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Old 04-08-2011, 06:13 PM   #1
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Hi! My name is Liz, and I've been lurking these forums for about six months now. I got into keeping fish because of a friend in college. I had no idea what I was doing when I started, and got two male cichlids, haha. One passed away of Malawi bloat, which I know about now, but one is still kicking, pushing five years old. I have another Mbuna in a separate tank (thought it was a female, changed color less than a month after I bought him). I'm running a 29, 10 and 3 gallon tank (veiltail Betta) and have an empty 20 long in the basement. Still in college, and I live with my mom. I love keeping fish and I have found a lifelong hobby. So, hello!
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:17 PM   #3
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:21 PM   #4
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Hi! My name is Liz, and I've been lurking these forums for about six months now. I got into keeping fish because of a friend in college. I had no idea what I was doing when I started, and got two male cichlids, haha. One passed away of Malawi bloat, which I know about now, but one is still kicking, pushing five years old. I have another Mbuna in a separate tank (thought it was a female, changed color less than a month after I bought him). I'm running a 29, 10 and 3 gallon tank (veiltail Betta) and have an empty 20 long in the basement. Still in college, and I live with my mom. I love keeping fish and I have found a lifelong hobby. So, hello!
Hi, and welcome to AA.

I'm sorry I have bad news, but that Betta should really be in a minimum of five gallons. I have mine in a ten gallon with a divider, so they both get five gallons of room each.

But anyway, welcome to AA and enjoy the forum. We are glad to have you!
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:26 PM   #5
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The debate on the size tank for bettas is still raging. He has plenty of room in his three gallon, and is extraordinarily happy. He plays with my finger through the glass (and tries to nip at it when I test my water). The one mistake I made with him was not getting a filter. He came down with a minor case of fin rot not long after I got him. Glad to say they grew back, and he has a filter in the tank now . Newbie mistakes.
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:29 PM   #6
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Post a thread asking the minimum tank size and tell me what you get the most of.

I'm not being snippy or condescending, I actually would be interested in seeing what results you get.
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Why don't you put him in the ten gallon? Bettas, as long as they're the only fish that is, or looks like a Betta, make great community fish! Which leads me to the next question... Stocking... And pictures!
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Why don't you put him in the ten gallon? Bettas, as long as they're the only fish that is, or looks like a Betta, make great community fish! Which leads me to the next question... Stocking... And pictures!
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But I will clarify, no other fish can look like bettas. Such as no guppies.

I know you said that homedog, but it looked like you had a typo and skipped a word.

And also, males and females are to be kept together for breeding only. Just saying to make sure you know.
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The cichlid is in the ten gallon until he gets a bit bigger and needs the 20 gallon. I suppose I could swap them sooner. I could take a picture and post it if you'd like. He seems perfectly comfortable, if you think it's too small I could move them. I'm actually off to Petco right now because my nitrate levels are testing suspiciously low pre-water-change, so I'm suspicious my kit is expiring.
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Don't think keeping a golden Mbuna and a Betta together would end well...
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