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Old 05-05-2013, 05:36 AM   #31 
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Aquarium Medications and Treatments; Antibiotics, Chemical and Organic. Has some info on bacteria.

How often do you do vacuum cleaning in the tank? I suggest once a week if you can. You'd be so surprised as the junk that gathers under the gravel and yes, it can definitely cause higher ammonia/nitrite/nitrate levels. I'm glad you don't have ammonia in your tap water; that can make things pretty complicated sometimes if your source water is contaminated.

For water changes . . . well, I'm an advocate for frequent, big water changes but not everyone agrees. My theory is nothing controls the water quality better than having as much clean water go in as possible. I personally don't think that 100% changes remove beneficial bacteria but some people do and that's fine. It's all up to everyone's individual preferences and beliefs. So I'd say do as big a water change as you feel is necessary.
ive only tried 50wc on the 2.5g 2 times. most of the time its 4-5 day 100wc which may lead to too clean water. ive had trouble trying to moderate such. ive seen the gunk that hides in the gravel after 4-5 days, its 2x worse if i dont do any wc for 7 days.

the main victim of the gravel vac remains to be the 5g cycled for obvious reasons. i havent tried 50wc on my 3.4g kks but i do find they'd be easier to control the parameters due to more water.

thank you for the link on meds/diseases.
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I'm not sure if you can have too much clean water but I know you can definitely have too much bad water. :p But what you've been doing sounds fine to me, really. I don't think you have any water quality issues at all.
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thanks Sakura8. his problems may have just stemmed from genetics. as soon as he came into my hands his fins were very fragile to the point that AQ salt for every episode would be overkill. this happened every 2 to 3 weeks that his fins would tear. it was better at times to forget aq salt and let fresh water do the healing.
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The larger the fins, the more fragile the tissue and bad genetics doesn't help. You took great care of him for all those months. :)
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The larger the fins, the more fragile the tissue and bad genetics doesn't help. You took great care of him for all those months. :)
thank you Sakura8, you can really tell his fins were too large. his dorsal never did full flare, 80% was the most and often it was like in the avy with the other half drooping.

my oversize fin issues arent done yet. my DeT has large fins also and they're torn on the edges but no issues like Nelliel so far (hope it doesnt do the same for the DeT.)

this question is a bit off topic but what does a egg spot on a female betta look like? ive only had 1 female betta (to replace my VT) and ive noticed a short 1mm stubby spike behind her belly. is this the eggspot? cant get a clear shot of it easily, she's rather active lol.

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If that little spot is white and it's kind of between her two ventral fins (the long ones that hang down), then yes. It's probably an egg spot. Some times it's really obvious and some times the girls like to hide them a little more.

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If that little spot is white and it's kind of between her two ventral fins (the long ones that hang down), then yes. It's probably an egg spot. Some times it's really obvious and some times the girls like to hide them a little more.

yes it is, thank you very much Sakura. only thing is my female pK's is more noticeable.
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