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Old 06-03-2012, 12:34 AM   #1 
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Live Plants to cycle

With the recent ammonia spike event in Spike's tank I maybe losing him tonight.
Should I or should I not lose him tonight, could I put in some sort of plants to help cycle the tank?
My local PetsMart has:
hornwort
moss balls
wisteria
anacharis
and moneywort


5.5 gallon with fluorescent bulb/filter/heater
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Old 06-03-2012, 12:17 PM   #2 
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During the fish in cycle, you have to do water changes to keep the ammonia level down to almost nothing... It'll slow down the cycle, but it will keep your fish safe. Weekly water changes, sometimes biweekly are best. Since it is a 5 gallon with what I am presuming is only one betta, you need to do a 50 percent water change once a week.
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Old 06-03-2012, 03:02 PM   #3 
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Oh no not spike :( grab him some fast growing plants such as duckweed. (hopefully you have enough lighting, if not shine a lamp over the plants) And definitely keep up with the water changes
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He's a fighter
he pulled through the night/is now in a hospital tank
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Old 06-03-2012, 03:29 PM   #5 
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yup, don't give up spike!
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Old 06-03-2012, 03:39 PM   #6 
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do you know how long it may take him to recover from ammonia?
i think i see him swimming just a bit more now. But his fins are still held close.
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I have no idea sorry :( never had a fish with ammonia problems, I think having plants really help reduce the risk down dramatically. you can buy any of those plants you listed for your tank. All should grow well without being planted in the substrate.
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FishyFish, what size is the qt tank, and is it heated? I'd give him a few days of clean warm water.

What was your water change schedule like for the cycling tank?
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FishyFish, what size is the qt tank, and is it heated? I'd give him a few days of clean warm water.

What was your water change schedule like for the cycling tank?
it is one of the larger kritter keepers filled up half way.
I moved the heater from his bigger tank to it. I was able to set it to a lower setting to keep his water stable.
My water change schedule was 30% every week/50% monthly with vacuum.
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Old 06-03-2012, 06:51 PM   #10 
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Okay, that set up sounds fine.

As for your cycling tank... Have you made sure to leave the filtermedia alone/ not replace it? How long has it been cycling, and have you started to see a spike in nitrite yet? I personally would do a 50% weekly, but only do it with the gravel vac if you see him clamping a little or if you see the ammonia start to spike.
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