Originally Posted by Aahnay
hmm, i thought when you get that high spike it was a good sign? and thats when you lowered the amount of daily dose? Good luck, I enjoy this thread a lot. =)
From what I understand, you're supposed to keep a nice, steady flow of ammonia to feed the bacteria, not turn your tank into window cleaner.
But hey, the glass looked fabulous! I officially don't recommend the shrimp method, as I have had nothing but trouble with it.
My java moss arrived today. That was ordered so that I could stick it to the divider and break up the line of sight between the two sides of the tank. Nice and easy, right? Just secure that moss on there with a bit of thread, it's even going on needlepoint mesh, nothing could be simpler! Ever tried to sew moss underwater? Word to the wise, attach java moss to the divider BEFORE installing it in the tank. I swear, the entire point of this project has been to give my husband something to laugh about. I did manage to secure the moss to the divider without stabbing myself too many times and it came out pretty good.
So after getting the water settled and everything stable, Lucky found his butt in the big tank. He seems to think he's died and gone to betta heaven.
As was commented in another thread, the crazy ammonia loads I was putting on the tank didn't make a lot of sense when I was just trying to set up for one little betta. Was it rash to move him in? Quite possibly, but I stand by my decision. I have been struggling to get the ammonia levels right and I'm doing more harm than good. I have bacteria in place, my nitrates are evidence of that. I have quite a few plants in the tank to soak up ammonia (which may also be messing with my readings) and so long as I'm willing to commit to monitoring and water changing as needed, no harm will come to my one little betta.
Well, one little betta for now.
While picking up some more water wisteria, I was bad. I was very, very bad. I found Fly.
So I now have a second male to go on the other side. He's in QT in the one gallon that Lucky used to occupy for now. Looks like he was a bit of a tail biter in his cup, but it's already growing back. He's happily exploring his temporary home.
Now I'm monitoring the big tank to make sure it stays stable and giving Fly some TLC in the bitty tank. Hopefully by next weekend, I'll have my tank fully occupied and settled.