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« Topic Start: April 02, 2011, 12:25:25 pm »

Anyone else into fish? After years of going w/out I broke down and got back into fish. I found a pathetically undernourished and sad Betta at the local walmart *shudder* and rescued him. He's a common betta, blue with red highlights. I also picked up a few tetra, ghost shrimp and mystery snails (the tetras, all but one of the snails and all but 1 of the shrimp are in a separate tank from the betta). The betta seems to be doing better in a 1.5 gal tank with 1 snail and 1 shrimp (for hygiene purposes) I'm hoping to move him to the larger tank with the rest once he's settled and gotten a bit healthier as tetras, snails, and ghost shrimp are meant to be okay betta tankmates.

Anyone else a fish person?
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« Reply #1: April 02, 2011, 03:23:12 pm »

Anyone else into fish? After years of going w/out I broke down and got back into fish. I found a pathetically undernourished and sad Betta at the local walmart *shudder* and rescued him. He's a common betta, blue with red highlights. I also picked up a few tetra, ghost shrimp and mystery snails (the tetras, all but one of the snails and all but 1 of the shrimp are in a separate tank from the betta). The betta seems to be doing better in a 1.5 gal tank with 1 snail and 1 shrimp (for hygiene purposes) I'm hoping to move him to the larger tank with the rest once he's settled and gotten a bit healthier as tetras, snails, and ghost shrimp are meant to be okay betta tankmates.

Anyone else a fish person?

Oooh, yes!  Most of our tanks are empty now due to our work/house/yard demands being too great to keep up the maintenance, but I'm hoping to be dropping down from a 50+ hour a week job to part-time soon so I've been thinking of new set-ups.  Your betta is a lucky little fellow to have a nice home.  We have one at the office that I take care of, but the person who technically owns him keeps him in a tiny little bowl.  Sad 

How do you like the ghost shrimp?  I'd like to re-do our 55 gallon into a community tank and I was pondering ghost or cherry shrimp, but I've never kept them before.  And what kind of tetras do you have? Cardinals and bleeding hearts are my favorites, but there are so many fantastic looking ones to pick from.  Smiley
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« Reply #2: April 02, 2011, 07:49:41 pm »

Oooh, yes!  Most of our tanks are empty now due to our work/house/yard demands being too great to keep up the maintenance, but I'm hoping to be dropping down from a 50+ hour a week job to part-time soon so I've been thinking of new set-ups.  Your betta is a lucky little fellow to have a nice home.  We have one at the office that I take care of, but the person who technically owns him keeps him in a tiny little bowl.  Sad 

How do you like the ghost shrimp?  I'd like to re-do our 55 gallon into a community tank and I was pondering ghost or cherry shrimp, but I've never kept them before.  And what kind of tetras do you have? Cardinals and bleeding hearts are my favorites, but there are so many fantastic looking ones to pick from.  Smiley

The ghost shrimp are interesting, finding them when they aren't active is a bit like where's waldo in the community tank as they blend int0 anything (being clear and all), on the plus side they're extremely active swimmers so they're pretty fun to watch, they're even more active than the tetras (neons, wanted something a bit more 'exotic but the neons were the only tetras the local petsmart had).

I guess there is some concern with aggressive fish eating them but the tetras are way too small to eat them - at least the adults and at $.33 a piece it's not a huge potential loss. My biggest problem is finding them to do a 'head count' but since I've moved the betta and his stump that's a hair less problematic.

I also have a few live plants I picked up and the shrimp like to hang out on top of the leaves and filter water or rear up it's pretty amusing. All in all I'd say they're a fun investment.
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« Reply #3: April 02, 2011, 08:46:03 pm »

All in all I'd say they're a fun investment.

forgot to add that from reading some folks recommend aquarium salts for ghost shrimp. I've held off as I've also read that the mystery snails don't like aquarium salt but both like/require calcium supplements. I may scoop the shrimp and snails into separate bowls and dose 'em then put 'em back at some point depending on their health. I've had both for less than a week now though and they seem happy.

The other caveat is that apparently sometimes the ghost shrimp don't adapt to the higher end of tropical temps well and will turn pink and die (apparently turning pink is pretty universal when they die, at least it makes clean up easier). Right now the community tank.s is at about 80 (I say about 'cause I'm using one of the thermometers that suctions to the inside of the tank and they can be a bit off). Smiley
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« Reply #4: April 02, 2011, 08:49:31 pm »



Also, before I forget again, this http://www.petshrimp.com/discussions/viewforum.php?f=2&sid=78fa0ba1cee3efd4e0699878c93f519a appears to be pretty useful for general info on various shrimp. I haven't ordered anything from this guy so I can't vouch on that side but most of what I read checks out.
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« Reply #5: April 02, 2011, 09:11:18 pm »

Anyone else into fish? After years of going w/out I broke down and got back into fish. I found a pathetically undernourished and sad Betta at the local walmart *shudder* and rescued him. He's a common betta, blue with red highlights. I also picked up a few tetra, ghost shrimp and mystery snails (the tetras, all but one of the snails and all but 1 of the shrimp are in a separate tank from the betta). The betta seems to be doing better in a 1.5 gal tank with 1 snail and 1 shrimp (for hygiene purposes) I'm hoping to move him to the larger tank with the rest once he's settled and gotten a bit healthier as tetras, snails, and ghost shrimp are meant to be okay betta tankmates.

Anyone else a fish person?

I had a betta, and I loved him. Unfortunately, our family cat decided she liked him too, and a few weeks ago when I came home from class, my betta had disappeared from his bowl. It was very tragic.

I love having fish, I just don't know if it's worth getting another one with my kitty around.
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« Reply #6: April 02, 2011, 09:42:32 pm »

The ghost shrimp are interesting, finding them when they aren't active is a bit like where's waldo in the community tank as they blend int0 anything (being clear and all), on the plus side they're extremely active swimmers so they're pretty fun to watch, they're even more active than the tetras (neons, wanted something a bit more 'exotic but the neons were the only tetras the local petsmart had).

I guess there is some concern with aggressive fish eating them but the tetras are way too small to eat them - at least the adults and at $.33 a piece it's not a huge potential loss. My biggest problem is finding them to do a 'head count' but since I've moved the betta and his stump that's a hair less problematic.

I also have a few live plants I picked up and the shrimp like to hang out on top of the leaves and filter water or rear up it's pretty amusing. All in all I'd say they're a fun investment.

Oh cool, thanks for the information.  You've got a good point that even if they turn into a snack, it's not a significant financial loss.  I learned that with mystery snails after I added some small ones to our cichlid tank and my big severum figured out how to ram them with his nose and crack their shells open. 

Neons are a nice tetra and you know they won't cause any trouble with the other fish at least.  I noticed that a lot of Petsmarts have really cut back on their fish selection, which is a shame.  Our local store removed about half of their tanks so now it's mostly goldfish.  Disappointing.  Sad
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Neons are a nice tetra and you know they won't cause any trouble with the other fish at least.  I noticed that a lot of Petsmarts have really cut back on their fish selection, which is a shame.  Our local store removed about half of their tanks so now it's mostly goldfish.  Disappointing.  Sad

Right I fgured the tetras would be a safe bet and at $2 a piece they weren't horrendously pricey. I went by to get a better filter as I'd been using a temporary/too small filter until I could get back up there and yeah their selection is not exactly epic. It's better than wal mart but...yeah what isn't?

As far as betta's the best lesson I ever learned was to keep a lid on 'em literally as they love to jump which sorta kinda encouraged my cats to 'play' with them. :/ But my new one is doing well. I'll give him a month solo to fatten up and settle and then see if he's interested in the community tank.
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« Reply #8: April 03, 2011, 02:35:53 am »

Anyone else into fish? After years of going w/out I broke down and got back into fish. I found a pathetically undernourished and sad Betta at the local walmart *shudder* and rescued him. He's a common betta, blue with red highlights. I also picked up a few tetra, ghost shrimp and mystery snails (the tetras, all but one of the snails and all but 1 of the shrimp are in a separate tank from the betta). The betta seems to be doing better in a 1.5 gal tank with 1 snail and 1 shrimp (for hygiene purposes) I'm hoping to move him to the larger tank with the rest once he's settled and gotten a bit healthier as tetras, snails, and ghost shrimp are meant to be okay betta tankmates.

Anyone else a fish person?

The fish that we have are pond fish, I'm afraid. We have Koi carp, Ghost carp, Mirror carp, Goldfish, Comets and various others.
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« Reply #9: April 03, 2011, 03:37:46 am »

The fish that we have are pond fish, I'm afraid. We have Koi carp, Ghost carp, Mirror carp, Goldfish, Comets and various others.

I used to live in Japan and did landscaping for a lady here in the states that had Koi. I once went to a temple in Japan, it was in the middle of this really busy area we kinda stumbled onto it, and in the back of the temple was a truly gorgeous sculpted garden with enormous like damn near salmon sized koi. They were so cool.
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« Reply #10: April 03, 2011, 06:38:43 am »

I used to live in Japan and did landscaping for a lady here in the states that had Koi. I once went to a temple in Japan, it was in the middle of this really busy area we kinda stumbled onto it, and in the back of the temple was a truly gorgeous sculpted garden with enormous like damn near salmon sized koi. They were so cool.

Proper Japanese Koi ponds are truly amazing. I wish ours was quite that organized.....

Oh, and I mustn't forget all the frogs that return here year after year to spawn-we have loads of the blasted things! My cat loves them-they squeak.
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