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Old 11-25-2012, 04:42 PM   #2981 
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I have a 5 gallon tank for my one betta fish and he has no tank mates. If I ever had to treat him with AQ or Epsom salt for any reason, is it a good idea to do this in his regular 5 gallon tank or do you move them to a hospital tank reguardless of whether or not they have tank mates?

Also, I ordered some silk plants to add to my tank and also to replace the one plastic plant I have in there. How do I go about adding and moving the decorations in his tank?
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:04 PM   #2982 
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It's better to move him to a smaller tank, you'll have to do 100% changes after all. Especially if you have a filter, the BB on the gravel will die if you clean it. You'll want to move him whether or not he has tank mates or none.

Just rinse the decorations in hot tap water and then take out the other decorations and replace.
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:15 PM   #2983 
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Thank you!
So can I do that with my hands? Would it be okay or better to do it during a 50% water change, and should I worry too much about taking his old plant out? He does not seem to like the other tank decoration that I added. He only uses his old ones.
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:18 PM   #2984 
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Yes, your hands can do the work. You can do it whenever you want, it doesn't really matter. Happy decorating!
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:19 PM   #2985 
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Thanks. I was just worried because I hear often that the oil from your hands can harm fish, and I'm a little paranoid that when I wash them I won't rinse them well enough or something :p
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:24 PM   #2986 
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I use kitchen tongs to move things around in my 5 gallon but yes you can use your hands just make sure they are very clean and rinsed well with no soap on them. It may take a couple of days for him to get used to the new plants he may even flare at them but dont worry he will be fine.
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:27 PM   #2987 
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Does anyone have any tips for circulating the heat from the heater more consistently through the water?
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:31 PM   #2988 
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Hm.. You can put it in the center, or if you have a filter you can put it beside. I really have no idea on this one.
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:32 PM   #2989 
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Does anyone have any tips for circulating the heat from the heater more consistently through the water?
I put the heater as close to the filter intake as possible.
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:15 PM   #2990 
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If I see my betta hunting around for something to eat and he is like "pecking" at the glass, should I feed him more?
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