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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-29-2016, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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New betta! Finally :)

Hello everyone. Don't know if anyone remembers me. I got my tank in March and wanted to do a fishless cycle using fish food. After almost 3 months, tank is cycled!

Have to thank you all for all your help! I couldn't have done it without you.

Today I took some water for the store to test, just to be safe, and it was all good news!

pH is about 7.6. Ammonia and nitrite is 0 and nitrate is 5. My gH is 10, and my kH is 6.

So I picked up my very first betta (and fish for that matter)! After months and months of research.

Here is a picture of the tank and the best picture I could get of him, don't want to stress him out right now





Im assuming I shouldn't feed him until tomorrow? So not to stress him out?

Anything else anyone can suggest? I want to make sure everything is perfect, and now that he's here I'm a bit scared I'm going to mess something up!

All live plants as well, I'm thinking of removing the jug and getting more plants at some point - but not for a while.



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I fed both my guys after an hour of being established in their new homes. They snapped up the food straight away. If they do, it's a great sign. So I would feed 1 pellet or 2 (not too much as you may not know when they were last fed from where you bought him, and you do not wanna bloat him) as it's a good indicator to judge how they are settling in. My guys settled straight away but it may be different for you, depending on the betta. Try feeding if he eats, great! If not don't force the guy just take it out and try again in the second half of the day. I have heard it is normal if they don't eat in the first few days, but this wasn't the case for me.

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He is gorgeous! I love, adore Black Orchids!

I suggest getting a Banana Lily and some floating plants. Banana Lily should shoot up quickly, my guys love playing in the vines and Zelda loves "swinging" in hers lol
If you want a cave but also make it more natural, you could give him a rock cave. You'd also be able to tie Java Moss to it for an even more natural look.
An Indian Almond Leaf should help him relax.

I always fed my guys the night I brought them home without any problem.


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Tank looks nice and cozy! He's a pretty boy. I have to ask, though--what is that glass bulb thing on the side?

When I got my new betta, I left her alone for a few hours to adjust and then fed her. She ate fine. As xTashx said, I think it may depend on his demeanor. He may be more shy and nervous, etc. As for plants, my advice is this: make sure you get everything they need. I tried a planted tank once and skimped on things like a good light and carbon supplements (not necessary for all plants) because I wanted to save money, and all of them died except for the anubias. Speaking of, if you want a super easy plant to grow, anubias are great. Mine lived under said conditions and later after my first betta passed, in a fish bowl with untreated, unheated, unfiltered water. Hardy plants, those anubias.
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The glass bulb on the side lets me know if there is enough Co2 in the tank, which there isn't at the moment (any recommendations there?)

Thanks for the insight on the feeding. I feed two pellets and he ate them :)

I thought of banana lily, don't really know what plants these are except they are "easy" ones. I do have a Java fern but don't know the other two

I don't really understand the attaching plants thing, which is why I didn't go with it so far, but I'll try!

I'm assuming I should t do anymore plants for a bit anyways to let my boy get adjusted, and I should quarantine first?


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Oh I see. That's a nifty little thing! I know they make liquid carbon for fish tanks, but I never got any the first go round and so I don't know much about it. I didn't really get attaching plants either, but I just tied the root-y part (rhizome?) around some of my big rocks/decorations with twine and they did fine. Good luck! For quarantining, I can tell you some of the plants I got from my LPS came with an infestation of SNAILS! (I didn't quarantine them.) We borrowed a few assassin snails from them and the problem went away in a few weeks, but it's something to be aware of. If that kind of thing concerns you, I recently ran across this which details a few ways to dip new plants to kill any snails/algae that they may have brought along. I never had a problem with the dry-bought plants, like the ones I got from Petsmart in the little cylinders.
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What is the benefit of having a cycled tank?

That is a neat looking fish!
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A cycled tank helps keep the tank's water parameters in check. Beneficial bacteria turn the ammonia that fish excrete (toxic) into less harmful substances, and so that means fewer water changes. :)
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A cycled tank helps keep the tank's water parameters in check. Beneficial bacteria turn the ammonia that fish excrete (toxic) into less harmful substances, and so that means fewer water changes. :)
Ah. I thought it was to do w/ that. Thank you.
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Yeah I had a problem with snails. I had over 115 of them! Got snail zapper and they all died. Did just see a few so I may get another assassin snail (I killed him too by mistake). I'd rather not have that problem again!


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