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Betta Fish + Unknown Companions
June 2, 2008
9:58 pm
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Headdy
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I'm back...

Just to let you guys know, I was patient and let the big tank cycle - coming down from the ammonia high /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" /> - and I've put my fancy goldfish in there. They're still alive and make a heck of a lot of mess. I won't embarrass myself by showing any photos.

Anyway, I went and bought a betta fish to put in the old tank, which was incredibly messy when I cleaned it out. I scoped a pet shop the previous week and saw the one I was after.

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I also bought three tiny companions for it, but unfortunately I can't tell what they are - there was no name at the shop, and I was confused having tried to look it up.
Anyone have any idea?

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(I also used my mobile phone camera. /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" /> )

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June 2, 2008
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they look like young gold barbs to me. keep an eye on them as even the most placid of fish can have a habit of becoming a fin nipper when in with a male betta.

June 3, 2008
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I agree with Keith. Not the best tankmates for a fancy Betta for me either. Just to put the scientific name in for those interested, it's Puntius semifasciolatus . Oh, and welcome back Headdy! /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

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June 3, 2008
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better if you kept some corys or plecos with it...or maybe some shrimps but they might become snacks now and then /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

June 3, 2008
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I wouldn't have minded some shrimps, actually.

I did do some research beforehand on what to keep with a betta fish, but at the shop there was a betta fish in among a tank full of these other fish.

As for the betta, it seems shy and likes to hide inside one of the plants at the moment, but I fed it a nice big bug last night.

June 3, 2008
11:33 am
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nice veil tail betta you have there /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> I wouldn't get small shrimps as it will pick them off /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" /> Amano's will be fine /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

June 3, 2008
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QUOTE(Richy @ Jun 3 2008, 11:16 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
nice veil tail betta you have there /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

Ain't it? It was the smallest one there, the most brightly coloured and full of character - I had to have it.

I'm not sure what to do now, I like the barbs also but I don't want to endanger the betta.

June 3, 2008
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Personally I'd take them back and try to get something that's more suitable long-term. The problem with those barbs is that even if they don't turn out to be fin-nippers they do grow to be quite big and boisterous and the Betta might struggle to compete. Hyphessobrycon amandae is a good alternative if the shop has them in stock.

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June 5, 2008
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Wow, that is a lovely fish you have there! I like the colour. At least I can see him now properly, not like in your avatar picture /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

How is he doing? Mine likes hiding too. He always scares me because he will rest in a plant and not move. He is a cheeky one /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

EDIT: And if the store doesn't take your barbs back I'd be more than happy to take them off you

June 7, 2008
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I've just called the pet shop in question, because it's a bit too long to travel for a wasted journey.

They vaguely remember who I was nd the fish I bought. They told me that they didn't sell any barbs, and that the fish I was sold were lemon tetras.

However, I've seen pictures of both lemon tetras and gold barbs, and I definitely have gold barbs.

June 7, 2008
7:12 pm
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I gave the barbs to a nearby aquarium (a branch of Maidenhead Aquatics, not very far from where I live). I didn't trust the pet store to take them back.

In their place, I bought six neon yellow rasboras - I definitely knew rasboras could go with betta fish - and a Yamato/Amano shrimp. I also bought my first bag of live food, which was scary.

June 7, 2008
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they look NOTHING like Lemon Tetra's /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" /> I would personally of waited a month or two before putting the shrimp in but it should be ok. You may find it picking away at live plants as there won't be enough algaes for it however, it will eat most foods which are put in the tank /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> Alot of shrimps tend to molt their exoskeleton within a few days of being in new water so don't be suprised if you think you have a dead shrimp, it's probably the exoskeleton /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />
"exoskeleton" is the spelling right? for some reason it looks weird lol
When purchasing livestock, get the LFS to write down what you've bought so you can keep track of what you have and a date. Write down your water test results aswell as this will help as part of your learning curve into fishkeeping /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />
We were all newbies once and we're always learning no matter how much we know /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />
Neon rasboras, if they're what I'm thinking of then I know them as "Brilliant Rasboras". Torpedo shaped, like a neon green?
I'm sure some smart bum will pop up with a latin name soon, Hi Matt /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" /> Yes I know i could use the database /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" />

June 7, 2008
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Rasbora einthovenii? I know it as the "Brilliant Rasbora" too, though don't seem to see it too often. Not very yellowy though!

I'll be honest I don't test my water a great deal, last night was the first time I have in a long while. It's a good habit to get in to, especially if you're new to fishkeeping, as it can help you remedy "diseases" which are actually born from poor water conditions.

June 8, 2008
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Be interesting to see what these rasboras turn out to be. I'm plumping for R. pauciperforata. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

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June 8, 2008
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Headdy
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They look a lot like this:

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The aquarium I went to was the only one I've seen that had rasboras.

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June 8, 2008
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Wonder if that's Rasbora dorsiocellata? Mmm I'm no Rasbora expert, that's fo sho /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

June 8, 2008
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Looks like it Dunc. Pretty wee things and should be ok with the Betta, too. Nice choice Headdy! /cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" />

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