Category Archives: Betta Fish

New Betta’s, Tobey and Sue

They are Halfmoon Multi Butterflies and are around August 1st, they were 11 weeks old. I got them from Karen Mac Auley. You can see more of her award winning betta fish at her website

http://www.freewebs.com/quicksilverchihuahuas/mybettasplendens.htm

I am also a member of the International Betta Congress

http://www.ibcbettas.org/

This is Tobey

Halfmoon multi butterfly Betta male

Halfmoon butterfly wanting food.

No more pictures. Food!

 

 

And this is Sue.  They both have two 1/2 gallon tanks with fake and live plants. They are sitting where they can see each other if they are both in the right spots in their tanks.

Halfmoon multi butterfly betta female

Halfmoon multi butterfly Betta female

 

 

 

 

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What are these freshwater bugs?

UPDATE: My brother, Karl Koenig found some info, and I looked too. Someone even answered on youtube, and we all agree, they are leaches! During my research, I was surprised to read that they are still being sold for medicinal purposes. I put them back with the worms in their aquarium so if they wanna make more, I’m sure the fish will love them as much as the brown worms.

[original post] They came with live freshwater brown worms for feeding aquarium fish. Just to look at them without bright light behind them, the ‘fingers’ or whatever that is on the inside of their bodies are not visible. They cling tightly to whatever they’re climbing, including my finger ^.^)
I thought at first they were snail poo, as when they are threatened, they roll into a round ball. Sorry about the music, I thought i listened and clicked cancel, but don’t care enough to upload again. [using the ‘free’ music on youtube’s site, also gives them permission to show ads on your video, but the ‘x’ works to close the ad.

Some women want diamonds . . .

I am perfectly happy with worms. I can be entertained for hours or days, even weeks with a plastic tub of worms. I brought home more today. The worms I brought home Dec 12 were doing great, and still are. But I was feeding them very sparingly to the fish since i didn’t want their numbers to deplete before I had a good ‘regenerating’ worm pile.

I had actually just finished cleaning the worm houses I have them in now, when Linda @ Crazy Critters called to tell me that they had more in.

This is a picture of the worms after i I put them in their new home. I kept them separate from the others. They are still in the ball, mostly, but are slowly spreading out and digging into the sand. They seem to like the sand better than gravel, and they like a layer of java moss too. As i write this now, they are spread out and easy to see in the white sand.

Black Worms

Black Worms

I am finding there is a lot of confusion about species online about these worms. It’s the brown worms that have problems with bacteria, but also, the black worms, that they say are ‘safe’ are actually dark brown. For the sake of my sanity i am not calling these black worms, instead of Tubifex, even though some say they are similar. The scientific articles that i tried to find today, no longer exist. But i will keep trying to identify these critters.

And I still believe whole heartedly, that the conditions under which people are keeping these worms, that i read about online, is what leads to the harmful bacteria growth that people blame the tubifex worms for. Before you cry to me about how dangerous the worms are and you think what i say is misleading, know that I have no scientific evidence or even citations to back my opinion up, and that’s all it is, my opinion. If you keep worms in the refrigerator, and don’t feed them for a week, they are going to die, and I’m sure bacteria will grow. Food kept in refrigerator too long grows all kinds of things, and is no longer edible. Poor worms. I believe you have to duplicate as close as possible to the conditions where these worms [and other critters] are found thriving on their own in the wild.

I do water changes for them everyday, just like i do my bettas who live in the 2 gallon uncycled tanks. After rinsing the sludge that comes from the big, filtered 10-50 gal aquariums, I give the worms that too. I don’t give them the water that comes out with it.  I won’t mention what’s in that, as I’m sure you can guess, but hey, they’re worms, they like it. Its as close to i have to what might be at the bottom of a lake.

The first batch are thriving, and I’m sure even with feeding some to the fishes, I still have as many as i started with from the first cup and more.  I am so ready to find some little freshwater pufferfish! All that’s left now is to wait for warmer weather for them to be shipped in.

In the mean time, the fish i have now, mostly bettas, are loving these worms. The young bettas in a 6 gal tank,  ‘hunt’ the bottom of their tank for them several times a day, since they are used to grabbing them while the worms are digging down into the sand.

Two of my oldest betta males haven’t really figured out what to do with them, big tough fighting fish are scared of tiny worms, lol.

 

Beauty Boy Betta – Banana

This boy’s tail gets longer and longer. He likes to rest with his tail flared out over java moss, the heater or anything else in his home. I hope to catch him when he’s fully flared, for he is about as spectacular as a betta can get.

He is the shiest, most sensitive betta boy i have. He will flare and dance when i take the dividers down between the tanks so he can see his neighbor, but he doesn’t do it with the vigor of the others and frequently dives to the bottom of his tank to hide. While his neighbor, [right now its Mocha] looks like he is trying to chew through the glass to get to Banana, Banana is staying near the middle of the tank putting on his display.

yellow platinum male delta tail etc

yellow platinum male delta tail etc

Mocha and Sid’s tails got chewed up the last time i tried to breed them. But when banana was with his girl, she didn’t chew his tail [much].

these pictures of him, i took with my galaxy tab. It takes good pictures of normal sized stuff, but macro isn’t terrific. I’m learning to use Corel Paintshop since my new computer wont run my adobe photoshop software. I put the photos together in a collage and used the ‘object remover’ tool to take the wires and junk out that was behind the fish.  It’s not great, i know. I could have spent hours working some more with Paintshop, and editing the photo, but I would rather be taking care of the fish, or writing Quirt and Brody 😀

Banana 12-23-2011anana_12-23-11

Banana 12-23-2011anana_12-23-11

Favorite Pet Store – Crazy Critters

Crazy Critters
Rapid City, South Dakota
Phone: 605-342-8644
Is a wonderful new pet store in Rapid City.

Crazy_Critters

Crazy_Critters

Just look at the beautiful Betta Fish Tattoo, pls ignore the chubby old feet :D

Just look at the beautiful Tattoo, pls ignore the chubby old feet :D

Work in Progress

I got Darkmoon17’s betta drawing tattooed on my foot today! Just look at the beautiful Tattoo, pls ignore the chubby old feet 😀 I didn’t plan on getting it colored, but tattoo artist, James Ann, owner of Gypsy Rose, in Rapid City, SD mentioned color and it is gorgeous. Now if I can just get my real bettas to spawn and make babies like the one forever on my foot, lolz. I took the black outline pic when i thought we were finished. Then she started with the color and the fishy almost came to life!

Betta Fish Tattoo, by Darkmoon17

Darkmoon17 has created for me a betta fish tattoo! Yes, I love fish so much I want one on me, with the spider, scorpion and other things important. I have an appointment to have it forever stained into my skin tomorrow!

Darkmoon17’s Deviant Art page:

http://darkmoon17.deviantart.com/

And Darkmoon17 is a senior member of Bettafish.com

http://www.bettafish.com/member.php?u=26152

if you need Betta-related art done, she is the one to do it. She also does beautiful horses and other art pieces. Check out her galleries!

Betta Fish Tattoo by Darkmoon17

Betta Fish Tattoo by Darkmoon17

Aquatic Snail Ban

I ran across this page from 2006 and am not understanding it. The info on this page repeats itself over and over and doesn’t say much even though it is long. All the pet stores around me still have snails of various kinds and it seems the importers are the ones hit, in that they have to buy permits. If you can buy a permit, and still import snails, that’s not a ‘ban’ that’s a way to make importers pay for a permit.
http://www.ekkwill.com/usaqsnailban.html

How could anyone want to ban this cutey?

Ramshaw Snail

Ramshaw Snail Pictured

Who ses Betta Fish don’t need heaters?

I found Banana’s filter unplugged one morning recently, and his tank was about 67 degrees.

When I fed him, he seemed uninterested, and later when I let him see the female that I hope will get along with him for youngin’s, he wasn’t even interested in looking at her. I touched his 1 1/2 gallon tank to pull it out where i could reach better and found how cold it was!

Look where he spent the rest of the morning after I plugged it in!

betta heater

He’s like a lizard soaking up the sun off a rock.

Banana would like to argue with anyone who says that Bettas only need tiny bowls with no heat.

For one thing the smaller it is, the more you have to change the water. Even if you do it right, [like being sure the water is warm, and doing it slow enough to not shock the fish] 100% water changes are rough on the fish. Lets face it, most fish owners don’t change the water often enough to keep the quality where it should be. Just because a Betta is tough enough to live through it longer than other fish, doesn’t mean he should have to. The bettas in the cold little cups look pale and uninterested, and you never see them flare. They are just not at there best.  I found several of my Betta’s tanks at goodwill and the salvation army for $2 or @3 dollars. The heaters i use are all under $15 and most under $10. Some i found online and others at the local pet shops. The heaters were all purchased new. The one & two gallon tanks with small lights and heaters cost 83 cents to $1.10 to heat and light for a month, and that estimate is if they are on 24/7.  That is not a lot to spend to have a healthy, happy pet of any kind.

And for everyone who was concerned about him when I posted these photos on Bettafish.com, he is fine today and showing off for his girl, or maybe for the camera. Do you think he could know I’m taking his photo to make him famous online?

The water temps would have changed slowly, probably similar to night time in the wild places these boy’s relatives live. Banana doesn’t want to be a wild fish. You can see it in his eyes.

Banana, the betta fish

So, has he developed into a Half-Moon Betta as advertized? The first photo of him in his cup was in September, 2011

Banana was brought home in September

the next photo was taken this morning, November 27,2011

Yellow Betta Fishclose, but i wouldn’t call him a Half moon. I think he’d be called a Super Delta or maybe just a Delta tail. It’s fine, Deltas are my favorites. I got a Plakat Male once labeled “Female” His fins were clamped and he was very pale. I didn’t look close enough to even suspect. If you complain to the LPS, they will just say that their staff sometimes mixes them up when they’re cleaning the cups. We know from the look of most cups, that cleaning doesn’t happen very often, so I can see how the pimply faced kids might get confused. NOT!

Yellow Betta Fish