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Old 02-07-2013, 10:05 PM   #1 
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Signs of high amonia without test kit

My friend got a betta for her birthday but does not have the money to buy a test kit. she has a small 2 gallon bowl and knows she needs to do frequent changes. I was just wondering if there were some signs she could loo for in her fishes behavior or appearance to tell if she needs to increase water changes.

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Old 02-07-2013, 10:15 PM   #2 
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Gasping towards the top of the water, red sores or super red gills are signs of ammonia burns. I hope she only has the single Betta in the tank? Is it filtered? I have an unfiltered 2.5g that I do twice weekly 50%+ water changes with a 100% at least every 2 weeks & I don't test the water, my boy is good.
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yeah only one Betta and she does one 50% and one 100% a week
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:49 AM   #4 
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Those changes should be fine- however, if you notice any of the signs listed by shellieca then increase changes.
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:24 PM   #5 
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hazy or yellowish water would be a sign. If you use floater plants, those that maintain shorter roots means that the water is dirty...
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:00 AM   #6 
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Just to add on to acitydweller's post- tanks in which oak or indian almond leaves are used will be naturally tea colored. Therefore, water color is not an indication.
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:15 AM   #7 
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Here ya follow this guideline for water changes


http://www.bettafish.com/showthread....+change+thread
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:45 PM   #8 
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hazy water really means excess ammonia and as a result bacteria will develop. good waterchange schedules will prevent ammonia build up. hopefully you will not have to see the betta getting ammonia burns and gasping at the surface at all before you change the water!
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