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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
3:51 pm - hi im new, i love my betta but i have a question

I have a Betta Splenden call Nevan (DMC 3 dantes´s guitar) he is just like my icon image but with darker colors. ummm...this morning his head color change. his head is like pinkish-redish so bright but this morning is pink-gray color...is that normal?

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Tuesday, December 18th, 2007
5:17 pm - Ban the iPond!

"iPond . . . The gift they are trying to ban.

Photo: Rebecca Hallas

Reid Sexton and Daniel Dasey
December 16, 2007

A TINY fish tank that doubles as a music speaker has sparked outrage among animal activists and aquarists.

The iPond - up to 15 times smaller than the recommended tank size for the fish it contains - is proving a hit with Christmas shoppers.

One Sydney store has sold out of the $70 device and other outlets are reporting brisk sales.

But the RSPCA has called on the device to be banned because it is too small to provide fish with adequate oxygen supplies and a clean environment.

The iPond is sold nationally by the Pets Paradise and Pet Goods Direct chains. Users can play their iPods through a speaker built into the bottom of the brick-shaped tank.

The tank's water capacity is about 650millilitres once rocks are placed in it.

Pets Paradise is selling Siamese fighting fish with the iPond.

The fighting fish are native to South-East Asia and have a "labyrinth lung" that allows them to take in oxygen from air. Typically they live in puddles and rice paddies.

A Melbourne Aquarium spokesman said Siamese fighting fish required a minimum tank size of 10 litres - dramatically more than the iPond provides.

Animal Liberation Victoria's Noah Mark said he was disgusted by the invention.

Studies proved fish had memories well beyond a few seconds and were social creatures that experienced pain and boredom, he said.

"The fish in this thing does not look like it has very long to live and it can barely move," he said.

"Even if it does live it's not [a] life worth living ... it's really just a torture box."

Acoustics expert Jason Gedamke said there was no doubt noise from the speaker would escape into the water.

"The speaker is directly coupled to the outside of the tank ... [so] you are going to have a small level of sound introduced," Mr Gedamke said.

"It's the same as putting a fish tank on a speaker."

RSPCA spokesman Hugh Wirth said despite the fighting fish's ability to breathe air from the surface, the tank was far too small for it to receive adequate oxygen. The small volume of water would lead to rapid temperature change and this meant the tropical fish would not live long, he said. The iPond should be banned, Dr Wirth said.

Marketing manager for the Pets Paradise and Pet Goods Direct chains, Alyse-Grace Robertson, said the tanks had gone on sale in September and were selling briskly.

The group that manages the stores had received one formal complaint about the product.

Customers sometimes asked questions about the welfare of fish in iPonds.

"A few people ask, 'is the fish OK?"' Ms Robertson said. The chains were satisfied that fish in iPonds did not suffer.

She said before selling the tanks the chains had consulted the Pet Industry Association of Australia.

Output from the speakers was small and fish in iPonds seemed to flourish, she said.

A spokesperson for Apple said the company was willing to comment on its own products, but not on accessories made by third parties.

Source: The Sun-Herald, The Age"

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PS I am new to this community, so if this post is not allowed, please delete it, sorry.

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Friday, June 22nd, 2007
1:00 am - Superglue in fish tanks?

I'm thinking about making tank dividers like these ones, but was going to glue the binder bits into a frame so the whole thing can be pulled out and clipped into place elsewhere if needed instead of being stuck in the tank. I was wondering if superglue would be safe, as I can't find pure silicon sealant anywhere in town. My plan is to cut the canvas, glue the binder bits on all 4 sides, then put it in the tank and hold it in with clips on the top and suction cups on the bottom (bare bottomed breeding tank)

Any ideas? I can get a tiny tube of sealant but its like at pets at home and has less stuff in it then a small tube of toothpaste.

The tank is my betta tank in the bedroom, to separate a male and female betta, if that matters :) Its planted with live plants of all sorts.

thanks all!

x-posted everywhere!

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Tuesday, May 15th, 2007
9:32 am - Betta update and a newbie!

Well, It's been a while since I have updated about my fish, so I will post some of my bettas :)
lots of pics and stuffsCollapse )

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Saturday, April 7th, 2007
10:21 pm - Problems with my bettas (2 pics)

First, Erick is changing colours, which is a bit weird. Or is that normal? The black is spreading and he's getting metallic sea green stripes as seen in pic below.

Second, Mr Melinko's tail has many splits from a fight at the pet shop, and some of the splits go straight to his fin base, what can I do to help him heal besides frequent water changes? Should I add salt or something?

Thanks all in advance! More pics of Erick are Here and more pics of Mr Melinko are Here 
 -=+=- Piccies and Details Behind the Cut -=+=-Collapse )
Cross posted to every fishy place I know of, I really want to help my little fishies.</p>

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Wednesday, January 31st, 2007
4:48 am

Okay I didn't see anything about not posting add's for another community so I am letting you all know that I have created a betta community for whom ever wants to just show off there betta's!  Its under the cut,  if this is not allowed Let me know and I'm sorry! Beautiful_BettasCollapse )

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Saturday, January 27th, 2007
4:05 am

Okay I'm new here and I was wondering a few things.  I have been wanting Betta fish for the longest time,  and about a week before chirstmas (2006) I got a male crowntail betta. (Asher)  I had him in the tank that was given to me (he was an early christmas gift) but the current was to strong so I bought a new tank for him. ( New tank was 2.5 Gallon, had an air pump, and had a betta divider, I will post a picture of the box of the tank too.)  Asher has been in his new tank for about a month (give or take) and seemed to be doing fine,  so I got a second male betta and have them both in the same tank with the divider.    They can see each other but can't reach.  They are trying to stay in the same basic corner (Upper and inner wall by the divider) so they have been flaring up and displaying alot, Nathanial(my new betta) has gotten much darker since I put him in earlier today.  I was wondering if this is going to put to much stress on them?  I have a classic fish bowl (a larger one, I'll have two pictures of it)  and was wondering if it would be a bad idea to find another air pump to place under gravel in the fish bowl and transfer Nathanial into that.  And also I haven't gotten any decorations for my tank(s) yet because I wasn't sure what I should go with,  I want them to have a place or places to hide and feel more comfortable but,  should I go with live plants, and does anyone have suggestions as to what kind.  And if I get fake plants are the plastic leaves going to cut up on their fins?  I get paid tomorrow and was going to go browsing for plants and possible a new air pump, depending on if I swich out Nathanial.  I've been feeding Asher Just regular Betta Pellet Food (color-enhancing Fish Food) and I intend to get the two of them freeze dried blood worms as well,  I have been feeding asher once a day.  I have recently read that, that may be to much??  And I read through a few entries in here and another Betta Community, and saw quite a few referrls to feeding betta's peas I've never heard of that before...Okay Enough babbling and asking questions Time for Pictures of My Tanks (to give refferances to my entry and questions) and of my Beautifull betta fish Asher and Nathainal !!!

Okay Thats about it.. Thank you to anyone who can and does help me!!   


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Monday, January 15th, 2007
1:02 am


There is something wrong with my avalance. My crowntail.
His colors are fading away. His eyes changed to black and are sinking in a liAnd his fins are clamped. He doesn't eat, he just sits there.
I've had bad luck with crowntails lately.
But I searched on BettaTalk and the only thing close was something only fry get. He's about five or six months old.
I put some salt in there. And clean his bowl regularly. And put him by my females to maybe cheer him up [I read somewhere that it helps]
If anybody can tell me any advice I'd be greatful.

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Tuesday, October 17th, 2006
1:10 am - help again, please?

Hi again, fishy geniuses!

Just a short update on Louie the [former] Office Fish, originally mentioned HERE. I ended up waiting until saturday and cabbing him out of the office to my apartment to avoid the subway stress [for me and him]. Thanks so much everyone for your suggestions. Fortunately or unfortunately, his status remains the same- vaguely listless, but still swimming. His color is good, but he has no control over his direction/level in the water. I'm continuing to change his water more frequently than I used to, and offer him [tiny] servings of peas/brine shrimp/blood worms/pellets. The big problem now is, HE WON'T EAT. he has no interest in anything I offer him, and he hasn't eaten anything in at least 5 days. I know I have more time before I have to start to worry about him starving, but... if he doesn't eat, HOW can I get him better? Thanks again, everyone.

[xposted. Again.]

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Friday, October 13th, 2006
4:05 pm - fix or flush?

Hi fishy geniuses:

Unfortunately, my first post here isn't a very positive one. I am the owner of an "Office Fish", a betta splenden that came into our office as a promotional gift. He's been on my desk for about 8 months now, and he's been a happy, normal mascot here in my office. On monday, I came in and was sure he was about dead: listless, not moving, stuck at the bottom of the bowl. By the end of the day, I figured out he definately had Swim Bladder Disorder - he kept floating to his side, at the top of the bowl, when he was at rest. After I figured that out, I started treating: stress coat in the water, feeding him green peas on the end of a tooth pick. For the first two days, he seemed to be getting better - he wanted to eat the peas, and they seemed to be working [read: he pooped.]. Now, it's friday, I have to leave the office in an hour, and he hasn't wanted to eat anything [peas, bloodworms, pellets, you name it, I bought it for him] in two days. Should I put him through the stress of bringing him home with me? Is he suffering horribly? are my efforts to "fix" him totally futile, and I should just put him out of his misery? at this point, I'm not sure what else to do except wait. Thanks for any suggestions.

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Wednesday, October 11th, 2006
8:29 pm - Hey~

I'm new here ~ But not new to the Betta world~

I love Bettas~ There so pretty @@;

Anyways oo; I just wanted to show off my New Fishie, Chou ( Means Butterfly in Japanese ) . He's my third fish.. T_T I already had two that passed away. He's so pretty! <3 I got him over the weekend ^__^ .

Chou~ Image HeavyCollapse )

current mood: bouncy

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Monday, July 31st, 2006
5:48 pm - Giant and metallic plakats!

Public Service Announcement!

For those in the Los Angeles area, my LFS has in stock a few red giant plakats and some gorgeous regular sized metallic plakats (all silver-colored). Only a few giants left ($45 each), but a few more metallic ones left ($10). You have to ask for the metallic ones; they're up on a shelf away from their normal betta stock...

Sunset Pet Supplies
1373 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
(213) 482-9131

I was lucky enough to snag one of each; my giant is AMAZING! Hopefully some pictures to come... (sigh) and i told myself I wouldn't buy any more fish for a while.. oh well!

x-posted to bettafishowners, bettas, and bettasplendens

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Tuesday, July 11th, 2006
10:39 pm

I just wanted to say that my tail-biting betta has now stopped biting his fins, being offered my other betta to flare at for part of the day, and having his tank re-arranged. He has significant fin re-growth. Thanks for all the advice.

X-posted in other betta communities.

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Sunday, July 2nd, 2006
4:32 pm

i can't stop my betta from biting his fins. as soon as they get long enough for him to bite again, boom, they're gone. i've tried switching him from like 3 gallon to just a little bowl, i've tried putting him next to another betta to distract him, and i treat him with aquarium salt and melafix, but he just keeps getting worse and worse. what am i doing wrong?

x-posted to other betta communities

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Friday, June 9th, 2006
10:13 am


Hi everybody! My name is Angie, i'm from Venezuela. I just bought a lovely betta and i wanted to show him to you :) I call him fishy, but his written name is Fishie. Fishie Bailey Jackson Potter :) He's a baby, i want to buy more stuff to him, because i think he needs a place to hide.. but well, i'll do that later. n__n Say hi to Fishie.

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Wednesday, May 24th, 2006
11:24 am

Hello. I know I hardly post here anymore, but I just wanted to celebrate today because it is my one year anniversary with my fish Apollo! :D Hes been with me about a year now and we've traveled 1,800 miles together to and from college. I think I will bake a cake to celebrate. :P

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Friday, May 19th, 2006
11:21 pm

I Suppose a little background info on my betta would help

I resuced him from a fight with another betta (the guys i lived with got bord and decided to fight two of them) so anyway went a got one of those betta started kits comes with the tank the rocks a plant, water conditioner and food...so fixed that up a bought a little 87cent pot to put in the tank so my betta would have a place to hide and such...so where I was living my fish was recovering fine...I have now moved from Sarnia Ont back to Toronto...and my fish was ok for a while until I changed his water...
see changed the water and not even 2 days later there was a WHITE COTTEN FLUFFY LIKE SUBSATNCE covering the plant and the pot in the tank...no of it was on the fish...the fish seemed fine so i cleaned the tank again and added some aguarim salt and such now a day later this WHITE COTTON FLUFFY LIKE SUBSTANCE is showing up again..
I have condition the water for 24 hours, i have let it get to the right temp (about room temp is what the pet store ppl have told me) and this is still happening...
I though it might be that i was over feeding him but thats not it casue i feed him just right...and personality wise he is his usual self...swimming around and such eating and all...so can ANYONE HELP ME with this problem cause it driving me crazy...i love this guy and he is a survior...

anyhelp, tips, thoughts, ideas, remidies, ANYTHING would be useful

THank you DEE

current mood: curious

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Friday, May 5th, 2006
1:01 am

My betta, Thomas has had a tough time. I've had him for almost a year now, and he's still chugging along. About 4 months ago he had fin rot and there was some damage, but I got it quick. Then about one month ago, he got it again, but it spread so fast. It's gone now, but the damage to his fins is devastating. He can hardly swim correctly (or as he used to), and there really is almost no fin left.

I feel absolutely terrible and am wondering if there if any medicine out there that can repair this damage? I do not even know if fish fins can regrow, but I'd figured I'd ask.

Thanks for any and all help

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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006
5:26 pm - My Betta
arabian_prince Well hello everyone,

I am new to this community and I would like to introduce my betta. A Blue/green steel crown tail named (excuse the breathiness) Betta Bob Marley Esquire Kopitz! I call him Marley for short :).....

Well I have had Marley for about 9 months now. I kept him in a 2 gallon glass vase with a little heater and I've taken good care of him. I recently spoiled him by buying a 10 gallon tank with gravel, plant, carbon filter...etc...etc. (the works basically)...

I'll be honest Marley is a mut, I bought him from Walmarts ( I know I know not even a real pet store...) But it's not the quality of the fish it is the love right?

Well anyways i'm posting to ask a few questions.

I see him making nests here and there and I was wondering if I should mate him or not. Now I have not bought a damsel yet (and she will most certainly come from wally's too) I'm not concerned about looks too much or such things (even thought that's what they're known for....but remember!..!. I'm not shallow in anyway :) )...

Anyways (I got off track..lol) I am planning (well thinking) of trying to make baby bettas and if I go through with this, She will be placed in his old vase and he'll stay in the tank. I'll put them both in a plastic container (one of those tub-ware containers about a gallon or so.) I know all about placing a cup for the bubbles and such, and heating but my question is (you see I eventually get to my point) should i just take the fry after they hatch and put them in a jar with Infusoria and let the strongest survive (if any lol) or should i get another 10 gallon and really really nurse them? I live in michigan ( the upper peninsula) so the temperature around here can get cold. I figure the fish would either make it or not....is that the best way to go?

Well i'll stop babbling now and I hope to hear some responses. I need to think of a name for my female betta....any suggestions?

Thanks a lot!

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Sunday, April 30th, 2006
5:34 pm - betta cam

introducing, my betta cam

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