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Old 07-13-2011, 05:47 PM   #1931 
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You could put some low light plants like java moss in there.
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:24 PM   #1932 
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is it worth it putting live plants in a 2.5gal tank? im new to fish so should i leave live plants for later on?
IMO - ABSOLUTELY YES!!!! Maybe not rooted plants, but things like java fern, moss and anubius. I have those even in my 2 gal. drum bowls.
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:29 PM   #1933 
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which are those clover-like patties with short brown roots that float on to of the water? have those at the LPS, i like how they float on top of the water. they dont seem to grow tall but i dont know about spreading as they grow. i do prefer plants that would float rather than root to the substrate to make tank cleaning easier. i guess they add tannins to the water also.

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Old 07-13-2011, 07:50 PM   #1934 
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I need a little help. I just bought a Submersible Heater of Tetra to go with my 5 gallon tank and it says there's suppose to be a red light that shows me when it's on, but I can never seem to see it even though I've been glancing at it since I put it in for a while now. And the water still seems rather cold. Is it broken and should I return it? Or am I doing something wrong?
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Old 07-13-2011, 08:45 PM   #1935 
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which are those clover-like patties with short brown roots that float on to of the water? have those at the LPS, i like how they float on top of the water. they dont seem to grow tall but i dont know about spreading as they grow. i do prefer plants that would float rather than root to the substrate to make tank cleaning easier. i guess they add tannins to the water also.
Sounds like duck weed.
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Old 07-13-2011, 09:03 PM   #1936 
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I need a little help. I just bought a Submersible Heater of Tetra to go with my 5 gallon tank and it says there's suppose to be a red light that shows me when it's on, but I can never seem to see it even though I've been glancing at it since I put it in for a while now. And the water still seems rather cold. Is it broken and should I return it? Or am I doing something wrong?
if you've checked with a thermometer, then it is broken. Tetra heaters aren't very reliable. Go with Aqueon.
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:29 PM   #1937 
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Yeah, my only problem is I don't have a thermometer. But I just got my paycheck, so I'm hoping to go out and buy one soon.
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:51 PM   #1938 
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What's the dosing for green tea in a betta tank to be used in place of oak leaves? I have decaf green tea/white tea. It is unsweetened. I plan to use in a quarter gallon hospital tank.
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Old 07-14-2011, 12:55 AM   #1939 
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Yeah, my only problem is I don't have a thermometer. But I just got my paycheck, so I'm hoping to go out and buy one soon.
MORE TRIPS TO WALMART. WOOHOO.
Just return it. Those heaters are absolutley awful, they really are. Youre lucky if it keeps that tank above 72'F.

Get a thermometer when you return it.

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What's the dosing for green tea in a betta tank to be used in place of oak leaves? I have decaf green tea/white tea. It is unsweetened. I plan to use in a quarter gallon hospital tank.
Decaf green tea should be presoaked in tank water or warm/hot dechlorinated water for long enough to get the water dark. Allow it to cool if its hot (to steep) and add into the tank bit by bit until its a light brown color. It may darken more after a time, so wait 10 minutes before each shot of it to see its true color.

The green tea is mostly to darken the water, it doesnt carry as great of medicinal benefits as does IAL or oak leaves. Still treat with an appropriate treatment for whatever ails the fish, dont rely on the tea to heal it.
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Decaf green tea should be presoaked in tank water or warm/hot dechlorinated water for long enough to get the water dark. Allow it to cool if its hot (to steep) and add into the tank bit by bit until its a light brown color. It may darken more after a time, so wait 10 minutes before each shot of it to see its true color.

The green tea is mostly to darken the water, it doesnt carry as great of medicinal benefits as does IAL or oak leaves. Still treat with an appropriate treatment for whatever ails the fish, dont rely on the tea to heal it.
I wasn't planning using only that to heal my betta, but even the littlest bit helps and he's in need of it. He'll be getting some stress coat, aquarium or epsom salt, and possibly more parasite treatment with the next water change, but I wanted to try a day of just gentle treatment since he's been on rigorous treatments of salts and parasite medications for the last few days since his pet store condition was near death. So far it looks like parasites are gone, but he needs low stress and to gain weight.

Thank you very much. Wanted to know before I put anything in the tank with him.
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