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07-01-2009 05:46 AM
Karackle Thank you for the condolences, he will be sorely missed! As will this was the first tank I set up intentionally as a planted before I really knew what I was doing (inert gravel...silly me!) I am sure it's next incarnation will be even better and that much more fun now I know what I am doing (well....kind of anyway).

Thanks for all of the encouragement and advice along the way everyone! My little 5.5 and I will be back some time in the fall after the move
06-27-2009 05:29 PM
sewingalot Sad day, indeed! I am sorry to hear about Mr Bettastic. He was such a great guy, very beautiful and vibrant.
06-26-2009 02:39 PM
Karackle Sad day, Mr. Bettastic passed away, I'm not sure if it was residual trauma from the heat spike or what. I check parameters, they were fine, temp was fine. He'd been lethargic for a few days so I checked everything, temp was a LITTLE higher than it had beem from the first few days of heat we've had, but nothing extreme for sure. He was very beautiful and died before his time. He will be missed.

The other sad thing about this is that it means I will be shutting down this tank now in preparation for the move in August I am downsizing my number of tanks (TEMPORARILY) I will set this one or the 10 back up after the move as a Betta tank because I love having a Betta! For now, RIP Bettastic and Tank!
06-09-2009 01:35 AM
sewingalot Ugh, sucks about the moss. More importantly how is Bettatastic doing with the temperature? Hopefully well.

Edit - you answered my question, duh.
06-08-2009 02:09 PM
Karackle Oops! I never updated this, Mr. Bettastic is doing well, but I did lose a lot of plants (including flame moss) during the temp spike. Bummer. But I am going to get some major renovations done in the next couple of days with the gorgeous plants from SewingAlot (thanks again!) that still need homes, so stay tuned!
04-29-2009 12:27 PM
Karackle Yeah, he was floating near the top (i imagine in order to breath) so I got nervous, but as soon as I put in cool water, he was swimming around like nothing was wrong.

I think I'll have to keep a closer eye on the plants to watch out for die-off due to high temps so i don't get an ammonia spike.
04-29-2009 04:53 AM
sewingalot Oh no! I would just keep an eye on him and put in extra air if possible to get the oxygen back up. Luckily, they like higher than normal temperatures, so I think he will be just fine.
04-28-2009 08:24 PM
Karackle YIKES!!!

I got home today and my bettas was sitting near the surface of his tank. I thought he was dead at first but luckily he wasn't. UNluckily the water was nearly 100 degrees! I noticed it was high yesterday after a 90degree day so i turned the heater down. Apparently i turned it up!

I quickly did a 50% water change with some cooler water to cool him back off. Is there anything else I should do? Is there anything I should keep an eye on or out for as a repercussion?

Any input would be appreciated!

04-10-2009 02:38 AM

Soooooooooooo handsome. Are you sure I can't have him?

I feel your pain with euthanasia. I just lost the battle with my platty that had dropsy. His dropsy got better, but he just started laying on his side barely moving. I actually had to get my husband to euthanize the poor guy because I was so teary-eyed.

Your tank is looking awesome. How often do you feed Bettastic brine shrimp. Cool name, by the way.
04-10-2009 02:34 AM
Originally Posted by Complexity View Post
I didn't know you could use Jobe's stick ferts in a tank? I may try that some day.

Kara, I bought some of the Wonder Gro Tablets, but the only tank I saw any change in was my little 5g. It might be because I don't dose that tank with any ferts at all while the EI method already gives my plants in the other tanks all they need so giving them more didn't seem to do much.

I have seen an improvement in my plants when I've used the Flourish Tabs. The plants seem to grow faster and stronger when I use them.
I saw that you can use them on Chuck's Planted aquarium I used the fern and palm and also, I used these which were for ponds. However, I didn't use them that long, so I would definitely look up details. Some are for and some are against them.
04-09-2009 07:44 PM
Karackle heeheehee all excellent points, I will have to play with the various pictures and see what works best
04-09-2009 04:28 PM
Complexity Yeah, I'm not sure how the peeking one would look once resized to an avatar, but if it doesn't turn out good, then I vote for #2 which I think is the one you mentioned, as well. Or you can use #1 if you rotated the pic and cropped it so the plants won't look funny being sideways.
04-09-2009 03:27 PM
Karackle Thanks! I think that one is my favorite too, though I think the clearest focus is the one where he is picking the brine shrimp off the wall, but the peeking through the plants might just have to be my new avatar
04-09-2009 03:25 PM
Karackle Vicki, thanks for the info! I'll look into those options as well I'd like to find out more about the Jobe's, I worry a little about using non-planted tank specific fertilizer in such a small tank as my 5.5g, so a little more research might be at hand
04-09-2009 03:24 PM
Complexity Wow, I love your pictures! You're not kidding, you got some really good ones! I think the 3rd one is my favorite. I love how he's peeking through the plants. Perfect focus on it, too!
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