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Old 09-03-2012, 12:47 PM   #21 
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I think you're thinking of ammonia or nitrites LOL
Ammonia is toxic in small amounts Nitrite is not as dangerous but still deadly Nitrate in large amounts is deadly.
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:47 PM   #22 
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Exactly, thank you. I really do know this stuff, this is what I go to school for. Marine biology is what I do best, and I have been keeping fish all my life. I have to explain the nitrogen cycle to someone on a daily basis, I work at Petco as an aquatics specialist and you'd be surprised how many people don't even know what nitrites are...

I might do plants in the near future, would prevent their tails from getting snagged. I also don't want to deal with algae and a lot of the times, plants from pet stores have freshwater snails and I DO NOT want to be killing snails everyday. For now I'll stick with my water changes, a little easier for a broke, busy college kid :P
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:49 PM   #23 
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Let's just keep this plain friendly guys! ChoclateBetta, let it drop. The tank is not overstocked so just stop...
Scurrie, sorry for the... Confusion. If the fins keep getting smaller, then you should treat. But not yet, wait for it to happen. Just do a 50%-75% change and then the day after tomorrow you should do another one just to ensure no infection. Since the moving messed up your cycle, try to keep the ammonia and nitrite close to 0ppm as close as possible.
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:51 PM   #24 
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There aren't that many 2.5 gallon tanks out there, so my own suggestion is anything over 3 gallons. It also gives a little wiggle room for gravel and plants. That being said, I have kept fish just as well in 1 gallon tanks, and so have many of the members of this forums. In the end, it's all up to you.

Fish do not get happy. They do not have the emotions that humans assign to them. They can be healthy, excited, agitated, hungry.. but happy and sad are human concepts. If a fish is healthy, active, responsive to stimuli, eating and pooping, this is as close to happy as a fish can get. We, as their caretakers, have to watch their water, make sure it is safe for them, and as long as it is, they will be healthy. You can keep a betta healthy in a 5 gallon tank, or a 1 gallon bowl, whatever you are comfortable with, as long as you give them the proper care.

Sometimes we need to keep our bellybuttons under our shirts, cause those things can be really ugly...

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Old 09-03-2012, 12:58 PM   #25 
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Thank you Lebron, I'll keep a close eye on him. I'm gonna do small water changes for the next couple of days and test to see whats going on. It should level out soon. Thank you for your help :]

Okay ChoclateBetta, I would appreciate it if you would stop adding your input. I never asked for you to insult me about my job. I am actually making a huge impact on the way my Petco treats their fish, but thank you. If you have never worked there or tried to change the way they treat fish, then I don't really appreciate you insulting me and my efforts. The whole REASON I got a job there was so that I could change the way their animals were treated.
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Old 09-03-2012, 01:00 PM   #26 
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Keep us updated on how well your fish is doing. We'd love pics! :)
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Old 09-03-2012, 01:01 PM   #27 
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Keep us updated on how well your fish is doing. We'd love pics! :)
Don't you mean how bad. Sorry being a little harsh.
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Old 09-03-2012, 01:01 PM   #28 
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Thank you Lebron, I'll keep a close eye on him. I'm gonna do small water changes for the next couple of days and test to see whats going on. It should level out soon. Thank you for your help :]
No problem, just watch out for anything serious and you're fine. I suggest you leave this thread, it's getting out of hand and you're doing just fine!
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Old 09-03-2012, 01:15 PM   #29 
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Anyone interested in seeing pic's of the kids, here is a link to the post with pictures of them :] They are very happy little buggers:

http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=112269
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:o they are such pretty fishes! :)
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