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Old 08-05-2010, 04:01 PM   #21 
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Is there anything I could explain better? I don't know what it is you didn't understand.

If you don't want to test your water and do everything else necessary to safely build a bacteria colony--and it really is a very simple thing, it just takes a little patience, but you only have to do it once--you have to go with the uncycled method and do regular 100% water changes. The frequency of the 100% changes will depend on the size of the tank--keep in mind that every time you do a 100% change, you'll need to clean out everything in the tank with hot water.

As far as additives, I use Seachem Prime as my dechlorinator. Because it's concentrated, it's best you can get for your money. If you want to buy a bacterial supplement to speed up your cycle, I only recommend Tetra SafeStart and Dr. Tim's One and Only--don't be tricked by similar products that do nothing. I use ACE hardware brand pure ammonia to feed my bacteria. Make sure that the ammonia you get has no perfumes or surfactants--when you shake it, it should not foam. If you ask to buy ammonia at the fish store, they will likely laugh at you. The best place to get it is a hardware store.
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Old 08-05-2010, 04:11 PM   #22 
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Is there anything I could explain better? I don't know what it is you didn't understand.

If you don't want to test your water and do everything else necessary to safely build a bacteria colony--and it really is a very simple thing, it just takes a little patience, but you only have to do it once--you have to go with the uncycled method and do regular 100% water changes. The frequency of the 100% changes will depend on the size of the tank--keep in mind that every time you do a 100% change, you'll need to clean out everything in the tank with hot water.

As far as additives, I use Seachem Prime as my dechlorinator. Because it's concentrated, it's best you can get for your money. If you want to buy a bacterial supplement to speed up your cycle, I only recommend Tetra SafeStart and Dr. Tim's One and Only--don't be tricked by similar products that do nothing. I use ACE hardware brand pure ammonia to feed my bacteria. Make sure that the ammonia you get has no perfumes or surfactants--when you shake it, it should not foam. If you ask to buy ammonia at the fish store, they will likely laugh at you. The best place to get it is a hardware store.
Thanks, can u run me through, step by step how to build a bacteria colony, and why it is needed? and what is needed?
Im sorry if im being an idiot... lol im not usually like this
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Old 08-05-2010, 05:20 PM   #23 
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Man, you are giving me wrist pains with all these long posts. I don't really have time to go over it with you tonight, I suggest googling the Nitrogen Cycle--there are plenty of good articles out there that probably explain it better than I do.
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Old 08-05-2010, 05:26 PM   #24 
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Man, you are giving me wrist pains with all these long posts. I don't really have time to go over it with you tonight, I suggest googling the Nitrogen Cycle--there are plenty of good articles out there that probably explain it better than I do.
I just need to know why i need the bacteria in my tank?
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Old 08-05-2010, 05:37 PM   #25 
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There is a cycling sticky in the bowls/habitats section. It explains everything!
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Old 08-05-2010, 05:59 PM   #26 
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Thanks! I just read the sticky, i understand now!! YAY

However one thing is bothering me... Once the cycle is complete, do u do a 100% water change?? and if you do, then what is the whole point of doing the cycle since the water is gone now?
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Old 08-05-2010, 06:42 PM   #27 
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Just a suggestion. . .

Get two 2.5 gallons instead of two 1.5 and skip teh extra Betta for now. Leanr a little more before you overwhelm yourself.

I've had Bettas for years. For a long, long time I had only one at a time. My VT I currently have, I had for a year and a half before getting anymore. And it always comes down to, when I get some extra money, spoiling the ones I already have and then, if there is anything left, I might consider another one.

They are FUN to collect. But they are living things, not dolls. Make sure you can give each of them the best care possible before commiting.

Oh, and I would use pellets instead of flakes. It is much easier to keep your tank/bowl clean with them and Bettas prefer them. Also, if you choose to use flakes, be certain they are specifically formulated for Bettas and not just for tropical fish.
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Old 08-05-2010, 07:27 PM   #28 
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Just a suggestion. . .

Get two 2.5 gallons instead of two 1.5 and skip teh extra Betta for now. Leanr a little more before you overwhelm yourself.

I've had Bettas for years. For a long, long time I had only one at a time. My VT I currently have, I had for a year and a half before getting anymore. And it always comes down to, when I get some extra money, spoiling the ones I already have and then, if there is anything left, I might consider another one.

They are FUN to collect. But they are living things, not dolls. Make sure you can give each of them the best care possible before commiting.

Oh, and I would use pellets instead of flakes. It is much easier to keep your tank/bowl clean with them and Bettas prefer them. Also, if you choose to use flakes, be certain they are specifically formulated for Bettas and not just for tropical fish.
Okay :D i'll keep that in mind.
Once the cycle is complete, do u do a 100% water change?? and if you do, then what is the whole point of doing the cycle since the water is gone now?
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Old 08-05-2010, 07:32 PM   #29 
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The point is: the bacteria is still in your filter media and gravel.
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The point is: the bacteria is still in your filter media and gravel.
so... after the cycle, don't clean the gravel?
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