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Tiny

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So, what with me virtually living at the vets, I'm having to pass through a Pets At Home (don't judge me; it's the 2nd nearest vet to me, and the closest that has a visiting exotic expert). I've expertly avoided lingering too long over their adoption centre (though there are two pairs of adorable GPs there). Me and Willow get there by train, so sometimes we've been early for appointments so... END UP LOOKING AT THE FEEEEESHEEEES...! This is dangerous, as when I've been in circumstances where I can't have any other pet I've still generally had a tank or two. Or five :))

Long story short, as fishkeeping for me can be quite addictive (just one more fish/tank!), I end up walking out with a small tank fit for a Betta, some amano shrimp and a snail :roll:

It's all set up and I'll be picking up the shrimp and snail on Monday and the Betta towards the end of the week (if the Betta goes in first or same time, there's a possibility it could think of it as 'his' tank and attack/eat the shrimp).

There'll be moss balls and some sort of rock feature for the shrimp to climb/hide on.

I've had male Bettas before, and a group of females (separate tanks, obvs!). I really like the females, feel they're a little underrated, but they're just as characterful as the males plus have the additional benefit of being able to be kept in groups (males are alone as they'll fight), but that'd have required a bigger tank set-up, so I actually feel I've self-limited here :)

I blame the girls - we need a male around here to keep all these hormones in check :))
 

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I used to have 2 male siamese fighting fish years ago (not in the same tank obviously).

1 was the most amazingly vibrant blue crowntail and the other was a crazy red finned one with a "metalic" greenish body (common veiled tail).

I wasn't so keen on the females as the fins are not as long I found them a bit "boring to look at" in comparison to the handsome males with the flowing tails.
 

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@Squeakz keep thinking about your past Bettas and you'll soon convince yourself to get another... it's that easy :))

I used to think the same about females, then I saw some amazing ones - I'm very fortunate to live not too far from two excellent specialist fish shops and they were there (this is also how I diversified into shrimp, frogs, snails, a clam... it's dangerous I tell yas! :roll:)
 

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No judgemental comments shall pass my lips! :)

I think this is a lovely post, i haven't had a fish tank in years!

I love Betta Splendens/ Siamese fighting fish. I had a stunning electric blue 1 with a pinky purple streak that i called Sid, i loved him! Those fish are amazing; in their natural habitat they drag themselves across wet land and live in little puddles.

I also had a tropical fish community tank with a couple of silver & red-finned sharks, tetras of varying kinds, various catfish, and other fish that i can't remember right now but am sure will keep swimming into my head tonight... :))

I really liked corydoras in a big way too actually, i had lots of different types of them. They're cute little cleaners, quite amusing to watch.

So relaxing watching a fishtank...
 

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I had corydoras too! One called Cory :)). And harlequin rasboras... even though they're schooling fish I could recognise them and name them individually - one had a massive underbite and another was continually horny towards one of the others! Had an apple snail (Zephyr) who used to somehow 'sit' on my frogs (Jet and Obsidian - they were black!).

Okay, I'm backing away from my own thread now, getting fish-lust :drool:
 

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I never had as many or as diverse fishtanks as yours sounded, i think I woulda loved your frogs. And i woulda loved Cory - did she have a sister named Dora by any chance? :D
 

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@Squeakz keep thinking about your past Bettas and you'll soon convince yourself to get another... it's that easy :))

I used to think the same about females, then I saw some amazing ones - I'm very fortunate to live not too far from two excellent specialist fish shops and they were there (this is also how I diversified into shrimp, frogs, snails, a clam... it's dangerous I tell yas! :roll:)
Oh I am not getting any fish. I don't have the tanks anymore and am not starting all that up again :nod:
 

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Tanks can be bought, the set ups not difficult, especially if you've done it before :))

I'm impressed by you willpower though; I'm seriously lacking in this :))
 

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Tanks can be bought, the set ups not difficult, especially if you've done it before :))

I'm impressed by you willpower though; I'm seriously lacking in this :))
If I didn't have willpower my home would be overrun with pets of all shapes and sizes. I only ever get a new pet after a lot of planing and working out if I have room, time, the costs etc. For example I have wanted rats again for over a year now so that will be happening as its not a wish that has gone away at all (in fact it has increased), plus although I have had rats in the past I have spent many months re-researching their care as with many pets the care standards have thankfully advanced during my last ownership days.
I work a lot of hours and also am always busy when home so I guess that helps in keeping the animal amount to a minimum ;)

Fish are great but VERY hypnotic and I'd be mesmerized by them for hours....soo relaxing.
 

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I've only ever had goldfish, and have a rescue brands currently. But would love a small group of female fighters! I think those little lady fish a beautiful in their own right and I think it's a shame people don't like them as much. I've wanted them for years and years. Maybe when the goldfish goes (or I palm him off on my brother seeing as he is technically his pet!) I'll get my Betta girls :luv: you're right fish a very addictive and we have had multiple tanks in the past.

Until then I'll have to make do with the pigs and the cats and the tree frogs and the fire belly toads ...
 

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Okay, I've reserved a beautiful elephant ear/dumbo betta, now just preparing my tank water-wise to ensure it's safe for the new arrival.

Don't worry, the fish shop is a knowledgeable, long-established and well-respected family business (I just got the tank at P@H - taking advantage of my loyalty card vouchers!). They have a really lovely range of betta at the mo, with some beautiful fin shapes. I feel a little sorry for their 'regular' bettas, as singularly they're charming but next to the 'fancy' guys, there's no comparison!

There's not much you look for when choosing a fish - just the obvious like whether it looks healthy, no sign of damage to fins etc, active, swims normally. I've found in my experience that have a fair bit of personality and can be show offs (look at me, I'm soooo beautiful!) and the one I've reserved certainly put on quite a display to win me over!

Taking a water sample back next week; if that's ok I'll be picking up fisheeee :))
 

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Fingers crossed you can come home with your Beta. I look forward to pics :)
 

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I don't have a home testing kit (I've had dip sticks before but they're not hugely accurate) so it's a bit of an unknown as to how the water's cycling... if it's not right, there's no way I'll put a fish in there (even tho bettas are hardy, that's no excuse to subject it to less than the best possible conditions). Like a dingo, I didn't take a pic of the fish, but it's red and iridescent white/light blue with white fins (I initially typed 'wings', lol flying fish :))).
 

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Isn't he? That's why I've become slightly obsessive about his water quality being perfect before he comes to me :))
 

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Wow!

They have seriously given Siamese fighting fish a makeover since I last had one!

I mean, mine was cute, but this is definitely more decorative fin-wise.

His name isn't gonna be "Si" by any chance?

:lol!:
 

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Listen, Cory was a good name for a fish so ner :coat:

I wasn't expecting this level of fanciness, hence I was smitten! I looove researching a good name, thinking of something Japanese themed (e.g. Ryu = dragon) because of the Asian/Oriental connection, or fire/ice/water names or mythological creatures. Also like Magneto, Finn and Ninja.

This dude deserves an epic name!
 

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Every Siamese Fighter deserves an epic name :wub:

Ermmm...Mine was called "Sid" :doh: :whistle:

Love your direction for name ideas - i quite like Ryu & the fire/ice/water theme, i'd be drawn more towards the firey red ones for this Ninja.

Looking forward to future pics when you've got him all set up.

Lucky guy ain't even gotta worry about paying a mortgage and he gets to go live in a mansion drop of the ocean with a servant to keep him nice and comfortable. He has no idea of the luxury that awaits him, i think he hit the jackpot in the Fish Lottery here... :))
 
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