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Old 03-01-2010, 12:15 PM   #11 
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Another question....

Thanks! Freddy picked out the color. Looks like you have a red one too - very beautiful!

Now to another question...Neekis has eaten 1 pellet of food a day. (betta pellets) I always scoop out what he doesn't eat. Today he had 1 pellet, then spit it out, then ate it again. After about a minute, he spit some of it out. Looks like he ate some of the pellet. Then he ate maybe 1-1/2 bloodworms. When should I feed him again? He isn't full grown yet.
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Old 03-01-2010, 12:47 PM   #12 
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The pellets may be too biig for him. Try crushing them up.
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Old 03-02-2010, 01:49 PM   #13 
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But I would keep the filter for later on.. they are great in bigger tanks (like 2.5 -3 gallon tanks) you never know you might want to upgrade him eventually.
I will definitely be upgrading at some point so I will be sure to keep it! Thanks again for all your input.
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Old 03-02-2010, 04:00 PM   #14 
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I was going ot ask this same question about water changes. Is it acceptable, to do 50% water changes once a week? I have a 5 gallon with mini heater. I don't have something big enough to let the wtaer sit for a day when I put the chemicals in for a 5 gallon tank. I only have a couple pots I could use for the water so 50% is pretty much the only way I can do it right now. Suggestions? Comments? Is that theory okay? *I havent done it yet, I was checking to see if that would be okay for my fishes*
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Old 03-02-2010, 05:21 PM   #15 
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In a 5 gallon I highly suggest getting a filter and cycling. But until you do that you need to do full water changes.. one a week I would say in a 5gal.

You don't technically need to let the water sit a day.. in fact I never do unless I just happen to have water left over. So what I would do until you cycle (if you choose to do so) I would cup the fish.. dump the water/ clean the gravel (a gravel vac would come in handy) then refill/ dechlorinate , let it heat back up and reintroduce the fish.
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Old 03-03-2010, 04:37 PM   #16 
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It's so easy to get containers for water changing. A big 5 gallon bucket that you get from any supermarket/home supply store will work. Just use it ONLY for water changes and rinse it really well when you first get it. Or get yourself a bunch of gallon spring water jugs anywhere and re-use those. If you can pick up a cheap 3 dollar gravel vacuum you can use the tubing it comes with to siphon a lot of the water out/in. It's less messy.

I have a big 5 gallon bucket for draining the water and three empty 1 gallon jugs for adding water back in. The bucket was 5 bucks or so, the spring water were 1 dollar a piece and the vacuum was a couple dollars. I keep everything in the bucket in my kitchen so it's ready to go. I only do partial changes though cause my tanks are cycled. 2-3 10-20% changes weekly on each of my three tanks.
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Old 03-04-2010, 12:40 PM   #17 
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Talking Neekis is soooo cool!

So Neekis appears to enjoy having his tank cleaned with him in it! I used the vacuum today and he kept coming up to it to check it out. He didn't have his fins flared or anything....just kept following me around. I did a 50% change and was amazed on all the stuff that was in the gravel! And I just got him last Saturday. I cleaned the tank on Monday and then again today. Was a little concerned with the quality of the water as I cleaned, but he really seemed to do fine. There wasn't much floating around in the water.

Also, he loves it when my 3 yr old son puts his face up next to the tank to talk to him...it's so adorable. Then he gives the whole tank a hug and it seems like Neekis never wants him to leave the area. I never thought a fish could be so intereactive! Especially with the water change...I really think it was less stressful on him than taking him out. Of course, I will take him out when I do a full cleaning.

Thanks to everyone for all the advice. I'm really getting the feeling that each fish has its own personality.
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I'm so glad to hear how much you and your son are enjoying Neekis. Yes, they're very entertaining and have great personalities.
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Old 03-08-2010, 06:39 PM   #19 
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i put my beta in a small glass tumbler filled with tank water for his water changes. it's clear glass, but he's never seemed bothered by it, plus he's only in it for 5-10 minutes, depending on how much scrubbing i do. : ) plus i have an old plastic grate thing from a really old filter that fits perfectly over the glass and has small slots in the top so i know he has fresh air. (i always leave about half and inch of space at the top.)
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