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Forum: Fish Today, 05:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 67
Posted By Virto
Wish you were closer - I've still got 9 of my...

Wish you were closer - I've still got 9 of my last spawn.

My BNs spawn in anything - this last time was a 20L. Males will disappear into whatever cave or log you've provided for egglaying and you...
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 04:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 276
Posted By Virto
Callimanus worms, sounds like. The entire tank...

Callimanus worms, sounds like. The entire tank needs to be treated. If one fish has them, it's highly likely that the others do as well, even if you can't see them.

Also, NEVER flush a fish that...
Forum: Fish 04-11-2014, 11:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 286
Posted By Virto
Very possible. I only keep one convict these...

Very possible.

I only keep one convict these days, but I have seen them in this color pattern before, when ill, stressed or underfed.

Save this fish only if you have a seriously large tank for...
Forum: Fish 04-11-2014, 11:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 629
Posted By Virto
I'd have to say infection, fin rot or water...

I'd have to say infection, fin rot or water issues. I do run into issues with fins on my bottom dwellers, but it's usually caused by my hyperactive female BN.

Since your BN is also nubbed, I'd...
Forum: Fish 04-11-2014, 11:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 192
Posted By Virto
Planaria for sure. I have quite a few in my...

Planaria for sure.

I have quite a few in my little overgrown 10 gallon betta tank. The tank has run for a long time without rescape, and homed many different fish. Every time there was a death,...
Forum: Fish 04-11-2014, 11:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 120
Posted By Virto
I had a pair of pearls in a similar situation. ...

I had a pair of pearls in a similar situation. As the months went by, the behavior never changed.

Eventually, the male got sick when he was old and weak - callimanus worms - and once he couldn't...
Forum: Fish 04-03-2014, 09:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 292
Posted By Virto
I wish you were closer - I've still got a mess of...

I wish you were closer - I've still got a mess of juvies ready to re-home.

I tend to feed them whatever leftovers lie around after making dinner. They love bell peppers, but they tend to cloud...
Forum: Fish 03-07-2014, 05:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 417
Posted By Virto
First pic does look like an otto, but there's no...

First pic does look like an otto, but there's no mistaking the underside. BN fry, for sure. Trust me - I still have 15 or so to get rid of.
Forum: Fish 03-06-2014, 05:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 238
Posted By Virto
Sorry to hear he passed, but it's a normal part...

Sorry to hear he passed, but it's a normal part of our passion and this hobby - I'll admit, a fish like a betta, that possesses a lot of personality, makes it more difficult.

I've got an 11 year...
Forum: Fish 03-05-2014, 03:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 238
Posted By Virto
Average lifespan for a domestic splendens is 2-5...

Average lifespan for a domestic splendens is 2-5 years based on genetics, water condition, feeding, so on, so forth.

Dropsy in a betta, once obvious, is generally fatal, and quickly. You can...
Forum: Fish 02-26-2014, 03:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 257
Posted By Virto
I have a pearl gourami that had a similar spot...

I have a pearl gourami that had a similar spot near the mouth, which has completely cleared up without special treatment.

I kind of assumed it's just a scrape - she lost some scales and was...
Forum: Fish 02-25-2014, 03:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 665
Posted By Virto
And guppies are stupid...wanna fight about it? :)

And guppies are stupid...wanna fight about it? :)
Forum: Fish 02-25-2014, 03:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 520
Posted By Virto
I'd think a 33 could make for an excellent...

I'd think a 33 could make for an excellent sorority, but I don't think I'd introduce multiple males or mixed groups in something that small.

Wild type bettas are the exception - they haven't been...
Forum: Fish 02-25-2014, 03:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 289
Posted By Virto
If I stun a fly in the spring or summer, I'll...

If I stun a fly in the spring or summer, I'll drop it into the convict tank and it becomes a sizable meal.

Common black house ants are probably ideal betta sized snacks, but ants to have powerful...
Forum: Fish 02-24-2014, 05:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 552
Posted By Virto
I've lost fish in tanks with assassin snails, and...

I've lost fish in tanks with assassin snails, and they'll completely hollow a corpse out by liquifying and slurping up the goods in a day or less, depending on size.

I've also got planaria in...
Forum: Fish 02-24-2014, 05:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 418
Posted By Virto
His eyes look normal - they tend to stick out...

His eyes look normal - they tend to stick out pretty far as is. I've had a betta with popeye before, and trust me, it's generally obvious.

Doesn't look like dropsy, if that's why you're worried...
Forum: Fish 02-24-2014, 05:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 665
Posted By Virto
Hopefully is the key word, lol. I've still...

Hopefully is the key word, lol.

I've still got 10 or so that need to be dealt with. I know the local Petco has trouble keeping imported BNs alive in the water we have in town, so any leftovers I...
Forum: Fish 02-21-2014, 07:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 665
Posted By Virto
That is a great tank. Be warned - BNs can...

That is a great tank.

Be warned - BNs can spawn immediately after fry are free-swimming and out of the cave. I had 3 days between the fry leaving the cave before dad was back in there, fanning...
Forum: Fish 02-21-2014, 06:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 665
Posted By Virto
Welcome to my personal hell. Have the fry...

Welcome to my personal hell.

Have the fry already HATCHED? If they haven't hatched yet, you're in luck - set up a 5-10 gallon bare tank and move whatever cave or log the eggs are attached to into...
Forum: Tank Journals 02-18-2014, 06:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 463
Posted By Virto
Lol, I thought that too. I dig that piece of...

Lol, I thought that too.

I dig that piece of wood - once that tank grows in it's going to be awesome.
Forum: Fish 02-18-2014, 04:33 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 950
Posted By Virto
Yes they will. Not just that - they'll...

Yes they will.

Not just that - they'll ANNIHILATE your pest snail problem, but guess what happens then? Plenty of food means plenty of breeding. I started with 4 assassins into a 20L stocked...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-17-2014, 08:19 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 502
Posted By Virto
Either way, you'd still need in-tank filtration,...

Either way, you'd still need in-tank filtration, especially if you're slow-changing the water.

An auto water changer isn't a bad idea, but you still have to vacuum the tank, unless you're using...
Forum: Fish 02-14-2014, 06:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 175
Posted By Virto
Either is fine. I'd probably run the 78-76...

Either is fine.

I'd probably run the 78-76 since it's less work for the heater = less energy used. Lower than that range might be pushing the fish out of the activity zone and into...
Forum: Fish 02-10-2014, 11:55 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 790
Posted By Virto
They really do. I'd suggest visiting a larger...

They really do. I'd suggest visiting a larger LFS - many stock them now, as they've proven popular for smaller tanks.
Forum: Fish 02-10-2014, 11:54 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 706
Posted By Virto
It's possible that you may lose a fish or two - I...

It's possible that you may lose a fish or two - I did, but the treatment worked and it's worth a loss here or there.

Your snails may very well recover - Levamisole is a paralytic, so they may be...
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