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Old 02-02-2015, 06:13 PM   #7391
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Wait you put $25 worth of live shrimp in with your betta. For food or just to have rhe shrimp?

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For tank mates, not food. Am I stupid??!!

The first two were fine for a few days, so yesterday I got more, including two Orange Bees I was extremely pleased with and a HUGE RCS that may have been a pregnant female but not sure.

I will wait to cry until I get this tear-down done.
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Old 02-02-2015, 06:57 PM   #7392
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For tank mates, not food. Am I stupid??!!

The first two were fine for a few days, so yesterday I got more, including two Orange Bees I was extremely pleased with and a HUGE RCS that may have been a pregnant female but not sure.

I will wait to cry until I get this tear-down done.
Never said you where stupid. Just didn't know the shrimps purpose

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Old 02-02-2015, 07:05 PM   #7393
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For tank mates, not food. Am I stupid??!!

The first two were fine for a few days, so yesterday I got more, including two Orange Bees I was extremely pleased with and a HUGE RCS that may have been a pregnant female but not sure.

I will wait to cry until I get this tear-down done.
Sounds like you want to "punish" your betta. Why take it out on him by not feeding him? It's not a kid or a dog, it's a fish. You can't train or reason with it not to do what it's going to do. Bettas are known to attack or eat shrimp.

How big of a tank are we talking about? How much hiding space? Did you find any evidence that the shrimp are dead, like shells or remains?
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Old 02-02-2015, 08:22 PM   #7394
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Sounds like you want to "punish" your betta. Why take it out on him by not feeding him? It's not a kid or a dog, it's a fish. You can't train or reason with it not to do what it's going to do. Bettas are known to attack or eat shrimp.

How big of a tank are we talking about? How much hiding space? Did you find any evidence that the shrimp are dead, like shells or remains?

If he had eaten them all, I figured he wouldn't NEED to eat for 2 days! But all is well -- Found the Shrimp!! Two are VERY small and have little color. I didn't get a perfect count, but I have at least five. No remains were found so I will try to get a better count on the way back in. The rebuild is done, the shrimp are in an aerated tub clinging to a moss ball, and the water is heating back up. I took pics for you guys who, like me, have never put dirt in a tank. What I can say is I'm very happy I have proper substrate coming for my 5 gal rectangle project, but it really wasn't as bad as it could have been, either.

To answer one question, this is a 2 gallon drum bowl with a moderately heavy planting and a "shrimp tunnel" (curved piece of coco shell with plants tied to the top of it. Also, this Betta is Very Well Fed. I probably over-feed him, but I let him eat as much as he will in 3 or 4 minutes. If he is still looking for food, I keep giving it to him in that period of time. I'm Italian, what can I say. No one goes hungry in an Italian home.

Thanks for the interactions, every one! Will post an album of the build when it's all downloaded & resized in a little while here. Meanwhile, I'm starving, need to pee, and sure could use a glass of wine right about now!
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I did a lot today. I cut my spraybar down from 5ft to 4, increased the size and number of holes. Emptied about 25 gallons of water onto my floor when I forgot to put the hose clamp back on. After cleaning that up I set up a second canister and ran a UV light from the outlet spending about 2.5 hours figuring out how to get it all attached and flowing correctly. Finally got it all hooked up and it's working great!


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Old 02-02-2015, 09:10 PM   #7396
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I did a lot today. I cut my spraybar down from 5ft to 4, increased the size and number of holes. Emptied about 25 gallons of water onto my floor when I forgot to put the hose clamp back on. After cleaning that up I set up a second canister and ran a UV light from the outlet spending about 2.5 hours figuring out how to get it all attached and flowing correctly. Finally got it all hooked up and it's working great!


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Was the floor carpet?!

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Luckily no. I hate carpeted floors so it's tile and just a rug.


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Thats one of the better floors to have a leak on. Carpet and hardwood floors are probably the 2 worst.

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Bought Squiggles, the squiggly BN.
And platies, and a swordtail for my cousins, and another albino BN. Yes, I know, only keep one unless they are paired. I'm hoping they will pair, but until then they are pretty small.


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Added sand, planted my new Blyxa, and pushed some flourish tabs to help get the new plants strong!

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