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Old 12-07-2012, 03:30 PM   #21 
Join Date: Jul 2012
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Originally Posted by shellieca View Post
The fact is very few Bettas or fish in general can live healthy lives in an unfiltered small volume of water without proper water changes. They may be existing but not healthy, happy living. Bettas & Goldfish are advertised & sold as easy fish who can live in a small bowl with few water changes & its just not true. You are not alone in getting misinformation & thinking it true, 95% of us started out the wrong way. Setting up a tank & letting the filter run for a week does not cycle the tank so that its safe for fish, even though the instructions say let it run 24 hrs & then add fish. I suspect your water parameters; ammonia especially are what is causing your fish to be ill as well as the too cool water, do as recommended & he'll most likely bounce back.
Its not a healthy life.
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