26th June 20:54
My new tank adventure (live filters)
I got to setup my new 55g tank at my new apartment... hooray!
It's been quite the adventure so far... I filled it up and had it all
setup and then when I went to setup the filter I had one of those slow
realizations that I hadn't left any room behind the tank. The last 3
tanks I setup had internal filters, and I just had a brain cramp. Bleh.
So I had to empty most of the tank and then move it
I got a whole mess of plants too, which should be interesting since
I've never really had live plants before. I suspect a fair bit wont
last, but hopefully at least some will.
Right now all I've got in it is my beta... he's so happy
Ok that's all... I'm just really happy to finally have a decent tank.
26th June 20:54
My new tank adventure (live fish back)
Speaking of bettas...
I was at a LFS the other day (buying plants) and I saw that among their
cups and cups of bettas they have a whole bunch of cups with females
I've never had too much luck keeping a male betta in a community
tank... the fins are just too tempting for the others... but what about
the females? I've always loved the way my male bettas act. They seem a
lot more curious than a lot of other fish I've kept, and it seems as
though they're constantly patrolling the tank. Do the females act like
Do you think some females would be an ok addition to my tank? It's
going to have a pair of kribs, and a pair of rams in there, and it's
got quite a full live plants, though I wouldn't consider it to be a
'jungle tank' or anything like that.
I guess I'm just really hurting for ideas of what to put in the tank.
My kribs are bi-polar... one minute they're ultra-passive pushovers
getting beaten up by my rams and then the next minute the rams have to
be moved to another tank because they're getting torn to shreds. I
guess I need something that's tough and willing to defend itself, but
won't go looking for a fight.
If the female bettas would be ok, how many would be best? Oh and the
male betta is going back to his bowl, so don't worry about that.
26th June 20:55
My new tank adventure (point fish back)
Actually, in a 55g, you can probably keep a male Betta with several females.
A lot depends on the nature of the male. This also applies to having a male
in a community tank. Some let themselves get pecked to distraction, while
others won't take it.
I kept all my female Bettas in a planted 60g tank, and I would periodically
drop in a male which was looking a little down or not eating. Nothing like
20-30 females to perk them right up. Over a year and about 8-10 male
Bettas, I never had any problems. The males would quickly get sold as they
coloured up so nicely with all that appealing company. Occasionally an
alpha female would get a bit boisterous, but they are not bad, especially in
a planted tank and especially when there are many other females. I'd go for
4 or 5 females, but ymmv as Bettas (male & female) are particularly
I also had a 60g tank filled with Zebra danios (about 150-200 of them, using
commercial-grade filtration of course). I often kept a male Betta in that
tank, but it was hit or miss on which ones I could put in. The sequence was
as follows: after floating the Betta cup for 10 minutes, I would release
him and he would be immediately surrounded by over 100 curious danios, all
keeping a space of about 2-3 inches from the Betta. The danios would get
more courageous and close in on the Betta, until one got too close. At this
point, the Betta would either make a dash for the plants (and I would net
him out and put him back in his cup) or he would flare up and increase the
diameter of his 'space' forcing all the danios back a bit. After a few
minutes of flaring and posturing, the danios decided that acting in unison,
this fish was too dangerous, and danios are usually not so aggressive as to
act as a pack. Then the Betta, who had established himself as the ruler,
would then swim back & forth (surveying his territory) with only the rare
encounter with a danio (usually to give them a passing flare to keep their
distance). This won't help predicting what your Betta will do, but it gives
you an idea of their behaviour. Note that if the Betta is first in the
tank, he has the mental advantage of territorial first-rights, so will be
less likely to suc***b to harassment.
27th June 04:36
My new tank adventure (glowlight betta big blue point)
So this is what I've been missing?? I moved my fish into their new
tank, and all I can say is WOW.
- 2 glowlight tetras (going to add more... more on these in a sec)
- 2 male kribs (one of which is the other ones daddy, but the baby one
is about an inch long)
- 1 female krib
- 13 krib fry (a few months old)
- male betta
- male blue ram
The glowlight tetras have thus far been indestructable. They've been
through a lot too... they've survived:
- being in my first tank. I didn't know what I was doing and I put 5
glowlights, 5 neons, and a betta in a 5 gallon tank.
- an ich outbreak that whiped out everything else in their tank.
- spawning kribs & rams.
Anyways back to my point. Before whenever I'd tried to combine this
assortment of fish it NEVER worked. Before transfering, I had the big
male krib in a tank of his own, the female one in another tank with a
divider in it and the babies on the other side, and the rams and the
smaller male krib in another tank and the betta in a bowl.
But now... I figured that I'd just put everything in the tank and sort
of let it be a free for all. I fully expected the fry would end up a
snack for someone, and I expected to have to remove the betta and put
him back in his bowl. Boy was I wrong.... The betta stays in the top
half of the tank, and the kribs stay in the bottom. They're not
interested in each other at all. The baby kribs follow the other fish
around all day. Nobody has shown any interest in eating them (yet), and
they're really funny to watch. 3 of them seem to think that they're
glowlights, and they try to keep up with them as they go around the
tank. Another pair seems to think that they're rams and they never
leave his side. The rest stay close to the other kribs.
I suspect more babies will be on their way soon as well. Both the big
male and the female have colored up right away, and they've been
showing for each other a lot. I thought this would mean trouble for the
smaller krib, but so far it hasn't. He mostly stays away from the two,
and when he doesn't the bigger one intimidates him away. Haven't seen
any fin nipping whatsoever yet.
Maybe once the kribs have some more babies things will change in the
tank and it'll become the nightmare my old tanks were... but wow, what
a difference a little space makes.
27th June 19:32
My new tank adventure
Hmm, so that's 90+60+29+20= 199g. So pick up a nice 180g and tell her
you are downsizing ;~). Someone posted on a company bulletin board, free
200g tank. The last thing I need is another aquarium, especially one I
can't carry, but that didn't prevent me from calling. I was the 2nd
caller so I didn't get it, and you just know that an opportunity like
that is not going to happen again (at least not in my lifetime).
27th June 19:33
My new tank adventure (betta fish)
advice for who ever wanted to breed the betta,....they bulid a bubble
nest and your pH has to be just right, best bet would be to remove the
filter, you usely have to let your tank get dirty. or use pond water.
and if you have other fish in the tank 9 times out of ten it is going to
be a failed attempt on getting baby bettas. my aunt use to breed them
and i wanted to breed my male. i thought it was funny b/c when his tank
started getting dirty he started buliding a bubble nest. but if you are
looking into breeding don't get attached to the female as she will die
after laying eggs. but best of luck and that has to be one happy betta
in that 55 gallon to him self i might add.
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27th June 19:33
My new tank adventure
I suggested that to my wife, and she said "OK -pause- and take it with you
to your new apartment" LOL
I must admit, she does put up with allot. Actually, I just finished painting
the outside of the house (my vacation), so I might be able to get something,