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cideon
02-16-2011, 09:14 AM
Yes Radar, after the M*A*S*H character. At first, I thought it might be fitting because he might feel puny compared to a double tail, which I plan to get in the future. But after adding his tank mate (a snail who tells me I should call him "Whitey" after the pink-eyed rat in Flushed Away because he has pink eyes and no fur. Jury still out on that one), he was more interested in the algae wafer Mr. Snail was eating than his own pellets! A Radar-ish 'thinking with his stomach' thing of ever I saw one, I think =D

Anyways, he's supposedly a plakat (though heck if I know for completely sure; the variants like plakat, veiltail, crowntail, etc can all interbreed since they just different varieties of the same species, right?), and he amuses me to no end when he challenges his reflection near the heater corner. Or now that he's in aggressive show display with the snail, which ignores him and continues to nibble on his wafer. There is a secondary tank just in case snail gets bullied too much, but I'm hoping Radar will realize soon that 1) he's fighting over mere VEGGIES when his food is so much better, and 2) the snail has practically impenetrable armor.

So enough talking, here's pics!

The tank entire, in all its miniature glory.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v507/cideon/tank1.jpg

Unless distracted, Radar is VERY camera shy. Or very proud of his The Blur/Flash impression.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v507/cideon/theblur.jpg

Radar going: "What the?! I don't even...!" then trying to scare away the intruder
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v507/cideon/hello.jpg

~Col~
02-16-2011, 09:58 AM
Awww, he's lovely. I love the name!!

CassieLEO
02-16-2011, 11:04 AM
He is pretty!!!!!

Lady Hobbs
02-16-2011, 11:27 AM
Your tank looks new so make sure you give him enough to eat.

Fisharefriends27
02-16-2011, 12:39 PM
:19: Nicethumbs2:

Cyberra
02-16-2011, 02:45 PM
^_^ He is a very pretty betta. And since he doesn't have inch-long-plus fins trailing behind him, I'd say he is, indeed, a plakat

XD I have a female who also turns into The Flash the moment the camera gets too close. The one time I got a decent picture of her, she was so busy staring at the glass marbles in her tank that she didn't even see me sneaking up

cideon
02-18-2011, 07:35 AM
Thank you everyone for your kind words and compliments!

@Lady Hobbs, I have heard that a lot of new fish owners overfeed their fish, and it is a also a worry to me based on too much food = higher ammonia from rotting and waste excretion. I feed him little round betta pellets (for now; I'd like to get him some tubifex worms and bloodworms eventually for a once a week treat or so), and I give him 3-5 a day. He does nibble at my snail's algae wafer piece (I only break off like half of the small ones), but I don't know if that's starvation or just natural instinct protecting him from a sudden famine-type situation. Should I do more little pellets? (I was hoping to go to 2-3 in the monring, and then at night again once the tank is fully cycled to handle the ammonia from more constant eating; is this a better idea?).

@ everyone/anyone: Just noticed something, that actually I saw the other day as well but didn't think about it. What does it mean when he transiently changes colors? His red/blue on his body fades a bit, and leaves a strong dark horizontal line on his body, about eye level (with an obvious pale line above it). It lasts for maybe 15-30 minutes, then goes away, and he is his normal color more often than "lined". I heard females can get stripes 9but they're vertical, aren't they?) when they are in breeding mode. Is that going on here, or is it something else?

Cyberra
02-19-2011, 02:13 AM
Thank you everyone for your kind words and compliments!

@Lady Hobbs, I have heard that a lot of new fish owners overfeed their fish, and it is a also a worry to me based on too much food = higher ammonia from rotting and waste excretion. I feed him little round betta pellets (for now; I'd like to get him some tubifex worms and bloodworms eventually for a once a week treat or so), and I give him 3-5 a day. He does nibble at my snail's algae wafer piece (I only break off like half of the small ones), but I don't know if that's starvation or just natural instinct protecting him from a sudden famine-type situation. Should I do more little pellets? (I was hoping to go to 2-3 in the monring, and then at night again once the tank is fully cycled to handle the ammonia from more constant eating; is this a better idea?).

@ everyone/anyone: Just noticed something, that actually I saw the other day as well but didn't think about it. What does it mean when he transiently changes colors? His red/blue on his body fades a bit, and leaves a strong dark horizontal line on his body, about eye level (with an obvious pale line above it). It lasts for maybe 15-30 minutes, then goes away, and he is his normal color more often than "lined". I heard females can get stripes 9but they're vertical, aren't they?) when they are in breeding mode. Is that going on here, or is it something else?
Females also show a vivid horizontal line; my Dark Lady gets it on water change day. It means they're freaked out by something. Like being scooped out of their tanks during the cleaning, as with Lady. Wasn't aware males did it, though

lotus flower
02-19-2011, 03:03 AM
Females also show a vivid horizontal line; my Dark Lady gets it on water change day. It means they're freaked out by something. Like being scooped out of their tanks during the cleaning, as with Lady. Wasn't aware males did it, though

Yep, I've read that both sexes do that. It happens when they're stressed or intimidated.

Flare
02-20-2011, 03:48 PM
Horizontal lines are a sign of stress. When do you notice that he displays them? I wonder if there is a specific thing that is stressing him out. What are your water parameters like?

He's very beautiful, wild type coloration plakat. Great find!

DrNic
02-20-2011, 06:29 PM
Great name! Good looking fish too!

cideon
02-24-2011, 08:49 AM
Usually he's just swimming in a corner (not a certain one) when he has had them. parameters fluctuate as the tank is cycling. Well actually, just the ammonia. It's never gone over 2.0 yet, and I do about a 35% AT LEAST, once a day. I assume it's the ammonia that's stressing him out, but now I wonder if maybe he was scared of seeing me? I say this because for the past few days I have NOT seen the stripes on him at all. Not sure if I fixed the cause, but at least he's not showing the 'symptom' of stressing out anymore :]