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First Fishies And Tank
July 22, 2008
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Amy
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I decided that I wanted my own tank and some fishies so heres my tank and 4 female Betta splendens.
I found the girls - red and blue but they were with a yelllow male, so I want to get a similarly coloured male for them.. and some panda cories.

my tank: 35 litre arc tank
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my 4 girls
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feeding time
- I have blackout blinds in my room so these help when taking some pics and keeping the tank with less algae when i'm not in

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if this one would ever stay still it has the prettiest colours- shes the darkest too looks dark blue most of the time
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another one
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July 22, 2008
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It's a cute little setup /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> Only cost £50 including heater, too.

Bettas looking excellent hon /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

July 22, 2008
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I went up to feed them again and they are darker, the prettiest girl looks really dark blue body with shiny light blue and red fins now.

they really like your food!

Do you think the spray bar's in the right place atm it pushes them back with the food but they can swim against it, only if they swim fast though, do i need to point it a different way so they don't need to swim fast and eat at the same time?

July 22, 2008
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nice bettas...although I got a hunch that one of them is a male plakat (short finned betta)...

do they all have the white spot behind their pelvic fins?

and also if you could add some greens, especially top water plants, the bettas love "perching" on them

July 22, 2008
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same as Malti, the prettist looks like a male to me as well, plus i think there could also be another male with the solid reb body with blue in the dorsal.

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July 22, 2008
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Must admit like we both thought they might not all be girls.

What's the best/clearest way to truly identify them? I'll take my camera round tomorrow and spam some pics of the individuals, hopefully you gents will be able to help us out.

July 22, 2008
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QUOTE (Malti @ Jul 22 2008, 09:30 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
nice bettas...although I got a hunch that one of them is a male plakat (short finned betta)...

do they all have the white spot behind their pelvic fins?

and also if you could add some greens, especially top water plants, the bettas love "perching" on them

which one? I got them in peter barrats which are very good at getting the correct species as shown in this post /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

I'm sitting watching them atm 2 still have the stripes, 2 are darker 1 has the really bright fins and its top fin is a different shape and bottom fins longer than the tail.

Dunc's going shopping for plants on friday /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> as all the ones we saw yesterday at PBs were dying.

They dont stay still long enough to let me look but they all have a shiny bit at their fins.

July 22, 2008
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the prettiest ones a male I bet /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

well most obvious things are the white spot which indicate eggs - first pic, 1st fish on the right seems to have it...its like a small dot.

sometimes pks get mixed up with the ladies, and if the fish are young its tough to tell...best way is to observe how aggresive they are, and if they flare much etc....

July 22, 2008
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Definitely noticed one of them flaring their gills out in the shop...

July 22, 2008
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closer together
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is this one the male?
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July 22, 2008
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Lovely fish, although I agree the tank will look better once you've had a chance to plant it.

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July 22, 2008
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Oh aye, indeed /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" /> It's not gonna be heavily planted, just a few slow growers to make it look less sparse, provide a few hidey holes etc.

Want to get some floating plants too but our LFSs just don't seem to have any :/

July 22, 2008
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nice little setup there Amy /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> The spraybar should be fine as the fish look big anough to cope /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> A bubblenest won't survive but the fish won't mind the current /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />
Dunc, be careful on plant choices as slow growing ones in a new setup may just end up covered in algae. Better off adding some fast growing ones for now /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

July 22, 2008
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Are there low light, fast growing species of plants? The light on it the tank, though pretty, is rather dim... /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

July 22, 2008
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types of Vallis are normally a good starting point and Cabomba should be ok too but it''s the wrong time of day/night to be asking me Q's like that /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" /> /ph34r.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":ph34r:" border="0" alt="ph34r.gif" />
Here's a link to info
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This should give you some indication but I'm sure others will post aswell /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

July 23, 2008
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Guys try to reduce the water flow as much as possible and add a load of plants that will either grow to the surface or are floating. After that we'll see what you have. I suspect hybrids... /angry.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":angry:" border="0" alt="angry.gif" />

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July 23, 2008
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QUOTE (Matt @ Jul 23 2008, 06:15 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Guys try to reduce the water flow as much as possible and add a load of plants that will either grow to the surface or are floating. After that we'll see what you have. I suspect hybrids... /angry.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":angry:" border="0" alt="angry.gif" />

they're probably some pk/vt hybrid...or maybe wild + pk/vt?

July 23, 2008
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and yes I think that one is the male...

btw if you know someone who has a male, just throw them in with him, and see their reaction ie flaring etc...

an aggresive female would flare abit, but usually retreats, males will not retreat unless they're traumatized before (I had this poor guy who was beaten up by couple of females, took him 2 weeks to start flaring again) - and don't worry, they don't just start fighting, usually its lots of flaring + some tail hitting, so unless you keep them for hours no real damage will be done

July 23, 2008
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Those are great looking fish! I like the arc tank - it is so stylish.

I can send you some salvinia natans from my big tank if you need some floating plants - it grows pretty fast, even in lower light. Cold also have some hygrophilia cuttings as it's that time again. I would offer you other plants from my low light little tank but there are pest snails in there as well as the MTS (big tank doesn't have pest snails that I know of).

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