Apple’s social skills: bff with Derp

While working on the two other tanks I decided to put apple, pebble and Derp all together in the big tank. I started with the two females since they were less aggressive. They chased my shrimps and guppys around but after a while they calmed down. now they just don’t care about the other fish and stay always close to each other. they still love the occasional chase-the-fattest-shrimp but everything is calm. After a while I decided that it was time for Apple to move. I put him in a little cage for two days before letting him free. luckily nothing bad happened between the betta’s. Apple has very long fins and prefers to stay in narrow places where there’s less current while Derp and Pebble keep playing with the shrimp.. there has been some flaring but nothing really terrible happened. Apple is more interested in Derp though. they often look for each other without flaring or nipping.. it’s nice to see. Anyways, Im not planning on leaving Apple there for the rest of his life, he will eventually come to the 20 liter tank where he can just nap whenever he wants to without being chased away by zebra danio’s.

I took several pictures of Apple and Derp. The love, love loooove

Im planning on making a little move about them 😉 it’s more interesting to see them in motion..

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Apple’s tank (update)

So here’s Apple’s tank  (what it used to be). It was okay, pretty green, like a salad soup.. but I always wanted to make it a little bit more open so that I could see the actual fish swimming around instead of a salad..
I never had the energy and time to take all the plants out and rearrange them.. but this week I finally managed to do so. I was already looking for a good foreground/middle plant that was easy to take care of but they often cost much more than the good old background vallisneria..
last week I had the chance to buy so plants from somebody on facebook and he offered good grass-looking middle/foreground plants, so I took my chances and bought 30 of them! I also to clear out a huuuuuge amount of plants from the other (20 liter) tank. It’s just getting even more difficult to clean when there’s green everywhere. The whole thing looks a little bit empty now but don’t worry, the plants will start to grow soon enough! Oh and, in the meantime, Apple’s having fun with all the other fish in the big tank (pictures will follow!)

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step 1, take the fish and wood piece out

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step 2, take all the plants out

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step 3, plant the new ones!

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the tank after cleaning

the tank after putting all the plants from my other tank!

meet Pebble II and Derp

So I realized, I never put up any picture of Pebble II and her new friend… I must say the lasts months have been hectic for me and I totally forgot about my blog. In the meantime I took plenty of pictures to show you the progress of my tanks.. but never got the time to upload them so beware: plenty of posts will come today 🙂

but first let us start with a little introduction of the new Pebble (the second). I chose a darker (striped) female this time since the first Pebble was a tiny white one.. I bought her in a -horrible- place, which is my town’s fish shop.. She was the smallest of the group and all her fins were broken/bitten. I decided to give her a chance so I bought her (1 euro since the owner didn’t think she would make it). After a week or so she started to get more colorful and fat. her fins healed quickly and she was this adorable curious little thing. Apple didn’t like her so much, he was always chasing her around because she was too curious. She was much more active so I decided to move her into Apple’s tank (and put him in her’s).

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here’s Pebble, looking very tiny..

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Apple’s not amused to be put in another tank..

After a month I decided to give her a friend (from another shop that takes care of their animals). At first I wasn’t planning to buy another betta since they kind of fight all the time.. but after reading different blogs and post threads (that were saying that there’s no problem in keeping several betta females as long as there’s space for them) I decided to give it a go. My boyfriend bought me Derp (he chose her name), a red/pinkish female. So here they are: looking all good and fat: