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Thread: Betta Overload
01-21-2012, 03:49 PM #1
While discussing Betta-addiction in my intro thread, I decided to post pics of the Bettas I have kept, along with their setups.
I am a firm believe that Bettas need filtered, heated setups. All of my Betta tanks had Duetto50s (if a 5.5g tank) or Duetto100s (if a 10g tank) and old-style stealth heaters (not the new ones that sometimes explode). I use live, low light plants, driftwood, and Indian almond leafs to achieve soft, tannin stained water.
First up, Apollo. He was the first Betta I kept after learning proper fishkeeping skills. He was a huge, very docile and sweet dalmation veil tail:
Apollo's eventual home (5.5g)
He was kept in a 10g tank. I attempted a divided 10g tank with male bettas on each side and Corydoras habrosus on the bottom, with tiny holes cut for the cories, but the betta who shared the tank with Apollo (a smaller but more fiesty male) managed to squeeze through the tiny opening and tried to attack him. Luckily, I was watching at the time.
Both bettas were moved to their own tank.
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01-21-2012, 03:52 PM #2
Next, Hercules (n/k/a Rio). He was a very aggressive, feisty little male that couldn't be trusted in a divided or community tank.
My little cousin (she was three at the time) fell in love with him so I purchased a 5g tank for her and set it up with all sorts of garish decor that little girls love. Since her mom was a fan of Bettas in vases, I continue to maintain the tank so he gets regular water changes.
The awful, ugly home that the little girl adores for her betta:
01-21-2012, 04:01 PM #3
Poseidan came next. He started in a 10g with some black neon tetras:
It was a good setup, but I eventually decided to only keep bettas singly, so he was moved to his own 5.5g tank.
He ended up with the longest fins I've ever seen on a veil tail:
01-21-2012, 04:04 PM #4
Ares was my first crowntail, and my first copper. I called him "Mr. Flarey Face."
His home, a 5.5g:
01-21-2012, 04:06 PM #5
THEN I discovered Aquabid, and had a few Bettas imported from Thailand.
First off, Achilles, an orange dragon HMPK:
01-21-2012, 04:08 PM #6
Morpheus, a red dragon butterfly HM:
01-21-2012, 04:09 PM #7
Zephyrus, an "orange copper gold" dragon HMCT:
Would LOVE to find another betta just like him, or with his coloring, in the very least.
01-21-2012, 04:10 PM #8
I'll start a new thread for "the girls."
01-21-2012, 11:38 PM #9
I'm jealous of the fantastic pictures! Lavender makes it nearly impossible to get a good picture of him.
Did you find that when living with other fish, such as the cories, that your bettas tended to keep to themselves in one spot of the tank? Lavender stays right close by the heater, and rarely comes out to chase the tetras. He's very laid-back.10 Gallon
Two bloodfin tetras "The Bernadettes"
Two glowlight tetras "Marigold and Marmalade"
Otto cat" Fitzy"
Two platys" Fresca and Tang"
01-22-2012, 01:21 AM #10
0Originally Posted by Orinetta
I took them out of their small tanks, put them in glass vases (bought specifically for picture taking purposes), and try to get them to flare (mirror, pencil eraser, etc) while snapping wildly with a camera.
Did you find that when living with other fish, such as the cories, that your bettas tended to keep to themselves in one spot of the tank? Lavender stays right close by the heater, and rarely comes out to chase the tetras. He's very laid-back.