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Old 07-17-2012, 09:21 PM   #11 
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Could I just do less water changes?

Is it normal for a betta to produce so little ammonia?
Betta do have a very small bioload. I have two in 10 gal divided tanks, and the nitrate hardly gets above 5ppm. But that is with live plants.

I wouldn't do less water changes as one water change per week is normal with fish tanks. You could get something like an apple snail to increase the bioload. Or feed smaller amounts 3-4 times a day (if your schedule allows).

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Old 07-17-2012, 09:36 PM   #12 
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Betta do have a very small bioload. I have two in 10 gal divided tanks, and the nitrate hardly gets above 5ppm. But that is with live plants.

I wouldn't do less water changes as one water change per week is normal with fish tanks. You could get something like an apple snail to increase the bioload. Or feed smaller amounts 3-4 times a day (if your schedule allows).

Sorry it took me so long to get back. Work has been really hectic lately. They can't seem to decide when they want me to work :/
Oh okay thank you! Don't worry about your response time IM sorry that I was so pushy about getting an answer out of you. I was just dying to know lol :) thank you very much for frequently answering my questions!
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:56 PM   #13 
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On no worries. I've been so busy lately, I feel like I've been neglecting the community.
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Old 07-18-2012, 12:03 AM   #14 
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On no worries. I've been so busy lately, I feel like I've been neglecting the community.
Oh don't feel that way! You are always very helpful! you shouldn't feel bad about being gone for a day or two :)
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Old 07-20-2012, 07:09 AM   #15 
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I'm sorry, but I will always be against fish-in cycles whenever their is an alternative.

How long have you been working on this cycle? If you do not have seeded media to kickstart the cycle, your fish can be living with ~0.25ppm ammonia for months. This is not good.

You can do one of two things:

---Put your filter in a tank or bucket and cycle it separately using ammonia. In the mean time, keep up with frequent water changes. When your filter is cycled, put it in the show tank. It will be effectively cycled.

---Try Tetra Safestart or Dr Tim's One-and-Only. This will at least keep your ammonia under control until your tank cycles. It will also help your cycle along.

Izzy, the new kids are coming along great. We can afford to take a breather. ;-}
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