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Forum: Fish 10-15-2014, 08:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,001
Posted By Virto
I know my local petco can't keep BNs alive for...

I know my local petco can't keep BNs alive for anything - but the other fish tend to be perfectly healthy, as far as pet-store fish seem to go.

Shame you're not close - I can't keep BNs from...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 10-03-2014, 10:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 364
Posted By Virto
The BNs will only munch on dying plant leaves if...

The BNs will only munch on dying plant leaves if there's any other source of food. Swords have a tendency to shed the outer leaves pretty frequently - I pluck leaves every water change.

Now, BNs...
Forum: Fish 08-04-2014, 09:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 189
Posted By Virto
Your BNs should be fine. As they reach around a...

Your BNs should be fine. As they reach around a year of age, they'll start to become aggressive, and if your barbs get too close, the BNs will strike back. It's funny to see a BN free-swim in the...
Forum: Fish 08-04-2014, 09:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 280
Posted By Virto
Plecos LOVE high flow. I've had them climb into...

Plecos LOVE high flow. I've had them climb into powerheads, up hang-on filters and into spray bars. Looks like your powerhead just also happened to be a nice, cave-like surround.

They'll hatch...
Forum: Fish 08-04-2014, 09:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 187
Posted By Virto
Honestly, looks OK to me - I'd keep watch for a...

Honestly, looks OK to me - I'd keep watch for a few days and see it it changes at all. If not, it's likely just a coloration variant.

Grats on the lasers, btw. They're so gorgeous.
Forum: Fish 07-21-2014, 05:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 249
Posted By Virto
BNs are hogs - they'll eat almost anything and...

BNs are hogs - they'll eat almost anything and they'll eat non-stop. Oddly enough, algae wafers seem to be the least favorite option of any BN I've ever bred.

Zucchini tends to work better than...
Forum: Fish 07-18-2014, 05:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 280
Posted By Virto
I'd avoid the gourami or any other labyrinth...

I'd avoid the gourami or any other labyrinth fish. They will dwarf female betta splendens and can have very similar temperament. I wouldn't keep any fish that have a tendency to nip fins or that...
Forum: Fish 07-15-2014, 04:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 181
Posted By Virto
Yup. Buy your Lev from inkmkr.com - it worked...

Yup. Buy your Lev from inkmkr.com - it worked well for me.
Forum: Fish 07-15-2014, 04:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 260
Posted By Virto
I've had them breed in a hole in a log no bigger...

I've had them breed in a hole in a log no bigger around than a ping pong ball. If they want to, they'll find a way - but giving them multiple options is the best way to go.
Forum: Fish 07-14-2014, 08:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 524
Posted By Virto
You'll never get them all, no matter what - I did...

You'll never get them all, no matter what - I did it on gravel, which is just as bad since they can fall into the cracks. I have nematodes in that tank as well, and they survived both treatments,...
Forum: Fish 07-14-2014, 04:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 524
Posted By Virto
Levamisol for sure, treat everything. Levamisol...

Levamisol for sure, treat everything. Levamisol is a paralytic and you may notice your fish slowing down and your snails hiding in their shells - it's normal.

The worms will be passed (in most...
Forum: Fish 06-12-2014, 09:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 668
Posted By Virto
I HAVE SEEN THIS BEFORE and it is most common in...

I HAVE SEEN THIS BEFORE and it is most common in any BLUE bettas or bettas from blue genetic lines. It's essentially 100% lethal, as of the time when I last looked into it.

I suggest going here...
Forum: Fish 06-12-2014, 09:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 283
Posted By Virto
Aurie - my current male betta is very similar. ...

Aurie - my current male betta is very similar. Can't keep himself floating, can't rest upright without propping himself with fins or against a plant or object. Spends most of his time inside his...
Forum: Fish 04-18-2014, 05:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 232
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 04-17-2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 422
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: 516
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: 23
Views: 1,001
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: 304
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: 234
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: 372
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: 586
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: 317
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: 317
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: 559
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: 750
Posted By Virto
And guppies are stupid...wanna fight about it? :)

And guppies are stupid...wanna fight about it? :)
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