Betta sorority and guppies


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Our big pleco passed away. Not sure why, but figure temps, and possibly lack of food he’d eat was maybe part of it. Bad keeping on my part, I know. I’m doubting the heater in that tank works well enough to combat the draft that’s been caused by opening the back door. Long story there, but we have momma dog and 4 new pups in the back room, cause that mom and my sons dog fight, but if we had left her outside, all the pups would be dead. Anyway, that requires us letting her in and out, the draft from that door goes right into the sun room, and I suspect dropped the temps enough to contribute to the fish death. So just did a massive water change when I realized he wasn’t just hiding in his usual spot, but had died. That led to rearranging that tank, and I suspect I’ll be redoing it again with substrate in a month or more. I’ll pull about half an inch of the litter substrate from the other tank, reducing chances of anaorobic bacteria forming pockets. Then replant the various lillies I have in shallower pots, as the tall length is causing leaves to dry out.
 
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Sad to here about your fish. I know they do like warmer temps.
 
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Turns out my guppies like betta pellets just fine, and the betta nibbled the guppies flake food.
I feed my guppies pellets. They much prefer pellets over flake. There are two brands I really like, The Hikari Fancy Guppy is a smaller more omnivorous floating pellet that they can eat immediately, the Omega One Mini Pellets is a little bit larger and only the biggest females can eat it immediately, but they do peck at it and then eat it off the bottom after it softens a bit and it is a superior meat-based food. Most flake food is mostly wheat. I also feed Hikari First Bites to my guppy fry (of course all the fish eat it but the babies do get some and it's the teeny littlest pellets). I have had huge success with these foods for breeding my guppies. They also like hard water so I've added sea shells and dead bleached coral to the tank to harden the water (and also a small splash of Seachem Replenish). I've have so many guppies I have to give away bags of them on Craigslist.
Omega One Color Mini Pellets
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I'm currently going a different direction with my color breeding as it turns out the yellows look the best in the pond. I hope to have a full tank of bright yellows come summer for the pond!
 
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I feed my guppies pellets. They much prefer pellets over flake. There are two brands I really like, The Hikari Fancy Guppy is a smaller more omnivorous floating pellet that they can eat immediately, the Omega One Mini Pellets is a little bit larger and only the biggest females can eat it immediately, but they do peck at it and then eat it off the bottom after it softens a bit and it is a superior meat-based food. Most flake food is mostly wheat. I also feed Hikari First Bites to my guppy fry (of course all the fish eat it but the babies do get some and it's the teeny littlest pellets). I have had huge success with these foods for breeding my guppies. They also like hard water so I've added sea shells and dead bleached coral to the tank to harden the water (and also a small splash of Seachem Replenish). I've have so many guppies I have to give away bags of them on Craigslist.
Omega One Color Mini Pellets
Hikari Fancy Guppy
Hikari First Bites

I'm currently going a different direction with my color breeding as it turns out the yellows look the best in the pond. I hope to have a full tank of bright yellows come summer for the pond!
I seem to have a strain of guppiesthat are almost a pale icy seafoam green. I presume that came from the pale blue. However, in bright white they just look kinda white. I'm going to try strengthing that color line, I wonder of adding some yellow would deepen the green.
 
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I hate this phone. I somehow keep missing the space bar, running my words together unless I focus to make sure it spaces, and the camera sucks. And apparently of I wish to try to post pictures, I'll have to click attachments, then take a picture.
A coworker gave me some aquatic plants, I'll be setting those up in the betta tank, and I'm planning on moving my waterlillies out to my mini pond. That thing has tons of hair algae, and one Lilly I apparently missed last fall.
Ah ha. Playing around and figuredout how to attach one of the blurry aquarium pictures. That is one of my seafoam males behind a semi red one.
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I'm presuming it's a cross of the icy blue and the yellowish offspring of the orange. I'm going to try and breed them exclusive this summer, maybe add some stronger yellow female's. Weather is almost warm enough for that, but I'll still have to devise a cover to keep the kingfisher out. And some extra filters. If I get plenty, and finances are good, I'll think about selling some, and possibly give shipping some a try, if you have an indoor aquarium for guppies.
 
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I caught one of the males for better pictures. This one has a nice pattern on his back
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They are not show quality. I was just looking up green guppies, ended up looking at show quality ones, and mine are far inferior at this time. So I'll play with what I've got, adding yellow female's to green males, and blue males to green female's, then cross the offspring.
 

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