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View Poll Results: Whats a Betta Fishes favorite?
Special feeding worms 3 30.00%
Hide Outs like a car, castle, ect. 3 30.00%
Burrowing in the ground pebles 0 0%
A big Tank such as 10 gallon 4 40.00%
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Old 03-03-2008, 02:24 PM   #11 
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0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, and <10ppm nitrates. You need something to spark an ammonia spike though, which is where fish food works great.
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Old 03-03-2008, 04:12 PM   #12 
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What is <10pPM nitrates? Also what is an ammonia spike and a nitrite spike?
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Old 03-04-2008, 11:02 AM   #13 
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<10ppm means less than 10 ppm an ammonia and nitrite spike is where they will jump really high.
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Old 03-04-2008, 02:12 PM   #14 
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OK so what does pPm mean then? Also when you 'spark' a ammonia or nitrites spike does that mean to make the nitrites or ammonia go down? Or like what does it mean?
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Old 03-04-2008, 02:23 PM   #15 
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ppm means parts per million.
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Old 03-04-2008, 04:48 PM   #16 
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Don't worry. With a liquid test kit, you do the test, usually wait about 5 minutes, hold it up to the little card and it tells you what you have. Very easy.

As for the nitrates, the ideal range is actually within 20 (though if you can manage less than 10 that's great) but that doesn't really happen a lot unless water changes have been neglected or the tank is overstocked or something if wrong with the water already.
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Old 03-05-2008, 02:34 PM   #17 
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OK now I get it. You run the filter for a matter of weeks, then you take get a liquid test kit and test the water. If it is <pPm of ammoinia and nitrites then the cycle is done. Riight?
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Old 03-05-2008, 02:56 PM   #18 
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I am looking at getting this filter:
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...amily&keepsr=1
Also is a an air pump neccessary? I was looking at this one:
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...amily&keepsr=1
And this heater:
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...amily&keepsr=1
This light too:
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...amily&keepsr=1
I need more gravel so would this be good. I want the coloured stuff.
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...#RatingsDetail
Also I might get a few of these:
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...amily&keepsr=1
Are these quality product for a 10 gallon tank?
Should I purchase them?
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Old 03-05-2008, 04:50 PM   #19 
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The AquaClear is a good filter. However, it might produce too much current for a Betta. Although, I can't remember if the AquaClear has a flow control on it. If so, you might be able to put it on the lowest setting and it will be ok.

I don't think you'll need the air pump. Bettas like still water and too much bubbles may be stressful.

The Visi-Therm Stealth is a good heater. I have one in my 10 gallon and it keeps the temp. very stable.

I wouldn't get an incadescent light. It will produce too much heat. Look for a flourescent light.

Gravel and decor...whatever suites your fancy. Just make sure there are no sharp edges that might shred your Bettas fins.

Good luck!
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Old 03-05-2008, 05:20 PM   #20 
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OK sounds good. I will ask if the AquaClear has flow control. And I will look for a flouresent light.
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