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  1. Sooo bloody hot in the fishroom/bar, I have cooler blocks in and the fan blowing over the water to try and get the temp down below 35 deg. Just discovered a dead fish and most are looking distressed. Grrrr!

    1. Sarah

      Sarah

      Sorry about the dead fish Shadoh. :(

      Hope you get get it down. Sometimes sinking the ice bricks (preferably over an air-stone) can help it get down a few degrees.

  2. Set up a blogger account to sell my fish from. Now just have to find the time to photograph the fish I want to sell...

    1. Sarah

      Sarah

      Hey, you should make a button of your logo. It will display the HTML code underneath it, and people can easily link to your site.

      It is super easy - I do it in like, 10mins. :)

    2. shadoh

      shadoh

      I'm kina new to the world of blogging, how do you do it?

    3. Sarah

      Sarah

      This is the link I used first - http://freedomtobark.blogspot.com/2009/07/adding-text-area-box-to-display-html.html

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  3. Just spent 2 hours trying to find which females have been shredding their fellow sisters fins. Discovered 2 males, just starting to sprout hiding in the turrets of the castle. Some of these are taking forever to mature. I thought I only had girls left in the juvie tank...

    1. Sarah

      Sarah

      What a shame.

      I really thought it was that pastel boy. Hope you caught them all now.

    2. shadoh

      shadoh

      Just caught a 3rd. THe only thing that makes them stand out is their long ventrals, which they kept hidden by keeping them tucked up. :) I know their game now...

  4. Happy birthday mate! Hope you have a good one!

  5. Ahhh!!! 4th juvie this week to blow out his tail!!!

    1. Hood

      Hood

      Having a bad run mate?

  6. Setting up spawn tank for next spawn. Got sick of waiting for current lot to grow big enough for F2. By the time spawn tank is empty, current fry should be big enough for F2

    1. Sarah

      Sarah

      That sounds nice. Interesting pairing, maybe you'll get another spawn of mixed-colours. :)

    2. shadoh

      shadoh

      I will for sure, as he is a marble. They both carry DT too!!! :)

    3. Sarah

      Sarah

      Wow.. I'm impressed already!

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  7. Almost lost yet another of my juvies. Mr Lavender jumper the barrier into Jeckle's barrack and shredded him severely. I've lowered water levels to prevent it hapenning again and hoping that Jeckle will pull through and heal.

    1. shadoh

      shadoh

      He seems to be more like himself today. Just have to wait for him to heal... Mr Lavender is sold, but I am "babysitting" him until Cathy comes back from holidays up north. I get to enjoy him for an extra 3 weeks!

    2. Sarah

      Sarah

      That's good to hear - both about Jeckle, and fishsitting. :))

    3. Hood

      Hood

      Hope he comes good for you mate. No-one likes losing fish.

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  8. This is not shaping up to be a good week. I've just gone to do today's waterchange of the barracks and Migaloo is dead :( He somehow wormed himself in between the glass divider and the opaque plastic I use to card them. Grrrrr!

    1. kermadum

      kermadum

      Oh no!! That's terrible.

    2. Sarah

      Sarah

      Oh I'm sorry Shadoh!

      That is such horrible news. :((

    3. delyall

      delyall

      Oh no! Sorry Shadoh :(

  9. I left the lids off my adult bettas jars after feeding them yesterday. I went out then came home to find Pam had jumped into my PK boy's jar and he had killed her :( Note to self: ALWAYS double check you have put lids back on...

  10. U2 concert tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Yanagi

      Yanagi

      Looking for the like button, cannot find. Sadness.

    2. shadoh

      shadoh

      What a great night. Glad I went!

  11. All fish removed from barracks to bare bottom jars. Just found my yellow dragon female dead. Same as the others - no symptoms, water parameters perfect. Although they are in barracks, the water is not filtered via a sump, so they don't share water

    1. Sarah

      Sarah

      Oh Shadoh! That is such.. so horrible. Was the sand in with her?? If so.. you should take it OUT. Good they don't share water. I wonder what it is.

    2. shadoh

      shadoh

      All the fish have been in with the sand for the past couple of months, so I had assumed it was safe. Last couple of weeks I have had a brown algae appear in the barracks and have been scrubbing that off every couple of days. All my fish are now safely in jars until I can empty, clean and sterilize the barracks. Going to keep the floor bare from now on. Easier to keep clean anyway.

    3. Sarah

      Sarah

      Yeah, bare bottom is easier to clean. I would blame that brown algae. Good luck, I hope it won't strike again.

  12. Eric, the father of my current spawn died sometime today. Same as my crowntail earlier this week. No symptoms, water parameters fine. I'm getting worried. I've never used sand as a substrate before and i'm starting to worry it has something to do with it...

    1. shadoh

      shadoh

      Not that it should make a difference in this warmer weather, but I discovered I had left the heater off after yesterdays water change...

    2. Bettarazzi

      Bettarazzi

      Go with your gut. If you suspect the sand, remove it.

    3. somchai2500

      somchai2500

      I go with bettarazzi on this..The quality of sand being River or Ocean., has a lot of undesirable elements that can not be tested for. Including some forms of algae that are toxic. Case in point is the Brown Algae bloom that remains dormant in a dry state and has devastated NZ rivers.

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  13. Ahhh! My black lace crowntail male died today... :(

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    2. Sarah

      Sarah

      That's good. Can you get a male without another female, or are you going to buy a new pair, and have a backup female?

    3. Hood

      Hood

      That is lucky... do you have a replacement partner for the female?

    4. shadoh

      shadoh

      No, not yet. Keeping an eye out though.

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  14. Just finished a hectic week at work. Time to play with the fish! I am currently building an overhanging barracks for the jarred fry out of plastic mesh...

    1. fishbites

      fishbites

      Sounds like an interesting design there... don't forget to share pics when you're finished :)

    2. shadoh

      shadoh

      Hmmm, didn't work... Back to the drawing board...

    3. Sarah

      Sarah

      Oh sorry to hear that. The next idea will be even better.

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  15. Heckle and Jeckle have changed overnight from peaceful synchronized swimmers to a tag team killing squad. I just found a dead fry with obvious battle wounds and caught the little buggars attacking another. Poor thing now only has 1 ray of dorsal left. The killer twins have been jarred!

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    2. Sarah

      Sarah

      Maybe you could put them in their own tank (if you have one to spare) and watch them carefully. Though I would be worried that sooner or later they would be "big Bettas" and not like each other at all.

      I had two females like H&J, they got really depressed when they were apart. I thought it kinda creepy, so slowly weened them apart, and I'm glad I did as one was killed by a male. At least H&J can see each other, that ought to count as something.

    3. shadoh

      shadoh

      LOL... I didn't want to go to the tank one day and discover they had turned on one another. Besides, this means they will grow with pristine finnage... Sorry Sarah, tank space is pretty tight at the moment, so coke bottle torture chambers it is until they get bigger...

    4. Sarah

      Sarah

      Too bad. They'll just have to suffer. :P

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  16. Migaloo had blowen a huge nest in his jar. I am so proud of my boy. I should start a photo album. "baby's first flare", "Baby's first bubble nest"... LOL

    1. fishish

      fishish

      lol oh do! :D ehehe

    2. shadoh

      shadoh

      :D I love this forum... makes me feel more normal by the day... LOL

    3. fishish

      fishish

      lol as Oscar Wilde said "the only normal people are the ones you don't know very well" ;)

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  17. Moving the fry into the 4ft tank was the best thing I could have done! In just 3 days, colours have intensified and by comparing pics taken Friday, visable fin growth on my 2 hopefuls!!!

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    2. shadoh

      shadoh

      When I woke up this morning, I was confused as to why I wasn't in the fish room. This is really getting out of hand!

    3. Sarah

      Sarah

      Aww.. I've had dreams in the past with huge nests, lots of fry.. waking up - WHERE ARE THEY?!?!

      Though my tanks are actually in my room, so I didn't need to go far. :)

    4. fishish
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  18. OK, so who bought the new pair of Pink Carnations from someone? You have to be quick around here! :)

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    2. shadoh

      shadoh

      Somehow I knew you wouldn't stop at 1 pair! Congrats :)

    3. fishish

      fishish

      lol I had to restrain from more than two ;)

    4. shadoh

      shadoh

      Yeah, I remember the only thing that was stopping me buying more last visit to JL was the contents (or lack there of) of my bank balance...

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  19. Ahh! Why have all my beautiful clean pastel fry been cursed with red wash? Did I offend the Betta Gods? Did I count my bettas before they hatched?

    1. Sarah

      Sarah

      Don't worry, they lost the red-wash before, they can lose it again. All part of the marbles I guess. :)

  20. Big day ahead tomorrow. Jarring up the biggest fry, moving all remaining babies to my 4ft tank to grow out, then setting up my next pair to spawn!

    1. Sarah

      Sarah

      That's no fair.. can we have a clue? Pretty pleaseee??? With a cherry on top. :P

    2. shadoh

      shadoh

      A clue...hmmm... let's see... They are bettas :P

      OK it is my black lace crowntail and my black dragon female (Tara).

    3. Sarah

      Sarah

      Sounds great! Thanks for sharing.. see when you add a cherry you always get a really good clue. ;P

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  21. Happy Birthday! :)

  22. Happy Birthday! :)

  23. So annoyed right now. One of my boys (Eric, father of my current spawn) jumped his barrier into the barrack of my yellow HM dragon girl. Must have happened during last nights water change. Now my girls fins are shredded and I was planning on setting her up with my multi HM boy this weekend... GRR!

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    2. shadoh

      shadoh

      I've decided to hold off and wait until the yellow dragon female has healed. I'm going to put Tara with my black orchard CT male instead...

    3. paul

      paul

      Noice - what colour combo on the black orchid?

    4. shadoh
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  24. Yes! I have a yellow fry!

    1. shadoh

      shadoh

      I haven't heard that before Sarah. I would say it would be more a case of NR being harder to produce. I guess we'll find out soon enough if I have a yellow boy :)

    2. Sarah

      Sarah

      Cool. Hopefully you will have a nice yellow male & female. :)

      I think I read that somewhere on Betta Talk.. but I'm not quite sure. Something about how any breeder will be super impressed if you bred yellows. I'll look into it. :)

    3. Sarah

      Sarah

      Sorry, I've been looking heaps, but cannot find it. :(

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  25. Sick of waiting for my fry to grow up. Don't they come with a fast forward button or something?

    1. fishish

      fishish

      A watched fish never grows ;)

    2. shadoh

      shadoh

      Nor does one boil! ;p

    3. fishish

      fishish

      Well thats good! Keep watching them then! lol

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