Idris and his pretty orange butt exploring his freshly cleaned enclosure.

Idris

pettyartist:

Tadaaaaaa!~  the 4g tank I was using for my babies now belongs to Hermes (and a couple ghost shrimp).

The baby platies (all four of them) got moved to the 29g with all of my other fish, so it’s time for them to learn to survive!  (they’ve got PLENTY of cover though, so don’t worry).

Also some of the ambulia I got from housebatbetta's giveaway made it into here!  (These are clippings from those plants cause GOODNESS HAS IT GROWN).

So far Hermes has been livin’ it up.  So glad I got him.  u w u

Also I still don’t believe he’s a veiltail like his baggie said when he arrived at the store.  I think the company mispackaged a bunch of them and sent me some PRETTY babies instead, hahaha.  (Hermes is like, one of 12-ish “veiltails” that came in unusual color combos and unusually large/long tails)

Oooh! Those are clippings? They look really healthy and green! I’m glad the plant has done so well. This tank looks lovely. :)

kai-ni:

Drew dis Radar a while ago and finished it now.

kai-ni:

Drew dis Radar a while ago and finished it now.

submurged-life:

If you need proof that bettas should have at least 2.5 gallons, heated and filtered, here it is. The first picture is my betta, Tamaki, which I rushed into buying and had no clue how to take care of him. Thankfully, someone with knowledge on bettas messaged me and pointed me in the right direction. Thus…. the second is Tamaki only ONE MONTH later. He’s such a zippy, energetic fish compared to how he was in the bowl. His colors have also developed like crazy- he’s much more vibrant and his fins are beginning to turn red/blue, and the red spot on his head has spread, as well. 

 If you have your betta in a bowl, please consider getting a tank or rehoming him to someone who will. Your fish will be infinitely happier and healthier, giving you more time to enjoy having such a cool pet. 

 For some more information on the proper care of betta splendens: 

Betta Care Sheet

How To Set Up a Betta Tank

Betta Myths Debunked

likesplatterpaint:

housebatbetta:

likesplatterpaint:

Three gold bouillons later.

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I’M SO HAPPY

THIS IS GOING TO BE SO MUCH WORK BUT I’M SO HAPPY GUYS

TEACH. EVERYTHING. PAINT. EVERYTHING. CREATE. EVERYTHING.

I MEANT BULLIONS

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NOT BOUILLONS

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Can you imagine paying for art supplies with soup cubes?

NONETHELESS VER HAPPY FOR U

I DIDN’T EVEN CATCH THAT I’M

YEES PAY FOR BROOSHES WITH SOUP CUBES

WHO WOULD DO THAT

WE 
WE KNOW WHO

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WAT

I MAEK SOUP CYOOBES TO PAY FOR SHREEMP

PUFF MUST EARN LIVING.

U HYOOMANS HAVE CONFUSE WORDS.

likesplatterpaint:

Three gold bouillons later.

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I’M SO HAPPY

THIS IS GOING TO BE SO MUCH WORK BUT I’M SO HAPPY GUYS

TEACH. EVERYTHING. PAINT. EVERYTHING. CREATE. EVERYTHING.

I MEANT BULLIONS

NOT BOUILLONS

Can you imagine paying for art supplies with soup cubes?

NONETHELESS VER HAPPY FOR U

Dear Betta Community, am I ready for a betta?

wild-azure:

I figured that the best way to join the betta community and determine if my set up will be suitable for betta care is to ask the betta community to critique my set up before I set up the tank. If anyone’s wondering, I won’t be setting this tank up until the middle of August, and I won’t be getting my betta until early/mid-September to allow the tank time to cycle first.

What I’ve got so far is -
- 5 gallon Fluval Spec tank with light and filter
- 25 watt heater preset to 78 degrees Fahrenheit (it’s recommended for tanks up to 6 gallons in size and from the same brand as the tank, so I think it should work in a 5 gallon tank)
- Thermometer
- API Master Freshwater Test Kit
- Water/Gravel vacuum
- Dechlorinator
- Net
- Eco-Complete Substrate (I plan on keeping a planted tank)
- Aqueon Betta Food pellets and bloodworms

I also collected some river rocks and have been cleaning them in several hot water and bleach soaks. I tested them for calcium deposits using a light acid (vinegar), and all but one of the rocks passed. I’ve rinsed them off several more times with plain hot water, and I plan on testing them in a water bucket to see if they cause any change in pH. I know that using rocks from a wild source is a controversial topic in the aquarium hobby, but please understand I will not be putting these rocks in my tank if they cause more than a slight change in pH in the test bucket. They’ll be left to soak in the test bucket for about 2 weeks to try to determine how they’ll affect the water chemistry of the tank in the long run.

3 questions/problems I’m having:
1. The pH of my tap water seems to run pretty high, between 7.6 and 7.8. It’s possible that there may be something in the test bucket that’s altering my pH readings, and my test kit comes with additives for lowering and raising pH, but for future reference, are there any natural ways to lower pH? I’ve heard that bettas prefer lower pH.
2. What is a good food regiment for my future betta?
3. Are there any other supplies I need/things I should be aware of about setting up the tank or keeping a betta? I’ve kept bettas as a child, but I didn’t know how to care for them properly, and I think I’m still learning. I’m hoping to get some driftwood from a local pet store and some low maintenance, beginner live plants to add to the tank, so if anyone has advice or suggestions about what to get, that’d be much appreciated!

Thank you for your help, and please be patient with me. I know some people can be aggressively passionate about the proper care of bettas, but I’m new to this and there must be things I still don’t know, but I’m willing to learn if you can be patient with me. Again, thank you for your help :3

You’re doing really well in terms of your prep and supplies!

Your tap water is the same pH as mine. There is substrate you can use that lowers pH (e.g. florabase or fluval plant stratum), otherwise it’s safest not to mess around with pH-adjusters. High but stable pH will still be okay for your fishbro. You may see a bit of fin curling, but otherwise no problems. I have a bunch more links here you can check out, and they address food and plants (low-light plants are easiest for beginners!) Best of luck to you, and feel free to send me a message if you want to chat about this stuff. Fishblr is also generally pretty good about answering questions. :)

Sidenote; I have a net too, but I’ve never used it for my fish. I placed a cup in the water (or tupperware container), and the two bettas I’ve cared for were curious enough to just swim into it on their own. Or I lured them in with food.

meggyeggyweggy:

Tried a Skinner blend on fins for a betta necklace.

Very pretty!

meggyeggyweggy:

Tried a Skinner blend on fins for a betta necklace.

Very pretty!

sofiaee:

I think this piece is finished! It’s a 5x7 watercolor painting. Although I was inspired by the photograph tauntaunrider took of w0lfbandit's betta fish I kinda took a lot of artistic liberties and looks pretty different from the original photo now. But thanks you guys for the gorgeous photo, I wanna paint more fish now!!

sofiaee:

I think this piece is finished! It’s a 5x7 watercolor painting. Although I was inspired by the photograph tauntaunrider took of w0lfbandit's betta fish I kinda took a lot of artistic liberties and looks pretty different from the original photo now. But thanks you guys for the gorgeous photo, I wanna paint more fish now!!

betta-lovin:

He got angry when I accidentally woke him up and he reacted like a child throwing a temper tantrum. 

HI THERE PORN BLOGS, I’M A FISH BLOG, NICE TO MEET YOU

greylilacs:

aquasplendens:

aquasplendens:

greylilacs:

aquasplendens:

greylilacs:

I AM LAUGHING SO HARD

omg every time I answer/tag nsfw posts I get at least four new follows and they’re generally porn/nsfw blogs

TALK FISHY TO ME

I think I’m dying omg

THERE ARE 19 NEW PORN BLOGS FOLLOWING ME WHAT 

WHATTTTT

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ronbeckdesigns:

Cape Aquatics in Capetown, South Africa.   photo credit unknown

ronbeckdesigns:

Cape Aquatics in Capetown, South Africa.   photo credit unknown

What is Aquarium Cycling? How to Cycle your Tank

scalestails:

What is aquarium cycling? It has been my unfortunate experience in my 7 years of fish keeping that the majority of casual fish keepers have no idea what the answer to this question is. This article hopes to explain what cycling is, how to do it and how to avoid accidentally…

crazy-fish-lady:

kai-ni:

crazy-fish-lady:

Guys i live so close to kai-ni i could literally bike or walk to her house holy shit WHY WAS I NEVER AWARE

FISH FRIIEEENNNDDDD

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HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS YOU GUYS, THIS IS WILD

SHE LIVES DOWN THE FRICKIN STREET

YOU COULD COME GET ZION KISSES (ie he tries to eat your fingers)

WELL I WANT ZION KISSES SO MAYBE ILL COME GET MY ZION KISSES! I want all the fish kisses!!

DO THE THING

I’LL LIVE VICARIOUSLY THROUGH YOU