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Old 12-02-2012, 09:21 AM   #11 
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Yes it is PH swing lack of nutrients. Live plants would work with Ammonia elimination. You should get Marimo.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:24 AM   #12 
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They already have live plants..
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Then read my filter plant thread.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:46 AM   #14 
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I did condition the bottled water and added nutrafin cycle start which puts a lot of the good stuff into the water.

Well I have 3 choices as far as water is concerned 1- poison my fish with tap water with 0.75 to 1mg Ammonia 2- use bottled water an add conditioners and nutrients back into it or 3- do rain dances and catch what rain I can off my 1m wide balcony and then end up with industrial pollution in Nemesis' tank.

I did buy a new water conditioner that binds chloramine as well instead of just chlorine. I figure chloramine must be the culprit as I live in a built up area where our water is taken from the umgeni river just below where another built up area Peitermaritzburg has its waste water treatment plant outflow. I am going to experiment with the water conditioner and my now empty 5l bottles and see if I can get it down to 0 without involving any live fishies.

PS aquarium salt is sea salt click this link http://www.petco.com/product/1697/AP...rium-Salt.aspx.

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They make Ammonia neutrilizer. http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=117963
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:58 AM   #16 
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Thanks for the link. I will let you guys know if anything works to get my tap water safe. Nemesis looks a lot happier though and is even exploring his tank more rather than flaring all the time and swimming in circles.

I am also moving my desk lamp over to the tank to help stimulate the plants a bit. How long should I leave the light on cause Nemesis doesn't like it very much. He is out of direct light but near a large glass sliding door so the tank gets lots of ambient light. The plants look happy they are growing quiet quickly and perked up alot since I brought them home.
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Sea salt and aquarium salt are not the same thing. Sea salt is for saltwater fish. The API aquarium salt directly says freshwater fish. I believe the sea salt is more potent than aquarium salt.
http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=74431

Most people recommend leaving the light on for 8-12 hours today at fairly regular times. It imitates the day/night cycle they would have in the wild.

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Old 12-02-2012, 10:00 AM   #18 
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bamboo sounds interesting - it grows quiet big though doesn't it? or would you swap it out for a small one if it out grew the tank.
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Thanks for the link. I will let you guys know if anything works to get my tap water safe. Nemesis looks a lot happier though and is even exploring his tank more rather than flaring all the time and swimming in circles.

I am also moving my desk lamp over to the tank to help stimulate the plants a bit. How long should I leave the light on cause Nemesis doesn't like it very much. He is out of direct light but near a large glass sliding door so the tank gets lots of ambient light. The plants look happy they are growing quiet quickly and perked up alot since I brought them home.
Your Welcome. I remember a product that stimulates Nitritifying and Nitrateifying bacteria. http://www.petco.com/product/112092/...Bio-Stone.aspx

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Red face I finally got a good picture of his colours

Yay it took a desk lap and some luck but I can finally show off what his colours really look like
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