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Old 03-20-2011, 08:26 PM   #21 
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Well you have to admit, they're much better living with me then probably dying at the pet store. I don't think one of mine, butterface, would have lived much longer. His water was really bad and I think he might have breathing problems from it now :/
Just because it is better does not mean it is good enough. You really MUST be changes your water 100% every other day in your tank. Once a week is far too little. The dangerous stuff in the water is clear, you can't see it. And often times a betta will "seem" and "look" fine, but most issues start internally.
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:28 PM   #22 
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Well, turtle10, if my bettas die prematurely then you'll be right.
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:29 PM   #23 
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I don't understand why you won't just change the water? Ammonia burns and hurts the betta when they breathe it in. You know the right thing to do but yet you refuse to do it? I don't understand.
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:33 PM   #24 
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I change the water once a week. I don't have time to do it everyday. Not to mention, I would notice if they had ammonia poisoning. It doesn't build up fast enough for that to happen anyways.
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:33 PM   #25 
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Well, turtle10, if my bettas die prematurely then you'll be right.
But turtle10 is right... not only if your betta dies. Not trying to bug you here, it's just that it hurts a fish to be in ammonia. It's like if I kept you in a closet (not that I would, I'm no creeper! :P) and left you to breathe in and sleep in your filth, while only letting you out once a week to clean your closet up, then put you back in. You get what I'm sayin'? I'm not trying to sound like a nag, but you really need to up your water changes. In a tank that small, water changes dont take long anyways ;)
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:35 PM   #26 
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That's every other day. And if your bettas die, it will be too late, won't it? Isn't that kind of what you're trying to avoid, them dying?
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I change the water once a week. I don't have time to do it everyday. Not to mention, I would notice if they had ammonia poisoning. It doesn't build up fast enough for that to happen anyways.
First of all, you can't see ammonia poisoning. Second of all, YES it does build up that fast, especially in something so tiny.
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I would notice ammonia poisoning. There are symptoms.
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:41 PM   #29 
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I would notice ammonia poisoning. There are symptoms.
The symptoms come AFTER the ammonia starts to affect them. So no, you actually would not notice ammonia poisoning, not until it has already damaged them Why won't you just do the water changes? The ammonia really does build up that fast. Your betta is suffering when you let it go that much, do you realize that?
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I don't understand how you know this. Do you have a degree in biology or ecology. Please tell me.
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