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Old 10-16-2012, 06:23 AM   #2921 
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Can anyone help me diagnose my betta?
Ask your questions in the Diseases section of the forum. That's the best way to get a fast answer.
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Old 10-16-2012, 12:25 PM   #2922 
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How long can a tank stay cycling without a fish? Is it quick to break down (like 24 to 48 hours) or is the window a bit slower (like 72 hours)?
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Old 10-16-2012, 12:27 PM   #2923 
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what is the most popular tail of betta in demand?
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:10 PM   #2924 
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I think it depends. Veil tails seem to be the most common tail type to find where I live. By contrast, you'll find people on this site who prefer crowntails or plakats.

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Old 10-16-2012, 01:52 PM   #2925 
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Quick question: Can I use crushed coral as substrate for plants? My ph is 7.0.
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Old 10-16-2012, 03:23 PM   #2926 
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About my gravel question... It's been soaking in regular tap water for the past few days because I couldn't find time to mess with it. It's been a long time since I've had new gravel... it is supposed to have a funky smell? It just smells like new gravel I guess. Anyways, should I let it soak in conditioned water?
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Old 10-16-2012, 04:10 PM   #2927 
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Quick question: Can I use crushed coral as substrate for plants? My ph is 7.0.
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I have no experience with coral, but I have heard it will raise pH in a tank. How much, I don't know. My concern with crushed coral is that it will be like sand in a tank which I think is harder to clean. I'm sure someone else will chime in with better info.
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Old 10-17-2012, 04:41 AM   #2928 
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Canuck Fins.....An established tank can keep its nitrogen cycle for over four days without any maintainance. After that the bacteria slowly go to "sleep." After a month, they'll need major rejuvenation....but still better than nothing. You might feed it a little fishfood if you're not going to stock it for a couple of weeks.

LL...Your (cycled?) gravel should have been in conditioned water.

cjz....Crushed coral will tend to raise your pH. Is that what you want?

As for whether it's a good plant substrate, you might get more better answers on one of the plant threads.
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:34 PM   #2929 
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Hallyx, I'm wanting to more gravel to my cycled 10 gallon so I bought a new bag. The new bag of gravel has been rinse and soaked in a bucket of tap water, and it is now soaking in conditioned water. I'm asking if I need to let the new gravel soak before adding it to the 10 gallon.
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Old 10-18-2012, 12:47 PM   #2930 
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I'm thinking about getting a new tank, but I'm worried about the cycle. I had an epiphany today however, if I keep the same filter, since they live in the filter, won't the cycle carry over? Or will the new water kill the BB?

Also, if they live in the filter cartridges, are you suppose to change them? Or just rinse them in old tank water?
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