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Old 07-20-2012, 06:42 PM   #11 
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I don't recommend stocking up on the medicated items. Personally I would make a list & next time there's a 20% sale, then purchase them.

Medications are only necessary if you overfeed or neglect the fish too long, by not doing the proper water changes.

BTW, what do you other members recommend for heaters? Wattage recommendations would also be helpful.
I want to do it in case I need to take in another rescue, or if for any reason something ever happens that I can't fix with a salt treatment..praying not
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Old 07-20-2012, 10:39 PM   #12 
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I don't recommend stocking up on the medicated items. Personally I would make a list & next time there's a 20% sale, then purchase them.

Medications are only necessary if you overfeed or neglect the fish too long, by not doing the proper water changes.

BTW, what do you other members recommend for heaters? Wattage recommendations would also be helpful.
People usually get a heater that has 3-5 watts for each gallon... I find it okay to use a bigger heater in a smaller tank, but you don't want to use a smaller heater in a bigger tank... I have two via aqua quarts glass heaters.. They're adjustable & have a thermostat. AMAZING price as well, $15-$17.

I have a 100 watt in my 10 gal and a spare 50 watt, which can be used in the 10 in case mine broke but currently I'm using it in my 2.5 gal QT tank...

50 watt: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...w_bottom_links

100 WATT: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...w_bottom_links
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:13 PM   #13 
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Thanks Teeney

I was going to ask you what kind of heater in the background with your new PS betta.

Never heard of ViaAqua brand before. To be honest, it looks sort of a copycat version of of the Visi-Therm.

The Visi-Therm has EACH heating element encased in a glass tube so it doesn't actually touch the glass. That's something extra to prevent the glass from cracking from sudden changes in water temperature.

But regardless compared to the store brands @ PTC & PS, you definitely got a good deal.

Your ViaAqua has a lot of good built in features as well.
  • Built in adjustable thermostat in Celsius & Fahrenheit.
  • Built in light that tells you it's ON.
  • It's completely submersible.
  • It's pretty stylish as well.
  • Black rubber top above the glass tube.
  • Nice color scheme, black/red.
  • Adjustment knob looks easy to grip
  • Overall a very NICE design.
BTW, if you only have a 10gallon & you live in FL, it should be hot there. So you should be able to get away with a 25W heater for the summer months.

I'm heating my 10 gallon tank in cycle right now to 90 degrees with a 25watt heater.
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:18 PM   #14 
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My parents keep the house on freezing cold all year long xD except winter obviously... Although our winters aren't THAT bad.. The lowest it gets is about 30 degrees. Still very cold though xD
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:47 PM   #15 
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Teeney.....

Also I noticed your heater also goes up to 93 degrees. If you have time, turn it up and let me know if what the actual maximum temperature your heater can attain.

  • High temperatures are a great way to kill parasites naturally.

  • The VisiTherms I have 25w 50w & 100w are only reads up to 89 degrees, but the tank temperature currently is 90 degrees at the moment.

Also I just ran a couple water tests & the Nitrites are .50ppm & ammonia was .25ppm earlier today before I added 4 drops 100% ammonia.

Going to run 2 more tests right now & add a airstone to the 10 gallon & turn it up full blast.

My friend told me that I need to OXYGENATE the water when I raise the temperature so the bacteria don't suffocate.


I'm curious to see if that will bring the Nitrite & Ammonia down a bit more to possibly 0.

I want to start the sorority tonight if possible.

I'm tired of doing water changes on half a dozen tanks.
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:13 AM   #16 
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Haha just be warned you may need to go back to cleaning lots of tanks if a female or two decides to be a meanie.

I had to pull my kanaplex back out since we are moving in case I found a blue here.. The store here had 6 blues and today they were all mysteriously gone...

Anywho I find if you HAVE the meds there seems to be less irony of disease outbreak. Or it is just me. Lol.
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Old 07-23-2012, 12:39 PM   #17 
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I keep my stuff on a shelf right now, but as I am moving, I am going to keep everything in a tool box. Easy storage and easy to move :)

I also keep Aquarium Salt on hand. Epsom salt may be good to have just incase too.
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:31 PM   #18 
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I didnt realize this thread was here

I have a heater thread going here too
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Old 07-23-2012, 07:27 PM   #19 
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Great thread:
I have 10 tanks, 15 bettas, and a laundry room stocked with 'fish stuff', several shelves. And while I agree that most disease can be avoided with proper conditions and water changes, unfortunately all of mine are rescue bettas with horrible immune systems, rescued from horrific conditions. I seem to always be fighting something with them, and I believe in being prepared. Also I'm a human doctor and believe in first aid kits:)
Fortunately I have not lost many fish, only a few initially to an infected sorority, RIP, but not in many many months... Recently I am fighting columnaris, hopefully winning, crossing all fingers...

My fishy first aid kit includes:
AQ and epsom salts, the former I use much more than the latter
IAL, which I bought online
I am a fan of decaf tea bags... some like, some don't, but I like the natural tannins
I keep a couple of extra heaters- with 15 tanks, you can never have enough
Thermometers too. Sounds strange- but I had a thermometer break in the tank
Tons of Prime on hand.

As my tanks all have natural plants, I try to avoid a lot of meds, but in my experience:
Kanamycin (mostly only found online) is a must- I recently used it for the first time, it has (hopefully) saved one of my fishies...
I also keep, as others have recommended:
The maracyns...and maroxy- can be bought at petsmart
API drugs as well- erythro and tetra- different drug classes, both for bacteria- potent in humans- have had some success in fish. API fungus cure I have, though not had to deal with the fuzzies.
Furans- that's basiscally nitrofurantin (macrobid)- for bacteria, usually gram negs- I don't keep this as kanamycin should cover the same- but I'm interested in others experience.
For parasites, I keep aquarisol, but not had to use it-

The best ammunition is (other than pristine water quality) the correct diagnosis- people don't prescribe medications without knowing what organisim with which they are dealing, and it's the same for fish. Harder though, which is why a vet's job is harder than mine and I applaud them!
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