks, having graduated from 1 Eclipse Hex 5 and 1 Eclipse 3 gallon, through 3 Eclipse Hex 5 to 3 Eclipse 12 gallon and 1 Eclipse 2 25 gallon tall tank. My current fish population is (in all the tanks) 7 bettas (4 halfmoons, 1 doubletail halfmoon, 1 doubletail crowntail, 1 combtail); 14 Botia sidthimunki or Dwarf Loaches; 3 Yo-Yo Loaches; 3 Sterba's Cories; 11 Otocinclus catfish; 1 Queen Arabesque Pleco; 1 Clown Pleco; and 1 Gypsy King Tiger Pleco.
12 Gallon Fish Tank
15 Gallon Fish Tank
All my tanks water parameters have been running: ammonia 0; nitrite 0; nitrate below 10 for some time now. I did have some problems when I first began having tanks during the summer having high nitrates but now I use spring water during the summer to prevent this as the agricultural chemicals causes a rise in the nitrate levels in our tap water during the summer around here.
I want to thank many of the people (they know who they are) who have helped me to get equipment and supplies accumulated and set up. I want to thank the folks at mikeswetpets and Miami Aquariums for the lovely pets that I have enjoyed so much and Mike at Fishlore.com for this opportunity.
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