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Old 10-31-2014, 06:42 PM   #21
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Thank you

My tank is not planted. Maybe someday.... :P Not ready for that yet. We use sand.

Originally the catfish were going to be with our male betta (if he didn't get along with them we were going to have him in a 5g), but very sadly he passed mid October after getting dropsy We miss him so much. So we never had a chance to find out if he would get along with the pygmy catfish.

We went to return some medicine we never opened to use for him, and my hubby saw this sweet little female betta, and we had to have her (apparently I was telling him we should adopt her like 15 times lol). While our boy could never be replaced, we wanted to give this sweet girl a home. So she came home with us... and we had her in a 1g plastic tank temporarily, it was never meant to be permanent don't worry!, we bought it because we didn't want her in a tiny cup/container EVER again (wish I hadn't spent money on that, it was used for maybe 24 hrs and is in the closet now) in a warmer part of the house that turned out to not be as warm in the water as we thought even tho the room temp was good, so she floated in a cup in the 5g tank with the catfish (this was all temporary while we tested the cycle in the 10g that our betta boy had been living in), and she kept tipping in so I said to heck with it and let her in there with the pygmy catfish. She basically left them alone in the 5g. They were in there together maybe 3-5 days?

Then we moved them to the 10g when it was ready, and the first day she did nip at a catfish's tail when he was hiding under a fake plant (I liken that to a dog chasing a hiding cat lol) but since then we have not observed any mean behavior. Of course we keep an eye on that, and should she be aggressive, we will have to put her into our 5g tank.

Sorry for the long reply lol but there you have it
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Old 10-31-2014, 07:25 PM   #22
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I did not place substrate beneath my gravel. I am learning so much that I should have done. LOL
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Old 10-31-2014, 08:19 PM   #23
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Dragon - I'm sorry to here about your male but I'm glad you found another gorgeous betta. That's kinda how it ended up with my purchase of my latter 3, walked into the store and couldn't resist.

Hickoryboy - I believe that if you get the right type of substrate you can place it on top and it will work its way down but you would have tondona little more research on that
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KryinMunkee13, thank you so much. I am considering upgrading to a bigger tank, but nontheless I will definetly look into that.
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Old 10-31-2014, 08:59 PM   #25
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In NY opinion planted tanks look much better. As well as providing great cover for fish that is soft and doesn't damage fins, adds CO2 naturally so you don't need to add much if any and helps with the overall well being of the habitat. And substrate is the way to keep your plants healthy
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Old 10-31-2014, 09:19 PM   #26
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Thank you for that information, I love the look of the live plants. I did not choose good ones. :-( And I do not have enough plants in my tank. Live and learn I guess. I will surely need to get some more. Now which ones to get?? LOL
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Old 10-31-2014, 09:40 PM   #27
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Thank you. He was our little buddy. We miss him a lot. I have videos and pics of him though, so, good memories

Yeah, fish can be hard to resist. I shouldn't look at bettas anymore because I'll want to adopt more and I don't have room for a bunch of tanks lol. But I can't help it, I like bettas a lot...

We haven't named the female yet. We care about her a lot, but, we were so attached to our boy and we just aren't ready to name her yet. I call her Miss Betta and Miss Fish lol. Can't really name the catfish. They all look the same for the most part.
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Old 10-31-2014, 10:44 PM   #28
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Make sure when you get plants to know how tall they will get so you don't place a tall one in the front. But remember that you can always up root and rearrange if need be, no harm done to the plants
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As for more betta, there is always room. I am building a stand to house four 5g tanks. Essentially a side-by-side double tank stand.
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KryinMunkee13, thank you for all your advice, it is greatly appreciated!
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