Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-16-2009, 10:00 AM   #11 
ajmckay
New Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Quote:
bettas ARE NOT pretzels
Hahahahaha!!!! That's the funniest thing I've read in a while.... Thanks halfmoon though for making the distinction...

Josh, I like the above idea of using a gallon jar... Ammonia won't build up quite as fast in a larger water volume.

Another suggestion might be to hook up a small, air driven sponge filter... penn plax makes one with little cartridges and even some activated carbon. This will allow your betta tank to establish a bacterial base. These bacteria will actually consume the harmful ammonia and convert it to less toxic substances. Having a gravel bed can also house some of these bacterias, but due to the lack of flow the gravel receives, it's not nearly as effective as a sponge filter (the bacteria need water running through it to remove the ammonia).
The only thing you need to change in your routine is your water changes. You would probably want to stick with changing out 1/2 the water every week instead of all the water (because if you change out all the water there won't be any ammonia in the tank for the bacteria to eat, so they'll die).
My logic behind doing it this way is that it's overall more stable... Unless you are absolutely religious in doing your water changes the fish will experience changing water conditions, which leads to stress. Having a bacterial base in your tank gives you some slack in doing tank maintenance...

Betta experts please weigh in...

Last edited by ajmckay; 05-16-2009 at 10:10 AM.
ajmckay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2009, 10:10 AM   #12 
dramaqueen
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Central Texas
I fwwd minw 2 pellets twice a day and never had a problem with my fish being overweight.
dramaqueen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2009, 01:20 PM   #13 
joshf
New Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Unhappy Too far gone

As a couple on here predicted, he didn't make it through the night. I'm a little relieved, since he was obviously suffering.

Thanks everyone for all your advice. I'm throwing away his crappy little $5 prison and if I decide to keep another fish, I'll be doing it in a tank big enough to heat and cycle.
joshf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2009, 01:46 PM   #14 
dramaqueen
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Central Texas
I'm so sorry about your fish. I wish we could have done something to help.
dramaqueen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2009, 02:36 PM   #15 
AngelicScars
Member
 
AngelicScars's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: SC
I'm sorry about your fish.
AngelicScars is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2009, 02:39 PM   #16 
MrVampire181
Member
 
MrVampire181's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Colorado
Quote:
Originally Posted by ajmckay View Post
Hahahahaha!!!! That's the funniest thing I've read in a while.... Thanks halfmoon though for making the distinction...

Josh, I like the above idea of using a gallon jar... Ammonia won't build up quite as fast in a larger water volume.

Another suggestion might be to hook up a small, air driven sponge filter... penn plax makes one with little cartridges and even some activated carbon. This will allow your betta tank to establish a bacterial base. These bacteria will actually consume the harmful ammonia and convert it to less toxic substances. Having a gravel bed can also house some of these bacterias, but due to the lack of flow the gravel receives, it's not nearly as effective as a sponge filter (the bacteria need water running through it to remove the ammonia).
The only thing you need to change in your routine is your water changes. You would probably want to stick with changing out 1/2 the water every week instead of all the water (because if you change out all the water there won't be any ammonia in the tank for the bacteria to eat, so they'll die).
My logic behind doing it this way is that it's overall more stable... Unless you are absolutely religious in doing your water changes the fish will experience changing water conditions, which leads to stress. Having a bacterial base in your tank gives you some slack in doing tank maintenance...

Betta experts please weigh in...
Good info,

the filter, I use that one! It's called the "Small World Filter Kit" it works great in small tanks/jars, with a filter you don't need to do a complete water change weekly.

I can be pretty funny sometimes :P
MrVampire181 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2009, 02:43 PM   #17 
MrVampire181
Member
 
MrVampire181's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Colorado
Quote:
Originally Posted by joshf View Post
As a couple on here predicted, he didn't make it through the night. I'm a little relieved, since he was obviously suffering.

Thanks everyone for all your advice. I'm throwing away his crappy little $5 prison and if I decide to keep another fish, I'll be doing it in a tank big enough to heat and cycle.
I'm sorry, but now you know the betta do's and don'ts, your next betta will be happy in a nice warm cycled tank, not these betta bowls that are not proper homes.

I'm sorry and hope he is havin fun in betta heaven.
MrVampire181 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
bluey's terrible fin rot. Help. :( LaniBaby Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies 4 09-25-2009 05:33 PM
im terrible!! Ariel1719 Betta Pictures 15 06-19-2009 07:35 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:14 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.