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Old 06-20-2011, 09:40 AM   #1 
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Good morning everyone!

I am new here and just joined. I am also a newbie when it comes to betas. I read the forums on basic care for betas. I was a moron and when I went to PETCO I listened to the people there who told me betas like living in small spaces and don't need pumps/filters/heaters. When I noticed my poor beta losing his color and turning this rusty/greyish color I realized something was wrong so I started researching.

I changed his environment completely yesterday. I attached a photo of his new aquarium. It is 6.6 gallons and has a filter and water heater. I got a thermometer to put on the side of the tank to make sure the temps stay warm in the water. I also put in the necessary things to remove chlorine and ammonia. He still has color loss but he is swimming around a TON in this tank. All over and I am not sure if this is a good sign? He darts down and up, etc.

I originally put one of those real plant bulbs in because they said it would grow in 21 days but mine did not grow and I threw it out because it made the water weird. Do you have any suggestions for how I can change my tank to make it better for Hubert (Hubie Boobie hehe)? I am going to get new things to put in. I also want to put pebbles on the ground.

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Old 06-20-2011, 09:49 AM   #2 
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I would suggest gravel and you could get an easy plant like java fern that would be fine, and have you cycled the tank?
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Old 06-20-2011, 09:49 AM   #3 
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Get some gravel or sand, a cave (a terra cotta pot (make sure the hole is plugged) or a coffee cup will do), and some plants (http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=67565). And also get some AQ salt for medication.

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Old 06-20-2011, 09:50 AM   #4 
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Oh and one other thing. These are the items I have for water and food.

Wardley Betta food pellets
Nutrafin qua plus tap water conditioner
nutrafin cycle biological aquarium supplement.
Dried blood worms for snack

I attached a photo of Hubert - he still looks sick. I bought bettafix by API because it is all natural and his symptoms appeared to be what was described on the bottle. I don't know if this is correct?

I want to make sure he does not die. He seems better than he was a few days ago since he is moving around more and swimming, eating, etc.
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Old 06-20-2011, 09:52 AM   #5 
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Hi everyone thank you for responding! Does cycling the tank mean let it run for 24 hours? If so I did not do this. Uh oh - is there anything I can do to make sure he is okay. He has been in there for almost 24 hours and is swimming around a lot.

I am going back to the store today to get whatever is needed. Like gravel, sand, and the other things you suggested.

I want my beta to live. I refuse to be a beta killer :( I already feel horrible that I believed the pet store idiots. My gut said research but then I just said, they know what they are talking about because they work there LOL -

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Old 06-20-2011, 10:22 AM   #6 
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cycling a tank, to put it simply, is when you allow beneficial bacteria to grow in the tank, removing harmful ammonia and nitrite but leaving nitrate which is removed by water changes however i believe that the nutrafin might have done this.. I would read the bottle and see if it says that.
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Old 06-20-2011, 10:27 AM   #7 
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Nutrafin cycle says it does this! PHEW! I am heading to the pet store in 30 minutes to buy foliage and other things - gravel - I also need to get a new water heater.
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Old 06-24-2011, 05:32 PM   #8 
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If you're going to cycle the tank you need to get a test kit to monitor nitrites and nitrates. The API freshwater master test kit is the one most recommended.
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