I Love Bettas!

I Love Bettas! <3

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francisthechosenfish asked: Hi! I have a betta question: I just got my crowntail about 5 days ago and about 2 days ago I noticed what seemed to be fuzzy strings and a fuzzy film around the edges of his rays. I was just wondering what this could be and how I would go about fixing it? Thanks a bunch!

Hey, there. :) Congrats on the new boy! Does the strings look anything like this? image

If so, it could be that he’s shedding/has an overactive slimecoat. Bettas experience this problem sometimes when they’re adjusting to new water parameters (especially when a new/different water conditioner is used) or as a sign of sickness. Since you said your boy is new, it could be the water parameters that may be affecting it. Did you take the time to acclimate him properly? What water conditioner do you have? Do you have a filter?

The betta featured above is my late Ianto Jones. He had a sensitive slimecoat and sometimes overreacted to changes in water conditioners. The first time I really noticed it was when I first introduced IAL to his tank. Fortunately, proper filtration seemed to take care of the problem since I never noticed it much afterward.

However, if it’s not stringy but more fuzzy, you could be dealing with fungus. Do you have piccies?

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What a betta meant to me

carrionaway:

Over a year ago I rescued a group of fish that changed my life. Eight lives were placed into my hands as I laid to rest four more that I came too late for. One by one those little lives let go and ceased to be, but the first fish I noticed held on. From the first moment I saw him I knew this sickly fish was mine, and I never wanted to take my eyes off of him. I was thankful for each moment I had in his company, and with each day that I came home to find him breathing, I grew ever hopeful for his future. I knew nothing about freshwater fish, the only thing I knew was that I had to give him the life he deserved. I promised him on that first night I would fight for him, and give him everything I had. With each round of new medication carefully dosed, and each moment spent fretting over the temperature and water quality, I fell deeper in love. Slowly but surely the fungus and rot subsided, and the deep gashes in his side grew less red and angry. His tiny, weak, body began to show signs of the recovery I had been waiting for. The first time I walked into the room and he swam up to me rather than lying silently I cried. Moving into a five gallon tank was a big adjustment, and I knew he would never be a strong swimmer. My Gamma lived for one year and four months after his rescue, a life full of more love than any other fish in the whole world. My second promise to Gamma was to never let him suffer a single day more in his life. When I saw a tumor growing on my little man’s back I was devastated. It began to affect his swimming and I knew the end was close. I kept my promise to Gamma, and he slipped away peacefully after a huge meal of his favorite pellets. As I held his now lifeless little body in my hand I was astonished that the tiny formation of cells could hold such value and meaning. Gamma taught me that each life is valuable, every single one. He was not just a fish, nor is any fish just a fish to me any longer. No creature is worthless. I never once in my life anticipated a betta would teach me this lesson, I never even once considered it a lesson to learn. A betta meant to me that each life is worth saving, when once I believed hope was an all or nothing concept. Life is not perfect, life is often not pleasant, but I cling to the little things.

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Planted Nano Tank Update: Week 6

I’m still very pleased with the aquarium. As you can see, I’ve got some new growth stemming from one of my crypts and some of the wisteria is looking particularly lush! I’m quite pleased. The anubias and sword are pretty much the same as ever.

Keene’s settled in quite nicely. Eating well, bright colours, less stressed in appearance, active, and curious.

He’s now taken to building bubble nests behind the outflow of the HOB filter. I’ve also noticed that the largest snail, Myfanwy, has a thing for his bubble nests and can often be found in them (as you can see in the picture). Keene also tends to flare at the back of the tank because I think he can better see his own reflection due to the darkening of the glass caused by the HOB filter.

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littleninarescue:

This is Little Nina.  We found her on the side of the road in Cleveland Ohio, covered in mud and getting splashed by cars. I picked her up with intentions of nursing her back to health. The vet was kind enough to give me a free exam, which was enough to tell me that she has a severe upper respiratory infection and extreme malnutrition. Her eyes were glued shit with yellow gunk when I found her. And the vet told me that she thought she was about 5 weeks old, but was the size of a 3 week old kitten.
We already have two cats, both of which are rescues. We have plans on keeping her, but this was such a surprise for us, we didn’t have time to budget in another cat. I was able to get a sample sized tube of antibiotics for her eyes, but she is going to need more very soon. And eventually she will need to be spayed.
I don’t want to have to give her up because we can’t afford to keep her. Nina has a gofundme account set up for her vet bills. Please send what ever you can afford. She would greatly appreciate the chance to survive and stay in a nice warm home.
http://www.gofundme.com/bh8z7c
I don’t have much to offer for rewards, but this blog will follow Nina’s journey as she grows into a healthy cat! If you leave your address with a donation, we will send you a picture of her (when she is plump and healthy!) and a thank you letter.
Nina thanks you for taking the time to read this post! And may karma bring the best of luck your way!

littleninarescue:

This is Little Nina.
We found her on the side of the road in Cleveland Ohio, covered in mud and getting splashed by cars. I picked her up with intentions of nursing her back to health. The vet was kind enough to give me a free exam, which was enough to tell me that she has a severe upper respiratory infection and extreme malnutrition. Her eyes were glued shit with yellow gunk when I found her. And the vet told me that she thought she was about 5 weeks old, but was the size of a 3 week old kitten.

We already have two cats, both of which are rescues. We have plans on keeping her, but this was such a surprise for us, we didn’t have time to budget in another cat. I was able to get a sample sized tube of antibiotics for her eyes, but she is going to need more very soon. And eventually she will need to be spayed.

I don’t want to have to give her up because we can’t afford to keep her. Nina has a gofundme account set up for her vet bills. Please send what ever you can afford. She would greatly appreciate the chance to survive and stay in a nice warm home.

http://www.gofundme.com/bh8z7c

I don’t have much to offer for rewards, but this blog will follow Nina’s journey as she grows into a healthy cat! If you leave your address with a donation, we will send you a picture of her (when she is plump and healthy!) and a thank you letter.

Nina thanks you for taking the time to read this post! And may karma bring the best of luck your way!

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thekidsarentalright:

ATTENTION ALL PET OWNERS, ESPECIALLY THOSE OF YOU IN WEST VIRGINIA

West Virginia is subject to an absolutely ridiculous pet ban. I am at a loss for what I should say as I’m absolutely shocked at this proposed list. Keep in mind this is the second list proposed with nothing taken off, only things added. 

Say goodbye to your pufferfish, triggerfish, tetras, corydoras, ferrets, sugar gliders, hedgehogs, turtles, tortoises, salamanders, frogs, toads, and so much more if this list doesn’t change.

There are a million and one reasons why this law in insane, including:

  • There is no definition of what is considered “domestic” and what isn’t on the bill
  • They are banning entire orders, not just individual species
  • This has been considered a “living document”, meaning that the list can be changed at any time without public input
  • Pet stores will ultimately have to be shut down, putting people of out jobs and causing them to loose their businesses
  • Yes the bill provides for a permit to keep animals already owned prior to the bill, but there is no way any average pet owner will be able to afford or maintain the permit
  • The permit fees associated with this act will not cover even a small percentage of the millions of dollars that West Virginia will spend to implement these regulation
  • This bill was suppose to be set in place to regulate DANGEROUS animals. This law is literally called the “Dangerous Animals Act.” The lawmakers literally lied to the public about the intentions of the bills, saying that it would only ban:
               ”Constrictor snakes greater than six feet, and venomous snakes; Alligators and caimans; Bears; Big cats; Canids; Primates”

And that doesn’t even cover how it’s going to effect the pet trade in WV. Here are a few quotes from USARK and some people who run Specialty Pets, a local pet store in Nitro, WV.


USARK:

  • Similar legislation in Ohio led to a $2,900,000 temporary-housing facility for animals that could not be kept by responsible owners.
  • This law will cost West Virginia millions of dollars more to implement than the money raised from permits.
  • A proper fiscal estimate should be presented before hastily passing a law that will cost the state millions of dollars.
  • Money has been spent since the bill was passed in Ohio on June 6, 2012 by the state and legislators who are still making changes to the law.
  • Caging requirements have still not been finalized in Ohio, over 18 months after the law passed.
  • The new law led to millions of dollars invested by Ohio, and West Virginia HB 4393 is very similar.
  • Additional financial hardships will be placed on pet owners by requiring costly permits and may force them to surrender, or even release, their beloved pets
  • The newly-created “Dangerous Wild Animal Board” will review species annually so pet owners must constantly be concerned with their pets being added as a “dangerous wild animal.””

More can be read from USARK here: http://usark.org/2014-blog/west-virginia-hb-4393-update/

West Virginia Reptile Watch:

How will the law affect the aquarium industry in WV?

AQUARIUM TRADE IMPACT of just a small sample of the proposed list for the Dangerous Wild Animal Law in WV and recommendations for clarification.

Order: Characiformes (piranha fish, tiger fish)
All species

  • This Order includes about 2000 fish particularly every tetra fish in the aquarium hobby.
  • This is far to broad and needs to be narrowed down to individual species the board wishes to ban.

Order Siluriformes (candiru catfish, walking catfish)
All species

  • This invariably will include all plecos, algae eaters, cory cats all harmless tropical ornamental and all other cat fish in the aquarium trade
  • This needs to be revised to include the EXACT target species that the board is trying to ban.

Order Tetraodontiformes (trigger fish, file fish, puffer fish)
All species
(These species present health (toxin) and safety risks to humans or have invasive abilities that threaten native fish populations. )

  • Invasion is impossible as trigger fish, file fish and puffer fish are marine animals as WV is no where near a saltwater body there is no threat. The toxins mentioned must be ingested “Certain internal organs, such as liver, and sometimes the skin, contain tetrodotoxin and are highly toxic to most animals when eaten; nevertheless, the meat of some species is considered a delicacy in Japan, Korea, and China when prepared by specially trained chefs who know which part is safe to eat and in what quantity. “


Family Gobiidae (Goby family)
All species
The main article for this category is Gobiidae.

  • The gobies are a family (the Gobiidae) of freshwater and marine ray-finned fish belonging to order Perciformes. This category consists of articles on genera and species in the goby family.
  • Saltwater is invariably and likely unintentional in this proposed ban list due to the fact that the ORDER of certain species were addressed and not the actual animal or species that was intended for the ban.
  • All marine life on this list needs to be excluded as there is NO realistic threat or risk of invasion applicable. Species listed in the proposed ban represent NO threat to the ecology or health of anyone in WV and make up a massive percentage of the pet aquarium trade. 

By including harmless aquatic and ornamental pet fish both fresh water and marine, this law will be forcing ALL pet stores out of business and will remove billions of dollars in tax income and revenue from this state.

Say Good by to your pet shops WV

The pet trade is a massive income for the state and it generates millions of dollars for the state. Pet Shops can not exist without having the ability to sell common safe ornamental fish and invertebrates, the very same animals sold the world over that have caused no damage to anyone or anything. The inclusion of the above fresh water and marine fish is completely unwarranted and is a knee jerk reaction to buzz words such as “poisonous” as in the case of the puffer fish. The puffer fish in and of itself is not “venomous” if it bites you it has no venom , if you however kill and eat its liver it can be poisonous. I have never heard of anyone buying a puffer from a local fish shop and eating it, its absurd to even consider The trigger and puffer much like the tetra are in the wrong “order” that is the real issue. They are trying to ban two or three fish and think that all fish in the order must be as dangerous as the two or three that they really want banned. The list is to far reaching and based up on complete speculation and worst case scenarios, it needs to be revised with a more balanced approach or West Virginia will lose every pet shop , and pet retailer including Walmart and all secondary outlets for such animals. This will cause a severe impact on the state economy the likes of which no one can truly imagine.”

PLEASE REBLOG AND SIGNAL BOOST THIS!!!!

I know there isn’t much that can be done from a reblog on a website, but I wan’t everyone to know what is happening here and what can happen in every state if the pet community underestimates pet ban laws, the HSUS, PETA, and other “animal rights” organizations that pay lawmakers to ban animals.

Amazing can’t keep a tetra but your Glock’s a ok!

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