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OrandaLover
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Welcome Halfmoon Betta!
« on: November 26, 2010, 02:50:43 PM »

Today I went to PetCo and purchased a new bowl and supplies, and a male Halfmoon Betta! i got:

- 1 gallon bowl (glass)
- plastic plant w/ round leaves for him to lie on
- plastic blue gems
- new betta food (never had this before!  Grin)
- MALE HALFMOON BETTA!

I'm so happy! I haven't decided what to name him yet, but I have some pictures.
Funny thing - he's got both pectoral fins, but he is only using one of them??? Neither seems injured, he occasionally uses his right fin, but usually the left. Any suggestions?

Also - any name ideas???
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Re: Welcome Halfmoon Betta!
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2010, 03:59:22 PM »

He is gorgeous... I LOVE BETTAS.... such sunny boys... How about SUNNY  Wink

What kind of food did you get?
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Re: Welcome Halfmoon Betta!
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2010, 04:20:03 PM »

Thanks Hanna! I love bettas too! Cheesy My first 1 was a purple regular male named Amethyst or something like that (shun me, for I don't remember!), then I had Chauncey, the Athena and her gals (Ruby, Aria, and Jubilee) and now this little beauty!
Hm... Sunny's a nice name! But I just came up with one (like, 5 minutes ago!) I think I'll call him Dusk, because of the color of his scales!! he's so pretty, i just luv him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I got Aqueon Betta Food. Here's the link to it:
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Re: Welcome Halfmoon Betta!
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2010, 04:30:13 PM »

Dusk is lovely  Cheesy
Yeah the betta food is like those Hikari Betta Pellets, much the same.

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Barbarossa loves it. When the granule hits the water surface it first "races" around like an insect, attracting Barbarossas attention.

Sindbad spat it out, but I keep trying. He eats the Tetra Betta Flakes, which Barbarossa just hates...
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Re: Welcome Halfmoon Betta!
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2010, 04:35:54 PM »

I love that name too!  Smiley

That betta food looks really good! I'll see if I can find it.

Looks like Barbarossa and Sinbad have personality! lol, Athena knows me very well and she knows when it's feeding time. She sits on my bookshelf now, and stares at me!

How much and when do you feed Barbarossa + Sinbad each day?
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Re: Welcome Halfmoon Betta!
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2010, 04:39:43 PM »

Barbarossa gets 3 times a day about 8 pellets / granules and Sindbad 3 times daily a pinch of them flakes. He really jumps at my fingers   :owhen I do this, first time he scared me, hahaha  Grin

I believe it, lol, all our fishies have personalities, this is why we love them so much.


If you live in Australia you can order the food online of Grahams website.
I am not sure if he's ready for international deliveries yet, but I know he's working on it
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Re: Welcome Halfmoon Betta!
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2010, 04:43:30 PM »

cool!  Smiley I'm going to see what Dusk's preferred number of granules is, see if it works with the water quality and everything, then I'll set up a schedule of either 2 or 3x a day! Athena gets a couple bloodworms in the morning and evening, haven't decided with her about the granules yet.

I luv our fishes' personalities! they're so fun! Chauncey was the friendliest betta ever - he simply refused to flare at anything, and he often curled around my hand! so cute!

one interesting thing I noticed - when I fed Athena her granules as a test feeding, I swear I could hear her "crunching" on them! Same for Ruby and Aria when I gave them a few to test feed! Shocked
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Re: Welcome Halfmoon Betta!
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2010, 04:52:03 PM »

Yes, they crunch them. Mindemae's bettas do this too. I can't hear ours, as I've got the filtration going and because of the noise of the water bubbles it is impossible for me to hear it.
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Re: Welcome Halfmoon Betta!
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2010, 06:07:48 PM »

wow, I didn't know that could happen!  Shocked It's really interesting!

update - Dusk is currently sitting near the plastic gems at the bottom, staring at me occasionally. Every few minutes, he swims up to the top of the tank to get some air and then surveys his new home!  Cheesy
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Re: Welcome Halfmoon Betta!
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2010, 03:56:17 AM »

Great name Smiley He's really pretty Smiley
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Re: Welcome Halfmoon Betta!
« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2010, 10:26:53 AM »

Thanks Nossie! Cheesy
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Re: Welcome Halfmoon Betta!
« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2010, 01:42:14 PM »

just a quick Q?: what should I do if he doesn't eat within a week?
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Re: Welcome Halfmoon Betta!
« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2010, 03:08:38 PM »

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just a quick Q?: what should I do if he doesn't eat within a week?

Doesn't he eat at all?

If so, try and get the same food he had at the pet shop, also try to feed bloodworms and blackworms sometimes. He should get back his appetite.

But they can be picky.
I tried the granules and pellets again with Sindbad... bad luck, he spits them out and looks at me....
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Re: Welcome Halfmoon Betta!
« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2010, 03:16:14 PM »

I feed Aqueon betta pellets.  I love them because they are smaller than most of the other pellets I've tried, like Wardley and Omega One.  They get about 4-5 pellets in the am and then twice a week I give them a blood worm treat in the afternoon.
I like the betta water conditioner by Aqueon too
It puts the minerals and vitamins back in the water that bettas need.
My bettas never looked so healthy, especially in their Golden Years since using the Aqueon products. Smiley
My oldest betta, Buddy is over 3 years old now.
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Re: Welcome Halfmoon Betta!
« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2010, 04:10:29 PM »

Wow a half moon, he's gorgeous!!! I've checked out some vids on youtube and was amazed at all the different varieties of Bettas. They are such charming characters full of personality  Grin

"he spits them out and looks at me" aww that is funny but in a concerning kind of way Hanna! Hope Sinds starts eating those pellets eventually  Undecided cheeky monkey! Wow does everyone have a Betta on here too? I feel the MTS pressing down on me...
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Re: Welcome Halfmoon Betta!
« Reply #15 on: November 27, 2010, 04:21:14 PM »

He looks like a Bullet.

He's adorable. I went to Petsmart this morning (it seems as if I'm living there lately) and the Betas look so sad, just sitting in little blue water filled cups. Once I transfer my babies to a larger tank, I'm going to put a Beta in my 5 gallon.
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Re: Welcome Halfmoon Betta!
« Reply #16 on: November 27, 2010, 07:31:46 PM »

That's a good idea~
I bet a betta would love to have a home in your 5 gallon! Smiley
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Re: Welcome Halfmoon Betta!
« Reply #17 on: November 27, 2010, 07:42:14 PM »

Defintely!

I've tried placing a single freeze-dried bloodworm at the top of the water. It hasn't sunk yet, so I'm going to place a few more here and there, and maybe Dusk will find a couple and figure out where the food comes from??

Also, he's been acting kind of bored. You think I could get him some toys? Like a small floating ball  Grin or maybe let him flare in a mirror? I'm thinking of getting him a small cave of some sort to hide in.
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Re: Welcome Halfmoon Betta!
« Reply #18 on: November 27, 2010, 08:18:59 PM »

They have those floating logs I guess for bettas but any ornament that he can hide in is fine. Smiley
I have some vintage ornaments I've run across here and there and my bettas love those.
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Re: Welcome Halfmoon Betta!
« Reply #19 on: November 27, 2010, 08:56:59 PM »

Oooh, cool! I'll check out those!

UPDATE: Dusk isn't afraid of my hand as much, but he still hasn't figured out where the food comes from!  Wink
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Re: Welcome Halfmoon Betta!
« Reply #20 on: November 27, 2010, 09:59:08 PM »

He is gorgeous. Those are some amazing fins and the colour of them is so pretty Smiley
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Re: Welcome Halfmoon Betta!
« Reply #21 on: November 28, 2010, 04:42:08 AM »

April: I don't have any betta! Smiley I'm actually on the lookout for a very special one Wink I wouldn't want any common colors/shapes, I want it to be a beautiful center piece in whatever bowl/setup I'll have Smiley (LATER)
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Re: Welcome Halfmoon Betta!
« Reply #22 on: November 28, 2010, 06:06:53 AM »

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Wow a half moon, he's gorgeous!!! I've checked out some vids on youtube and was amazed at all the different varieties of Bettas. They are such charming characters full of personality  Grin

"he spits them out and looks at me" aww that is funny but in a concerning kind of way Hanna! Hope Sinds starts eating those pellets eventually  Undecided cheeky monkey! Wow does everyone have a Betta on here too? I feel the MTS pressing down on me...

Not to worry April, Sindbad eats betta flakes, lol, which Barbarossa won't touch, bwahaha... but today at the market in Brisbane I bought another type of granules, all three - Barbarossa, Sindbad, Octavius - love them.



Not everybody on here but quite a few of us have Bettas too,  Wink
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Re: Welcome Halfmoon Betta!
« Reply #23 on: November 28, 2010, 09:34:49 AM »

yay! Glad to hear they love their new food!

Ruby, on the other hand, takes granules and spits them out, like Sindbad! Cheesy


QUESTION: so I think I said that Dusk wouldn't take food - this morning he wouldn't either! I dropped the food right in front of him and he didn't even look at it. I tried both bloodworms and granules. Is he sulking? Shocked


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Re: Welcome Halfmoon Betta!
« Reply #24 on: November 28, 2010, 05:05:04 PM »

How strange! Did you check at the pet store what they were feeding him? Smiley
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Re: Welcome Halfmoon Betta!
« Reply #25 on: November 28, 2010, 09:00:29 PM »

That is good news Hanna, I see you didn't mention another fish friend hitched a ride home with you yesterday Wink or are you holding out on us  Wink

Nossie, I have fallen in love with some real stunners on youtube - they really are remarkable fish Cheesy One in particular is in this link,
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Aww I am sorry orandalover that your lovely Dusk isn't snacking, I wonder why he is doing this :S Hope he gets an appetite soon ♥
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Re: Welcome Halfmoon Betta!
« Reply #26 on: November 28, 2010, 09:06:11 PM »

Wow! just gorgeous!! Shocked
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Re: Welcome Halfmoon Betta!
« Reply #27 on: November 28, 2010, 10:14:30 PM »

April: That is one amazing betta there! I wouldn't mind having one like that Tongue I don't think anyone would.
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Re: Welcome Halfmoon Betta!
« Reply #28 on: November 28, 2010, 10:16:34 PM »

Those are show bettas and darn expensive too! Shocked
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Re: Welcome Halfmoon Betta!
« Reply #29 on: November 29, 2010, 04:14:49 AM »

April, he's so beautiful!! Shocked I could easily spend a few euros on him Wink
Actually, I found a site here were you can order fancy goldfish and all kinds of fresh water fish through your aquarium shop! No shipping costs, and it's just like a visit to the pet store Wink
They have all kinds of gorgeous colors on them half-moon bettas!! I was seriously thinking about getting one from there later Smiley
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