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Old 02-25-2013, 12:41 AM   #31 
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Very pretty! He deleted the old pics, but he got a betta that was still alive in a small cup with ORANGE water and rotting betta pellets. The ammonia was off the charts and yet, he still survived. He's still alive and we named him Radiation (get it? lol). He's a red marble CT and he's gorgeous. I'll have to get a pic of him sometime.
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:43 AM   #32 
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:) Thank you!

Yeah I guess we can't do much about the water in our areas! I mean, we do what we can.
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:45 AM   #33 
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Exactly! But I finally learned that if I do a double dose of Prime in my 10 gallon filter tank, and add 3 drops of Prime to my unfiltered ones (and then redose them after 48 hrs), it really does help the ammonia levels, which is really my greatest worry..I had actually rescued a little female back in November and the next day she had died and I'm 99% sure it was due to the ammonia.
But you're right...we do what we can!!
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:48 AM   #34 
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That reminds me of when there was a pipe break in the city. There was a book rule that I didn't hear about and I did a water change. It ONLY killed my two bettas and I was sooooo mad! I had a 4mo blue marble HM names Daemon. He was gorgeous and I literally cried when he died. He was my pride and joy with bettas and my most gorgeous marble ever (even to this day) and he died from water poisoning. Oh, was I mad. Dx
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:49 AM   #35 
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Wow - I was just worried about my ph/hardness but I read that buying ph altering chemicals can be even more trouble .. so I just tried to add natural things. Still, it's annoying. I wonder how the fish in our area pet stores stay alive. I hadn't even thought of measuring the ammonia right from the tap, but I do use Prime like you, and usually a drop or two extra falls out of the bottle anyway when I use it.

I never knew fish keeping was going to be such a chemistry lesson :/
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:52 AM   #36 
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Same here! And chemistry is not my strong point..
I had bought some of that tetra "easy balance" and it doesn't do anything...so I finally just said forget it. I remember measuring it out of the tap because one day I had measured it when Leo got sick (the first time) and it was really high (I had been away for the weekend and the shrimp in his tank with him all decided to die at once..) and I wanted to see how it compared to water straight from the tap..otherwise I wouldn't have thought of it!
@Kiara: that's awful! I would have cried too! :(
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:53 AM   #37 
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Oh! That stinks! I'm so sorry. I felt that way when my fish Purplius died. Come to think of it both my bettas that died .. well they died very quickly within the same time frame, and I had no idea why. (Not in a divided tank or anything, totally different tanks) Maybe it was a water thing I didn't test for. I know about the "basic" things like temp, ammonia, acclimating, food, etc.

My fish Purplius was the craziest betta I have ever seen not on Aquabid. He was a purple marble fancy crowntail, I mean true purple with fuschia and white. I deleted his photos because it's depressing :(


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That reminds me of when there was a pipe break in the city. There was a book rule that I didn't hear about and I did a water change. It ONLY killed my two bettas and I was sooooo mad! I had a 4mo blue marble HM names Daemon. He was gorgeous and I literally cried when he died. He was my pride and joy with bettas and my most gorgeous marble ever (even to this day) and he died from water poisoning. Oh, was I mad. Dx
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:54 AM   #38 
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Wait, what happens to the water during a city pipe break?
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:55 AM   #39 
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I use Prime. I love the stuff. Much better the AquaSafe and it's cheaper around here. I'm currently treating my injured bettas (got into a fight) with Prime and salt. The scale regrowth started within a day. I love it! :)
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:58 AM   #40 
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A sewage pipe broke and leaked into the water. Still, that's sad! I had a purple/yellow marble veiltail and I need to find my pics if him. He died on Christmas and I felt terrible. He was given to me by my boyfriend ( after he rescued him from Walmart and had him for two years). I had him for two years and he got dropsy ... Still, I wish I would've seen your betta. I miss my Lithium. :(
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