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  2. As far as I can tell from the photos you’re probably correct in your assessment of fin rot. He may also have velvet but I’d need a much closer photo particularly around the head. I honestly can’t remember if Furan also treats velvet but if it doesn’t you would want to give the poor guy a little rest for at least a week before starting on more medications. Just so his organs can recover a bit. Not losing his appetite is a good sign. Velvet requires light thrive so I would cover his tank completely with a towel making it’s a total blackout in there. This will also help him sleep and rest. It’s fine to unwrap and check on him as many times as you like. Just cover up again. Try to remove poop as quickly as possible. Just suck it out with a turkey baster or similar. Uneaten food should be removed immediately. I’d watch him while he eats and remove anything still left after 5-10 minutes. Let us know how he gets on.
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  4. Bettarazzi


    Hi Angie. Welcome. This is pretty quiet these days. But please do ask away and I’ll my best to respond as quickly as possible.
  5. Hi Scott. I’m Michael. Welcome to the forum. And welcome back to the hobby. I think it’s great that you’re involving your kids. I was introduced to the hobby when I was 12 but didn’t have a mentor with any knowledge at all. It was basically, here’s a tank and a box of old equipment, do what you like. There was a shop only a 20 minute walk away from my home. My best friend (who lived a couple of doors away) and I spent so much time and most of our pocket money there. I think we stripped that tank and redecorated it nearly every week. I doubt the filter ever made it through a cycle. It was the best time of my life. But I do laugh now when I think about how clueless I was. Shops should be able to order killies from the wholesaler but the quality might be hit and miss. The varieties will also be limited. You should join the Killifish Australia group on Facebook. Serkan Alasya is in that group. He’s been the most consistent breeder of killies in Australia for at least 30 years if not longer. He’s the absolutely best person in the country to get you going with killies. Based in Canberra. I’m not a fan of importing specifically selected bettas. But this is the way people get exactly what they want. It’s expensive and there’s no guarantee those fish will breed. The fish looking a lot different from the photos is also a common complaint. I’ve spent thousands of dollars on imported fish and have nothing to show for it except regret. It’s far better I feel to keep trying with local breeders and shops. Brisbane Betta Breeders are the most active club at the moment and most likely able to get a decent pair in your hands. I’m also looking at getting back into breeding bettas and I’ll be starting with the Brisbane folk and scouring local shops. The shops order fish from the wholesaler sight unseen which is why the quality is so variable. It’s not that the wholesaler doesn’t have good bettas. Females are still an issue though. Nano Tanks Australia in Sydney is worth having a chat with for both killies and bettas. They’re used to dealing with customers from around the country and have a particular interest in niche species. But they are a shop and there are limitations. Good luck with the search and please let us know how you get on. This forum is so quiet these days it would be nice to get it going again.
  6. Hi All, I am Scott, I have been a hobbyist for the past 40 years on and off (work permitting), been out of the hobby for the past five years and finding myself getting back in and involving my two kids (12f,9m) into it. They have their own 2ft tanks that I help them maintain. I have found myself interested in bettas and killis at times, but never found a way in. The shops have no killis, and bettas never seem to be in a good environment and have not seen any good quality females. Started in the hobby as a kid with a community tank, found cichlids, loved my shell dwellers and mouth brooders. Discovered ANGFA, and love natives though work killed my ability to go to meetings (ex-telco often with 24/7 committments). Only have a few tanks now (3), but used to have a lot more before kids.
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  8. Hello everyone.. This is my boy that I've had for about two years. I've never had any issues with him and I keep up with his tank's water quality. Unfortunately with covid and my line of work I was working for about 2 weeks straight. I did my weekly water change when I was able to but but I was not able to thoroughly check up on him as often as I like to. He is in a 15g with about 5 otocinclus catfish. I don't remember the exact parameters when I did the water change but I believe there was a slight increase in the ammonia (possibly from my husband adding 2 of the otos earlier that week). I realized he was insanely lethargic when I fed him one day and upon further inspection I saw his fins were in bad shape. Before anything I interrogated my husband because he was in charge of the feeding that particular week lol but I immediately took a better look at the otos and they seemed fine so I moves the betta to my hospital tank and I'm at the tail end of a Furan treatment. Now, he never lost his appetite but he would lay at the bottom and I'd see his eyes fix on me when I went to check on him (broke my heart) and he wouldn't move. Luckily he seems a lot more active throughout the day and doesn't just lay at the bottom anymore. My concern is that although I have dealt with fin rot once in the past, this seems different.. the fins seem almost pinched. And I don't mean clamped.. I mean literally pinched at the tips. They're perky compared to his first day in the h.t but I'm concerned its something else. I'd also like advice on whether I should take any other steps with the 15g and otos before he is reintroduced after healing. I'll include some photos.. the one with flash was when I first moved him over, the darker one is of his fins now.. Any information and/or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  9. SheVibes


    Hi, my name is Angie. Ive been keeping fish for years but these last (about) 2 years I've been taking the hobby more seriously. I joined the forum for questions I might have that google can't help with. I prefer asking for advice from people with experience.
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  11. Tfong


    Hi! I’m an amateur and currently have a betta in a planted Fluval Spec V. Hoping to gain some fish keeping knowledge from this forum. Thanks!
  12. I am newbie who has just entered the world of betta fish, please teach me to study it in deeper and more detail
  13. Dewoajip


    Want to know if I cross my male plakat patterned copper with female CT black orchid, what would be the result ?
  14. kd0603

    new member

    had fish for 35 plus years discus for 15 to 20 of them til time and kids threw a spanner in that bucket now i have killis, l numbers , a few natives in ponds and a community tank to keep the wife happy with so called prerty fish
  15. Yay, I plan on buying a betta barracks if I can find one that will be delivered to west Qld.
  16. Tegantnt


    Morning, Newbie to the forums. Just want to get a feel of the Betta barracks world. Love them ! From west Qld. Have 5 bettas. Tank of Oscars and cichlids. Another of just cichlids. Community tanks are my thing. Hope to enjoy the site I guess hahaha
  17. Hi all. I live on the Central Coast of NSW and have been in the Hobby for a bit over 25 years. I started out with a mixed STH American Chiclid aquarium and have since tried most other locations. I think i peaked a few years ago with a 200Gal High Tech Planted Discus tank but this burnt me out. Have always had tanks but the last few years it was back to basics and only kept 1 Tanganyika 4 foot and another 4 foot with Rainbows. In the last year or so i have really taken a liking to Nano tanks and their inhabitants and currently have 3 Nano tanks a 3 foot Bookshelf that i keep a pair of Betta Imbellis 1 High tech cube that has a solo Female Elephant Ear Betta and a small 60long with a colony of Multi's. I plan on getting more seriously into Breeding Wild Bettas and Killifish in the future.
  18. Hi, I am an aquarium enthusiast and also have a very very large pond that I'm hoping to source a Chinese high-fin banded shark for to help with algae control. Any recommendations on where to buy in Australia would be appreciated
  19. Brock

    New member

    Currently have a tank with a betta some neon tetras a bristlenosed pleco and snails (unknown species came on a plant)
  20. Hi team fishy! I am setting up a new aquarium- filter, tank, lights and want to get the right equipment to set up a 50ish litre aquascaped aquarium initially for goldfish. I have experience with freshwater and tropical fish so know how important it is to get it right from the start beginning with quality equipment. I've read some reviews about aquaone gear that havent been favourable and would prefer to start with gear that will last like eheim. If there is a thread on this subject already I would be grateful if you could point me to it. So many thanks in advance, I look forward to be in awe of all your tanks when I scroll through the photos! 🙏
  21. Smorgon

    Hi guys!

    I just found this forum and thought it interesting to look through the member posts about fish keeping. I love the hobby with a couple tank racks in my shed and always looking to chat with likeminded fish keepers.
  22. Have tried everything, the cloudy eye keeps coming back By everything I mean even voodoo dolls, no, just joking. Garlic soaked feeding, antibiotics, pristine water, water changes, catappa leaves... the thing comes and goes as in clears and comes back This Betta otherwise looks absolutely normal. I absolutely adore it. He knows to wait until I make his food sink. which is how I have been feeding him because on the surface he misses it. So he waits for me to sink his feed. Highly intelligent beautiful cobalt blue with a few scales covering his eyes. Was not for this dam eye cloud Today I have introduced a "ready to go" female in his tank and he was absolutely gorgeous as he courted that babe. ANY insights would be highly appreciated Thank you all in advance
  23. RoopG

    New Member

    Hi I am a beginner fish keeper. Have had 2 tanks so far both during my time in South Africa. Since I now call Australia home setting up a new 55g freshwater tank with plans for some amazing aquascaping and a community angel tank or discus tank, still debating that.... Looking to connect with local fishkeepers and breeders in Sydney, very interested to talk to members who swap fish or can help out with some healthy and well bred stock. Cheers Rg
  24. Welcome Akrosfer. Good luck with the breeding efforts.
  25. Hello. We have two couples of mature bettas in our home. We could meet their needs to have betta fry twice and now we want to improve the process to have more qualified bettas. We would like to have access to the info in your forum. Thank you for your kindness.
  26. Hi everyone. I’m a beginner fish keeper, and have been learning by going through Facebook aquarium groups, and eventually stumbled across this forum. Unfortunately I was one of those people who thought/was told that bettas only need small tanks. Thankfully I knew that they had to have heaters and filters. Currently my betta (Master Barty) is in a 7 litre planted tank, however he’s about to get a upgrade!!! His 7L is going to house some shrimp, but I don’t know where to put him. I have a 21L tank that has 7 neon tetras, 6 guppies, 3 panda corries, a single loach and I’m guessing about 15 cherry shrimp. I also have a 60L tank that I have started cycling today, with no live stock in it (will not put stock in until lit has fully cycled) Now I’m wondering if I should put master Barty in the smaller tank by himself, or in the larger one with some other fish, or even put him in the bigger tank with some of the fish from the 21L ? 🤯🤯🤯 He is my favorite fish by far, and the larger tank is in a more central location where I would look at that tank more, I don’t know what to do 🤷‍♀️ what would you do? If I do put him in the 60L tank, what tank mates should I put with him, and how do I safely do this? Float in a bag of water and air like the fish shop and then watch for a bit? Thanks if you managed to get this far! Pictures of each of the tanks 😊 And the biggest tank will be planted heaps more, just awaiting more plants to be delivered.
  27. Hi! The Facebook group for this forum came up while I was looking for some information about fishkeeping in groups on Facebook. I have 3 tanks (largest one is cycling atm), and am looking for advice on what livestock to put in which tank, and how to move them safely from one tank to another. I also need help with some lighting for a nano tank! Hope I can be approved, so I can start learning and ask questions in the appropriate board. Thanks! May good health find you and your fish!
  28. Hi all, I'm just curious if anyone has had yabbies and goldfish together. I currently have 4 goldfish, a beta fish and two yabbies, ( did have three. ) But one of the yabbies are completely physco! It attacked the smaller one and killed it, attacks the huge ass yabby (3x the size), attacks the fish. I've actually had to move it into our other tank as it almost killed our big goldfish. I know it's not guaranteed to live with other species, but the big yabbie will let the fish touch him and doesnt have a problem. This one just attacks everything.
  29. Hi, I have an Albino Cory that I noticed this morning has a lump under it and is swimming around erratically and kinda madly. The tank has 3 Cardinal Tetras as well. I took the video just prior to posting. I have added some Melafix in appropriate quantities too. I’m mostly wondering if my housemate and I have been feeding it too much. It’s likely getting one algae wafer a day..... I have read things on other international fish forums about shelled peas..... Any advice would be much appreciated! Levels yesterday: pH: 7-7.2 Ammonia: 0 Nitrites: 0 Nitrates: 40-80 (I added some Refresh to hopefully help with this) Thanks Shannon 487B40BB-6418-420D-A861-4B8FDD83FEAD.MOV
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