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Old 01-18-2011, 05:28 AM   #31
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i didnt realize that cardinals were bigger. and to be truthful, cardinal tetra sounds better and less " clown puke gravel"-ish than neon tetra. i didnt know they were that different besides the coloration

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Old 01-18-2011, 05:49 AM   #32
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Yeah no problem.
You wanna go really small check out Green Neons - they're tiny.
But make sure they're full-grown if putting them with a Betta, or they might end up as snacks.

Haha neon tetra does sound a little stupid I suppose, could always call them Innesis. Haha
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Old 01-18-2011, 05:53 AM   #33
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haha, ill keep my eye out for green neons
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Old 01-18-2011, 02:49 PM   #34
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you really think it would be overstocked with 2-3 otos, a betta, and 6-tetras? i thought 6 was a minimum number for tetras to be happy. im def getting a betta
It really depends on how heavily planted your tank is. More plants = more fish.
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Old 01-18-2011, 05:25 PM   #35
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im planning on heavilly planting this baby i love plants. but i think i will stick with my current stocking list. at least for now

i dont really like the way anubias looks when the rhizome and roots are exposed, it doesnt look clean. how can i hide at least the roots?
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:27 PM   #36
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i just got my fish

i ended up getting a "king betta" aka giant halfmoon plakat. it is blue, and i will post pictures when he settles in

i also got 6 neon tetras, but it looks like only a few will survive they havent been introduced yet, and most are lying on the bottom of the bag, =[

more plants should be here soon
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:29 PM   #37
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Cool. I'd love to be able to compare and contrast the Petco "kings" (I don't know why it irks me so much that they misuse that term, but it does) and the giant I got from Thailand.
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:21 PM   #38
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sure!

update-all of my neons have died they havent even acclimated yet :'( at least i havent gotten attached yet

by betta is blue, his colors come out soo well when he flares
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Old 01-20-2011, 03:29 AM   #39
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so i was at petco, looking at the filters, and i called petsmart to ask for a price check and availability for the aquaclear 20. they told me they were on sale and they had them in stock. upon arriving at petsmart, they had none! so i talked to the manager, and i got them to give me the aquaclear 30 or the same price. so now i have a nice clean and effective filter

ive named the plakat Leroy. im very fond of him already <3

here are some pictures

this one has the most accurate color for the blue in his tail



this one is a good picture of his fin shape and it showcases the red in his tail. the real-life coloration is a mix of this and the first pictures



another nice picture.

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Old 01-20-2011, 06:39 PM   #40
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I'm intrigued by your tank journal so far so I thought I would give my two cents. Personally I would but more ottos. I have 5 ottos with my Betta in his ten gallon and I don't think it could be a better match. Schooling ottos are the cutest.
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Old 01-20-2011, 06:48 PM   #41
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i have been trying FOREVER to find more otos. petsmart never has them. but id like to try to get them before the sale is over. they wouldve had them today when i went to get more tetras, but they got a small shipment on tuesday because of the nasty weather here.

i got 6 more neons
and i got 3 ghost shrimp. hope they dont become food. and i put a black background on it ( looks great ). the neons are shoaling nicely. occasionally two will go off by themselves, but they always make their way back. i think they are the same ones each time ( idk why they do this ). i fed Leroy when i introduced them, they get along fine Leroy likes to follow them, almost like he wants to be in the school lol, but he is never aggressive. the shrimp are super cool, and you can see the red bloodworm bits inside them when they eat, lol! when he isnt following the neons, Leroy is either practicing flaring or make a bubble nest. does that ( bubble nest ) mean he is happy?

my younger brother named the neons. he named them bluey, goldie, puffy, muffy, fin, and finny. LOL!!

and the one shrimp i can tell apart, i named him Edwardo.

im getting pictures for you right now. shouldnt be much longer

i also cleaed up the algae. root tabs and plants should be here today or tomorrow
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Old 01-20-2011, 06:55 PM   #42
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PLANTS ARE HERE!!! they look GREAT!! ill take pics after i plant them


any advice on how to make sure they are clean? no snails/algae? for now i just stuck the bag into the tank, to get the temperature back up. im excited
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He's BEAUTIFUL! Much prettier than the other PetCo giants I've seen. Do you know how big he is? I checked my PetCo again (when buying meds last night) and while they now have Halfmoons (a couple nice ones too!), I still haven't seen any giants.
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Old 01-20-2011, 07:04 PM   #44
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he is so much prettier in real-life when you can see his colors shimmer and change. as soon as i put his bag into the tank to acclimate, he flushed BRIGHT blue


he is about 1 3/4 - 2 inches. not including the fins. i was kind of worried if he would be aggressive, after watching him tear up the blood worms. but he is a big teddy bear ;D
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Even sick Crowley is a mighty hunter when it comes to blood worms, LOL! He tore into them like crazy this morning.
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