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Old 10-13-2012, 04:29 PM   #11 
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I have a 20 gallon long for my betta and he loves it. My filter is an aqua clear 30 which filters the water well and isn't too powerful for my betta.
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Old 10-13-2012, 06:42 PM   #12 
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why no sponge for planted tank i have 2 hobs but i was told to go with sponge
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Old 10-13-2012, 10:23 PM   #13 
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Long tanks are better for bettas than taller ones, because its easier for them to get to the top and there isn't as much water pressure on them. It is big, so i would make it a community tank. Add some white cloud minnows or mollies, and maybe an African dwarf frog. I would definitely cycle this tank. If you don't want to cycle it though you could put in Seachem Stability from petsmart. It helps prevent new tank syndrome.
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Old 10-13-2012, 11:43 PM   #14 
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If you don't want to cycle it though you could put in Seachem Stability from petsmart. It helps prevent new tank syndrome.
I'm having ammonia problems with my new tanks so does this really work? I have tetra safestart and while that helped, my tank still isn't cycled yet. Is the Seachem better?
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:35 AM   #15 
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I'm having ammonia problems with my new tanks so does this really work? I have tetra safestart and while that helped, my tank still isn't cycled yet. Is the Seachem better?
I have never tried it before, but it had gotten good reviews. To be sure i would buy a test kit to make sure the ammonia and nitrates are under control. Live plants also help.
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:04 AM   #16 
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How much ace hardware ammonia will I use? do I add it daily? Asside from running filters and adding Ammonia is there anything else I need to add/do? Obviously Ill need to test. How often would I test and what am looking for? (and no the cycling article doesnt help lol, ive read and read and read and still get confused. Its a great article but im a hands on learner and I can't quite grasp it. Thank you for your replies! Im excited to get this started. Maybe after he moves to the 20 lo ling the rescue can try out the 5 gal!
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:40 AM   #17 
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I meant it creates oxygen and with one betta you would already have to add CO2.
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Old 10-14-2012, 10:38 AM   #18 
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Yea, sponge filters are great for bettas.
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