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Re: Think Fish Keepers Daily News.
« Reply #1650 on: November 23, 2018, 09:49:12 PM »
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There is something very adorable about watching tiny fish (eg neon green rasboras / MDK) chomping on a large brineshrimp or savouring a piece of bloodworm.
 :fishy1:

I agree.
I also like seeing my amano shrimp run off with a whole algae wafer.

I'm quite small, but completely certain I am far from adorable when tackling a large meal.  :rotfl:

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« Reply #1651 on: November 24, 2018, 09:35:26 AM »
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Reading about Littlefish's Maidenhead Aquatics in another thread prompted me to look at their store locator.

I'm now very happy  ;D

https://www.fishkeeper.co.uk/store/stokesley




The place was totally destroyed, just a tangle of metal roof lying on top of incinerated garden centre. Just a couple of months ago we went there to get some autumn lawn feed and there was nothing, they were still clearing the last of the debris, and operating from a temporary building adjacent to the site. The garden centre website says they are still operating from this temporary building, so where exactly is this MA that's about to re-open? The temp building is too small for them as well. I'll keep an eye on the MA site, then I'll have to persuade my husband to take a trip.......

[For those readers who don't know what I'm talking about, see post #1093 on page 44 of this thread]

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Re: Think Fish Keepers Daily News.
« Reply #1652 on: November 24, 2018, 10:05:46 AM »
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Great news Sue.  :cheers:
Please keep us updated on the progress of your local MA.

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« Reply #1653 on: November 24, 2018, 01:45:55 PM »
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That is good. I'll never forget this as it really upset me, thinking about what those poor fish might have gone through - and hoping sincerely that it was swift. I've had a look at their Facebook page and the precise location is not clear - I got the impression it might be in the temporary building - but most of the staff have been working in the Stockton-on-Tees branch and will be returning to this branch.

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Re: Think Fish Keepers Daily News.
« Reply #1654 on: November 24, 2018, 01:58:35 PM »
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Good to know that they kept the staff on!

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« Reply #1655 on: November 24, 2018, 02:06:50 PM »
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I have not been in the Stockton branch recently to recognise any of the Stokesley staff, even if Stockton is a lot nearer. Stockton is the smallest MA I've ever been in so they don't stock as much as the other branches. It's in a Wyevale garden centre and we tend to avoid those - their dry good are expensive and their plants are arranged by climate type not alphabetically so we can never find anything. Strikes at Stokesley not only is a better garden centre is also used to house a bigger MA, and hopefully soon will again.

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Re: Think Fish Keepers Daily News.
« Reply #1656 on: November 25, 2018, 03:35:19 PM »
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A flurry of activity in the tank today. X-rays are sedate at the bottom, enjoying the peace and shade of a silk plant. Harlies are sedately over to one side. Greenies are playing in the filter outlet flow, in a sort-of restructuring of the hierarchy as to who gets first rights to ride the flow - so far, two of the slightly older and bigger (3cm) ones seem to be at the top of the hierarchy but one newer and smaller (1.5cm) one is challenging one of the older ones, while the remaining 3 smaller ones are playing tig a little lower down in the tank, possibly sorting out who's next in the ranking order.

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Re: Think Fish Keepers Daily News.
« Reply #1657 on: November 26, 2018, 08:37:04 AM »
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Good to hear that your gang are settling in the tank @fcmf
Fingers crossed for a long period of peace, harmony, and good health for all.

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« Reply #1658 on: November 26, 2018, 06:03:56 PM »
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Thanks, @Littlefish

I've noticed today that the new fish haven't quite got used to human habits. For example, if I'm sitting by the tank and lift a hand to move a hair away from my face, they scatter, causing the entire tankload of fish to follow suit. Later on at lunchtime, I was sitting eating my sandwich by the tank and wondered if they'd notice that I was actually eating and start begging for their own lunch but, instead, they scattered every time I lifted the sandwich to my mouth. Needless to say, I felt bad about eating in front of them and instilling panic, so followed this up with fishfood (for them, not me).


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« Reply #1659 on: December 06, 2018, 01:50:27 PM »
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It's that time of year again with the darker days, which I think we discussed last year, when the fishtank light makes the tank brighter than the room it's in. My fish have been very pre-occupied with their own reflections and vigorously swimming alongside these reflections for the past few days.
 :fishy1: :fishy1: :fishy1:

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Re: Think Fish Keepers Daily News.
« Reply #1660 on: December 06, 2018, 01:59:09 PM »
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My betta is in a tank with a perspex lid. The tank light comes on mid afternoon. It was so dim at lunchtime today that I had to turn the kitchen light on so he could find his food  ;D

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Re: Think Fish Keepers Daily News.
« Reply #1661 on: December 08, 2018, 12:13:11 PM »
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Went to MA this morning to get some RO water., and I've had another accident... ::)
I swore I'd never get another betta after the recent loss of both Kimi and Seb, but as soon as I saw this little fella I fell for him, so meet Spot.
He's been reserved, and is still at the store until I get a tank set up for him.

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« Reply #1662 on: December 08, 2018, 01:59:49 PM »
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Oooh, he's pretty  :)


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« Reply #1663 on: December 08, 2018, 03:35:19 PM »
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Ooooh, I love reading about your ":fishy1: accidents" - if anything, it perturbs me if some time has passed without one occurring as it seems as though the world is out-of-sorts.

He is indeed lovely. Looking forward to seeing him in his new home in due course.




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Re: Think Fish Keepers Daily News.
« Reply #1664 on: December 08, 2018, 04:17:00 PM »
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 ::)  :rotfl:

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« Reply #1665 on: December 08, 2018, 07:08:56 PM »
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That is the store that has been having a bit of a refurbishment, and got the extra plant tanks recently. They also seem to be getting some really nice looking fish in over the past couple of months, and I think I'm going to have to start going to that store wearing blinkers because there is far too much temptation.  :-[

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« Reply #1666 on: December 09, 2018, 09:37:18 AM »
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The MA website still says Stokesley is re-opening end November, but I haven't been to investigate yet. Garden centres are so busy at this time of year, and in the small temporary building it would probably take me half an hour to reach the MA through the crowds  ;D

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« Reply #1667 on: December 09, 2018, 05:16:23 PM »
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The MA website still says Stokesley is re-opening end November, but I haven't been to investigate yet. Garden centres are so busy at this time of year, and in the small temporary building it would probably take me half an hour to reach the MA through the crowds  ;D
According to its Facebook page (https://en-gb.facebook.com/MAStokesley/), and an update yesterday, there is no livestock in just yet.

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« Reply #1668 on: December 09, 2018, 06:32:48 PM »
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In that case it's a good thing we haven't braved the Christmas crush  ;D I don't use Facebook, I just go by MA's website. Presumably they do have dry goods?

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« Reply #1669 on: December 10, 2018, 08:43:02 PM »
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In that case it's a good thing we haven't braved the Christmas crush  ;D I don't use Facebook, I just go by MA's website. Presumably they do have dry goods?
Yes, according to a comment on that page.  :D

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« Reply #1670 on: December 10, 2018, 09:22:57 PM »
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Actually that makes a lot of sense if they are in a corner of the temporary building. It will be easy enough to move shelves of decor, food, filter media etc once the new building is finally built, but setting up a lot of tanks and the filtration system isn't something to be done quickly, nor would it be easy to move.

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« Reply #1671 on: December 20, 2018, 12:34:09 PM »
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There is so much "activity" going on in the tank that I'm having to avert my eyes. Suffice to say that the elderly harlequins, even Bent Spine/Tail Harley who I thought had only a matter of days/weeks to live, have somehow mustered up sufficient energy to spend ages frolicking with one another. This seemed to put ideas in the minds of the young neon green rasboras who were frolicking in the hornwort this morning. Just glanced in again and "activity" is rife!

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« Reply #1672 on: December 20, 2018, 01:22:59 PM »
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Glad to hear that your fish are so "active" @fcmf even if you have to avert your eyes from the frolicking.
Perhaps they are having their Christmas party....... ;D

I've just got back from MA. I went to collect Spot, but unfortunately he had recently passed away from dropsy. It's a shame, but at least it didn't happen after I got him, as that really would have been the last straw as far as any future bettas would have been concerned.

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« Reply #1673 on: December 20, 2018, 04:23:36 PM »
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Oh, what terrible news about Spot, @Littlefish :'( - really sorry to learn of that but, as you say, better to have happened before he came home with you than afterwards.


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« Reply #1674 on: December 24, 2018, 05:18:43 PM »
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Well, well, well. - after several decades of watching Mary Poppins at this time of year, I've only just discovered that there's a Bi-Orb containing several goldfish in it during the opening scenes. Severely over-stocked but knowledge on suitable tank requirements wasn't as widely available in those days.

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« Reply #1675 on: December 24, 2018, 05:24:34 PM »
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Or was it just a goldfish bowl? I haven't seen the film in years.....

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« Reply #1676 on: December 24, 2018, 06:07:53 PM »
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Definitely a Bi-Orb style with the vase-/neck-like bit on top - a 60-litre, I'd say. There was a brief reappearance a little later although I'm not convinced the fish were in it during that scene. Keeping my eyes peeled for it but it seems to have disappeared...

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Re: Think Fish Keepers Daily News.
« Reply #1677 on: January 06, 2019, 09:43:17 PM »
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I won myself a Tropica Award Box!  ;D

Quite a nice little surprise! I entered a competition on Instagram (I'm @ScapeEasy if anyone wants to look me up) to advertise the inspiration pages on the Tropica website. Below was my entry.

From what I can tell the award box includes a Tropica towel, some root tabs, some plant fertiliser, along with a load of stickers/leaflets etc etc.

Very happy indeed :D

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« Reply #1678 on: January 07, 2019, 02:42:19 PM »
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Ooooh, congratulations!  :cheers:

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« Reply #1679 on: January 07, 2019, 07:06:13 PM »
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Thanks @fcmf it arrived today actually... rubbish photo on a cold dark blow night alert...

The little note in the lid is cute and I really like the towel... a 'can't buy in the shops' exclusive apparently!

The co2 diffuser is a bit of a new one on me. My site and style is all about easy, low maintnenace and low tech aquascaping, but!... I do suppose I can't really claim to know my trade until I've tried it... maybe I can rig something up with the co2 canisters I have for bike wheels that I got on the cheap some time back and use this in the 12litre nano tank... I'll see what I can do with the bits I've got this weekend... if I can't get everything attached properly, this may have to go unused though!... shame really...

Anyway I picked the package up from a neighbour who was very interested with a parcel from Norway relating to aquariums which he kept years ago and has passed onto his son (really nice guy who we see around quite a bit) so I think I'm going t get a visit from the son soon... I got the life story a little bit but it was quite nice to know there are local people into aquariums... they might be getting asked to fish sit next time we are away little do they know lol...

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« Reply #1680 on: January 10, 2019, 10:28:18 AM »
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My betta died yesterday - I found him last evening  :'(

He had not been well for a few weeks. He started by not eating, then hiding under decor and just wasted away. The really upsetting thing for me was that he became ill at the same time that my mother also became ill, so the betta was my second priority. Now that he has died I feel guilty I didn't try to treat whatever it was.
My mother died 4 weeks ago which is why I've not been on the forum as much as usual. I had no idea there was so much to do afterwards, and with so many bank holidays in the way I still haven't come to the end!

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« Reply #1681 on: January 10, 2019, 01:44:59 PM »
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Oh @Sue I'm so sorry to hear about both your mother and your betta.
Try not to feel guilty, you had a lot on your plate and your mother would obviously be the priority.
You have sadness heaped on top of sadness, and my thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

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« Reply #1682 on: January 10, 2019, 04:08:24 PM »
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@Sue  I am so sorry to hear about your mother and your betta. My thoughts are with you.

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« Reply #1683 on: January 10, 2019, 04:14:59 PM »
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Thank you both.

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« Reply #1684 on: January 10, 2019, 07:12:25 PM »
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Really sorry to hear of the series of unfortunate events here @Sue

This may provide no comfort at all, but treating your betta would not have come with a guarantee of a different outcome and I'm sure we would all have had the same set of priorities as you.

There certainly is a lot to do at a time like this so please do take what time you need to get straight. And if I may... please remember to take time to look after yourself too  :)

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« Reply #1685 on: January 10, 2019, 07:25:11 PM »
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Thanks Matt. There are times when our fish do need to take second place. I did water changes but little else I'm afraid - though I do find water changes to be quite relaxing in a funny sort of way. They make us spend time doing something that takes very little thought, and make us stop rushing round doing other things.

Things are finally slowing down, just a couple of things left to do, and then I have to wait while government agencies do their bit which will no doubt take some time. At least it'll give me time to relax a bit  :)








However, I did take time out to get a new betta this afternoon, though I can't decide what colour he is with the lights off. He's either cream, pale pink or pale peach. I'll have to wait till lights-on tomorrow......

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« Reply #1686 on: January 10, 2019, 08:00:21 PM »
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I had just sent Sue a PM in connection with her post earlier today, when I realised I'd forgotten to feed my fish - these dark mornings make me delay it as they're usually not moving about much. On checking the tank, I noticed that my first snail (the tiger nerite) was lying on his back in his food pot, with his innards out and twisted-looking, with no sign of attempting to rectify himself. I tried to turn him over with an aquascaping tool but he rolled back again. Thankfully, I succeeded on the 3rd attempt. He's spent the entire afternoon and early evening sleeping rather than cleaning the front pane of glass which more-or-less confirms that he'd fallen on his back overnight and had been lying awake, awaiting rescue. :-[ I have no valid reason for not having checked the tank occupants earlier in the day.

How nice to read that you have a new betta Sue - I think fish-browsing/buying can be very therapeutic at sad times like this.

PS. If you were still doing water changes, Sue, then you have absolutely no need to beat yourself up about your betta; it seems as though there was a weakness there, unfortunately.

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« Reply #1687 on: January 11, 2019, 08:23:58 AM »
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Please post pics of your new betta when you get some time Sue.
I'm sure he'll be a little ray of sunshine during these difficult times.  :)

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« Reply #1688 on: January 11, 2019, 09:35:02 AM »
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The new betta seems quite happy this morning so I'll take a photo when the tank lights come on.
By the time we got back with him yesterday it was getting dim so we had to turn the house lights on. The betta tank is in the kitchen under fluorescent lights which do distort the colour of things slightly which is why I wasn't sure what colour he is. Coupled with the fact that I don't see colours properly - the eye with the cataract op sees colour normally but the other eye is still waiting for an appointment and sees yellow. In the dim morning light using one eye, I think he's pale pink  ;D

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« Reply #1689 on: January 11, 2019, 04:34:35 PM »
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I have tried to photograph the new betta. He won't keep still so the best of the photos are still blurry. But you can get the idea of what he looks like. Now that the tank lights are on, he looks a slightly pinkish cream. He's definitely not white.

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« Reply #1690 on: January 11, 2019, 05:28:34 PM »
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He's stunning, with such lovely, flowing fins.  :afro

A very handsome chap.  :cheers:

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« Reply #1691 on: January 11, 2019, 06:39:29 PM »
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He is indeed beautiful.  8)

I see what you mean about colour not being clear - in the first photo, I'd describe him as a peach/cream colour, whereas I'd describe him as pink/cream from the second photo. It may depend on the light, angle, own eyes' (or separate own eyes') perception, etc. Whatever his colouring, he is lovely.


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« Reply #1692 on: January 11, 2019, 06:49:45 PM »
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He was the stand-out fish in the shop. There were not many bettas at this time of year with two full rows of the betta display system being empty. The next door fish was a stunner too - a blue and white marble pattern plakat, but knowing how the marble gene can cause the fish to change colour, I didn't want another blue and white fish that turned solid blue within a month. And there was a dark red and dark grey butterfly patterned betta but he would not have stood out against the (silk) plants in the tank.

The display system that this branch of MA uses has 4 rows of small tanks one above the other with water constantly tricking down from above, and out through a hole near the top of each container. The 'tanks' are open topped. There was only one chap on duty and he was rushed off his feet. He hadn't noticed until I pointed it out that one of the fish on the second row had jumped into his neighbours 'tank' and they were both laying on the bottom quite exhausted. Hopefully he separated them after we'd paid and left.....

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« Reply #1693 on: January 11, 2019, 07:48:11 PM »
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He's a stunner for sure Sue

I'm never sure how I feel about those little Betta tanks in the shop's. I'm also unsure about them in tanks with other fish to be honest which is how a few of the stores round me do it. They always look so lethargic in smaller tanks, but I don't know if they are stressed out surrounded by other fish?

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« Reply #1694 on: January 11, 2019, 08:01:09 PM »
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They do flare at the next door fish, and as I saw yesterday they can also jump into next door's tank to attack the fish in there.
However, male bettas have been kept in tiny jars ever since they were old enough to say they were males, so in one sense you could say they've never known anything else. And most of the bettas yesterday responded to me placing a pointed finger on the glass - apparently it looks like another male betta. (The exceptions were the two in the same tank) At least these display ranks do have filtered water. I've seen bettas for sale in half filled plastic pint beer glasses, kept warm by placing them on the cover glasses of the big tanks  >:(

The fish I feel sorry for are the ones put in large tanks with other fish, especially the ones sharing a tank with fin nippers. I've seen exhausted, finless fish sucked against the filter in big tanks in a lot of shops.


All my bettas over the years have given the impression of being amazed at having a lot of space and spend the first few days exploring their new boundaries.

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« Reply #1695 on: January 19, 2019, 09:30:31 PM »
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Minor panic when I realised that the heater had broken in one of my mudskipper tanks.
So glad I sorted through my box of spare equipment recently, and could locate a replacement very quickly.
I was worried that the pair of fish had gotten cold, as the temperature had dropped to <20C, but once things had warmed up a bit they emerged from their tunnels to investigate their food bowls. I was so relieved to see that they were ok.  :)

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Glad to hear they are OK. It's always a worry if the heater breaks at this time of year.

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« Reply #1697 on: January 20, 2019, 09:01:23 AM »
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No kidding. I was so happy to see that they were ok.
I'm also glad that all newer filters have covers, because the mudskippers will sit on anything, including the heaters, so I have to make sure they can't hurt themselves.

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« Reply #1698 on: January 24, 2019, 07:25:21 PM »
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 :rotfl:

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« Reply #1699 on: January 24, 2019, 07:57:07 PM »
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That reflection of an aquarist's thoughts is sooooooooooo true!  :rotfl:  :rotfl:  :rotfl:
When looking at an item of furniture, an aquarist (or certainly I and no doubt Littlefish) thinks "What dimensions of a fishtank might that hold on it?"
I'm sure there are countless other examples of aquarists' thoughts too.

I'm just about to have a dig in the "Danger - Keep out - fish euthanasia equipment" box for my clove oil to put on an aggravated impacted wisdom tooth. I used to keep clove oil in the medicine cabinet for such eventualities, then realised that it was likely to be put to more use with my aging population. I'll just need to be very careful, post-application, not to absent-mindedly have a tinker with the fishtank later on!

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