Wednesday, August 21, 2013

So, I wasn't able to catch Hot Stuff in my 10 gallon, so I am breeding Bella with Lucky instead. They are in the breeding tank now. Mean while, my other neon tetras are stressed and paling because there are only 4 left. They look confused. Neon tetras are schooling fish, so you need atleast 5, although they do best with 7 or more. My neon tetras will be released into the tank tomorrow night. I set up the breeding tank to have specific qualities that will make my neon tetras breed.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Breeding pair and cleaning crew

I have an update on my cleaning crew:
Because Mystery died, I got Patch, a Black Mystery Snail.
I also got two more small ghost shrimp because I cant find Casper and I do not know what happened to him.

Also, I am planning on breeding Hot Stuff and Bella. 
Bella is the female, but in this photo Hot Stuff looks like a female, too. I hope he isnt or I will have to name her Rosie and choose another male.
I am looking for a specific gene: to have a really bright stripe.
Do you think I can do it?
Also, I have one red one and an orange one for a reason:
I want to see if the fry will turn out to be pale red, red, orange, or some red some orange. 
My good friend, Crystal, might be interested in keeping some fry.
I will keep you posted on this topic.
Until then, Happy Betta Keeping!

Monday, August 5, 2013

I am at my Mom's house

I got the pH modifier powder. I did not get what I was going to get because it can cause the pH to go to low. Thank god I got the stuff that just makes the pH go to 7, because as it turns out the pH is to low, so this will help. Because I had them in my .33, I floated them in a Ziploc. If you do that, take them out before 5 minutes because they have limited oxygen. Mine were only floating for a few minutes. Here is the video of them being released into my 10 gallon
Happy betta keeping,

Sunday, August 4, 2013

I am at my Dad's house

so I cant talk to you about my fish or show you pics, but I can show you this:
Also, I was wondering if any one knew why some neon tetras are read and others are orange....?

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Officially a community fish tank!

My aquarium is now officially a community betta fish tank! I got 8 neon tetras, but then I only had 3 left because all the rest died. I did a test and found out that the pH was WAY to high and that was causing a few other things off. So I need this
So today we went to PetCo, but Roy was in a hurry, so we only got 3 neon tetras and did not get the pH stuff. I put the water from the bag with the 3 new neon tetras in my .33 gallon with my other 3 neon tetras, and then put in the 3 new ones. I think they remember each other because they all raced to each other and seemed very happy. they are still in the .33 right now and will be until I get this API pH down stuff.
Tomorrow I am hoping to go with Mom and buy this and a betta hammock. Because my filter is to one side of my aquarium, the other side got cloudy. Of course, it cleared up after taking my neon tetras out, but when I put them in, the aquarium will just get cloudy again. I decided to add a new addition to the cleaning crew. I was thinking about Cory cat fish. I was going to get 2 and 1 albino one, but then I had a better idea. I saw a type of fish that I really, really want, a borneo sucker. I want one sooo bad. So then I decided to look at them more. They get 4 inches, which is actually a perfect size, and you only need one! They look soooo cool! Just look at this Borneo Sucker (Picture Courtesy of PetCo, I got it from their website.)
So I think I am going to get one of those instead. Don't they look really cool and cute? I might get a baby.
That is all for today.
Happy Betta Keeping!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Cleaning crew

I got my cleaning crew today! Thank you Mom!
It consists of
Pier, oldest and biggest ghost shrimp
Casper, youngest and smallest ghost shrimp
Mystery, black mystery snail
Final competition results
2:2 tie, none from you, so I decided myself. I knew this would look great in my aquascape, which I named Nature's Chaos, after the famous aquascape. Mom doubted me, but in the end, it was I who proved herself right!

Happy betta keeping,

Friday, July 12, 2013


I can not post a picture today, I am sorry, I am super busy. Mom bailed last minute on me today for the whole 2 shrimp and a snail thing, so the competition will end tomorrow morning at 8:00 am. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE participate!
So far the results are:
Black mystery snail: ll
Gold Inca Snail: ll
(tally marks)
And guess how many votes are from all of you?
None. Because you have the same amount of support for me. I will really appreciate it if u did vote. So far Rebecca (My cousin) and I voted black mystery snail, and mom and Justin (the nuisance to this world) voted Gold Inca Snail
I am going to get them, according to mom, tomorrow morning. And, Mom, please ACTUALLY let me go this time. Thanks. We are late enough.
Happy betta fish keeping

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Contest update
Mom voted for the gold inca snail and I voted for the black mystery, and Justin votes for both, so we need your help! The deadline is Thursday night, and I will Talley them up first thing Friday morning.
Happy betta fish keeping,

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Got the cover and back ground from Roy!! :D

Sky now has a background and lid to his aquarium. The pH dropped to in between ideal and acceptable. He is now in his aquarium.
Special thanks to Roy from getting me the backgrounds and lid.
Thanks to Luna from being herself and almost knocking Sky's .33 down right after I finished this video.
And thank you Mom from giving me this camera and permission to be getting a fish in the first place.
I <3 You All!

Lets have a contest that will go from now until Thursday.
I have 2 choices for a snail
A Gold Inca Snail
A Black Mystery Snail
I do not know which one to get, so please help me decide. Tell me which one looks more natural (like which one you would be more likely to see in the wild) and comment. This is an example for a comment, and the one I would probably do if no one comments
"I vote for a black mystery snail, and the name I vote for is Mystery."
Yes, you may also tell me what name you would name it. I am not creative and would name a black mystery Mystery or a gold inca Inca, which is why I would like some help. Of course, some names will be disqualified if they do not follow the terms and conditions.
Terms and conditions
If the name breaks any of the following rules, it will be disqualified:
Anything to do with drugs
advertisement (names of companies)
Names of Pokémon
Names of Japanese cartoon characters
Insulting names
*If the name you state has been disqualified and does not break any terms and conditions, that is because I plan on getting 7 neon tetras and you stated a name I think would be good for one of them.

So, which one do you think will be the best?
Competition July 9th- July 11th 2013
Here is Sky in his 10 gallon
Sky exploring his territory

He spotted his reflection and started to flare
My camera died.
When the battery is all charged up, probably in the morning, I will take more pictures.
Until then, Happy betta fish keeping,

Floating betta

I really badly need the lid. I went to petco today and found out that the lid is only $9.99, and the snail I want, the black mystery, is like $1! (I forgot the actual price.) Anyway, I decided to float my betta fish.
I have to be careful, though, because bettas have a special organ to breathe with, which is at the top of their back, and they need to surface, meaning that if the .33 sinks in the 10, he will suffocate. I am going back downstairs to go and check on him now.
He is fine.
I decided to wait until you guys comment betta names to feature them.
Happy betta fish keeping,

Monday, July 8, 2013

Filling up water

Every aquarium needs water!
I have 2 1-gallon jugs so it will take me a while to get the right amount of water in without stirring up rocks and moving my betta bulbs.
1 gallon

3:47 pm
2 gallons

3 gallons

4 gallons!

5 gallons

at 7 gallons it gets easier to dump in water
I decided to stop taking pictures

I am taking one more...
As you can see in the pictures before the last, my aquascape (I planted living plants that just did not start to grow yet) looked cloudy. That is because the hose doesn't have any warm water, so it was freezing, and precipitation made it hard to see. in the last picture the aquarium was wet. now all I need is an adapter and a lid for my aquarium.

Next time we will be talking about names for your fish!
Comment your fish's name and any other fish names you can think of and I might feature that name in my next blog!
Until next time,
Jessica and Sky