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    Bettas, naturally!<br />And horses.<br />And chocolate.<br />
  1. ;) Seven concurrent spawns??!! You had SEVEN on the go at the same time??!! Good grief, woman, it's a wonder you had time to feed yourself and your family, much less the fry! Sue
  2. What a brilliant idea, Quokka! I would never have thunk of that myself! Sue
  3. Oh yeah, I can SO relate to what you're saying, Calli!!! These guys are just SO addictive, I bought one, then another, then another ... and before I knew it, my whole spare bedroom had been turned over to bettas, and I spent a good portion of each evening doing water changes, etc. And don't talk to me about the time spent on feeding each morning and night.... Just looking at the fry took up heaps of time, too. It all became too much like work, so I cut down on my numbers (took my females to a lfs, stopped spawning pairs). Sue
  4. That's my conclusion too, Phil. Sue
  5. :lol: He certainly is a stunner!!!! Sue
  6. Thanks everyone for your replies. I'll advise my friend NOT to try mixing bettas and killies! Sue
  7. A friend of mine has asked whether Killi fish and bettas can live together, so I thought I'd ask the experts. Any advice would be appreciated. Sue
  8. A very tricky topic indeed, Ms Abbey! For me, keeping the fish in a situation which promotes its health and wellness (to quote Vicki), and enables it to display normal behaviour is very important. But, having said that, I keep my horse in a private paddock and she only has social interaction (scratching, nuzzling) with the horse in the paddock next door. Horses are herd animals, therefore I am not practising what I preach! I could argue that she’s low down in the hierarchy and has been physically injured in the past when kept in a herd situation, but I know that the main reason I keep her on her own is purely for my convenience. We all have our own ideas about what is best for the animals in our care – and sometimes our ideas about welfare are not shared by the next person. Sue
  9. I measured the tanks (duh!) to work out how long and wide to make the shelves. Then I measured how much room/space I needed above the tanks to enable me to comfortably remove the lids, etc. Because I allowed quite a bit of space between shelves, my stands ended up quite tall. Eventually I used the top shelf for my change water, which gravity fed into the tanks on the middle and bottom shelves (easy peasy). I keep a milk crate in my fish room as a step, for easier access to the top shelves. I made my tank stands with three shelves. The bottom shelf was from memory around 20cms from the floor, to enable me to carry out water changes fairly easily. I made mine out of extra think pine, thicker than required, but I was also concerned about the weight of water in my tanks. I also used extra thick coach bolts, partly because of the weight issue, but also because they were the coach bolts I used when I built my horse yards/stables/etc. The first stand I made was a double one, to take 2 x 2 foot tanks on each shelf. Because I was concerned about the weight, I made it with 3 pairs of legs, ie one pair in the middle, but they kinda interfered with access, and the weight of the stand made it difficult to move it around. The next stands I made were designed to fit only one 2 foot tank on each shelf. To make the shelves, I turned the pine on its side cos it's much stronger that way. I got a bit fancy as I got more experienced, and counter sunk (I hope that's the right phrase!) the bolts. It really isn't a difficult task. I didn't bother to paint my stands, but painting would finish them off nicely. Building your own stands means you can custom design them to fit into the available space AND to suit your size tanks, etc. Have a look at the stands in lfs to see how they're made; you'll be surprised to see how easy it is. Before you buy the timber, draw up plans on paper, measure the lengths a couple of times just to be sure (cos that's the part I always got wrong!), then go to your hardware store for the pine. I really recommend you give it a go. It gives you a feeling of real satisfaction to be able to custom design and then build your tank stands. Sue
  10. BARGAINS!!!! The DT VT girl is intriguing; I look forward to seeing pics of young DT VTs. They should turn out to be really nice. I too suspect the spadetail is a girl. Sue
  11. I built shelving for my 2 foot tanks, so it ain't hard! I used pine and coach bolts - and it didn't break!!! Good luck. Sue
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    I like opaques too. I used to have an opaque CT boy I spawned with a couple of blue CT girls. Can't remember who I bought him from, but he was hardy and lived with me for over a year. Maybe some strains are hardier than others? Sue
  13. I reckon baby must be a female with that lovely pink frill. Young girls ALWAYS love to dress up in pink. Will she gain any more colour as she matures? Sue
  14. It sounds the perfect plant for someone like me who has two brown thumbs. Although I have managed to keep my java ferns alive - even the ones that I left in the bleach bath for over an hour.... It was touch and go for a while, but after about six weeks, they decided not to cark it and have tentatively grown a new leaf each. Phew!!! Sue
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