I had been contemplating getting fish for quite some time and decided to do so this past February. As of right now, I have four fish. I used to have 28, but more on that in just a minute.
I haven’t really posted anything about it here because I started a website dedicated to being a new aquarist, but I never had time to post on Aquarium Tails. Most of the posts on the site are back-dated since I wasn’t able to post things as they happened. Last night, I decided to discontinue my posts on Aquarium Tails and start posting anything about the fish here. I tend to get into a hobby and want to start a new website for it when I should focus on building up April’s Webpage.
On February 6th, I got a male and female betta (not for breeding). Charlie is a male halfmoon double tail betta with his own 2½ gallon tank. The picture below was taken on April 9th.
Violet is a female crowntail betta, and this picture was taken on June 6th.
Violet has changed a LOT since I originally got here. The picture below was taken the day I got her (Feb 6, 2014). She doesn’t even look like the same fish! And I have to admit, she’s my favorite. I just love her cute little personality.
I also go 2 Julii cory catfish on February 9th as tank mates for Violet. Female bettas can have tank mates, but male bettas usually do not. They’re called Siamese fighting fish for a reason. Oscar is the one on the left in the picture below (he’s bigger & his spots are darker), and Julian is the one on the right. This picture was taken May 3rd when I realized Julian had lost his barbels (whiskers). They’ve since started growing back out thankfully, and I am now pretty sure Oscar is a she. I’ve been reading up, and females are a lot larger and fatter-looking than the males. I’m not renaming her though!
On February 11th & 12th, I added 3 platies to complete the 10-gallon tank. Belle is the gold twinbar platy; Stella is the red wag platy (in the middle), and Chloe is the sunburst wag platy (on the right).
I would later find out via Instagram that Belle is a male because Chloe had two batches of babies (livebearers) in the almost 3 months I had her. The first batch, I only saved two (the bigger ones in the picture below). In the 2nd batch, she had at least 21, but two died. I gave the babies away to two different people that knew one of my aunts and one of my cousins (one of them taking the yellow male also), but I could tell Chloe was pregnant with another batch (and about ready to birth) when I found someone to take her and Stella. So, at one time, with the babies, I had 28 fish.
I know that sounds terrible getting rid of all the platies, but I had stressed when I got the 3 platies at the pet store that I wanted ALL females because I did not have a tank that would be able to support babies. And these things breed like rabbits! Last month, I decided I really wanted a female betta sorority in the 10-gallon tank. I wish I’d originally did that, but at the time, I had no idea how much personality (and how gorgeous) female bettas had. So, it’s just Violet, Oscar, and Julian in the 10-gallon, and Charlie still has his 2½ gallon. If the water parameters are still good next week (especially the ammonia levels), I will start looking for 4 more female bettas to complete the sorority.