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Old 03-10-2013, 05:14 PM   #1 
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Today I brought home my fourth Betta.... I believe he is a marbled half moon plakat! His cup said he was a half moon but due to his short tail I knew this was not the case. He is living in a 2.5gallon AquaView 360 with a heater and filter and a live plant! :)By looking at him he seems generally healthy and seems to be active, which is amazing due horrendous water conditions. He is also unnamed, so I am open to any name suggestions any of you may have! Also I will update daily on how he is doing, with new pictures! (Yay XD)

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Picture #1 The new tank!

Pic #2 Getting acclimated

Pic #3 Car ride home

Pic #3 Just him :)

Pic #4 In his new home :D
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:25 PM   #2 
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Wow! Very cute! Make sure to take before and after pictures so you can see the difference!
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:26 PM   #3 
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I will!:) Can't wait to see him color up!
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:29 PM   #4 
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Very nice new boy! He is a normal half moon though, not a hmpk.
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:31 PM   #5 
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Oh my bad! I might be because he is a little clamped :/ ifeelkindastupid XD
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:01 PM   #6 
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Anyone have name suggestions?
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:03 PM   #7 
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Sorry pressed the post button on accident computer glitched on me!

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Old 03-10-2013, 06:41 PM   #8 
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Very cute!

I'd be really really careful about putting shells in fresh water fish tanks. It will raise the ph and hardness of your water..

Hopefully you aren't going to leave him in the bathroom.. the aerosols can kill him.

What size tank is that?

Is the heater topfin?
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:43 PM   #9 
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Oh! I did not know shells did that..... I am going to be cleaning the tank twice weekly with a gravel vacuum..... So with a filter and 2+ water changes weekly is this going to be something that will harm him?

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Old 03-10-2013, 07:49 PM   #10 
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Personally, I wouldn't bother filtering something this small.

This is what I wrote on another person's thread about the same thing..

I wouldn't filter anything smaller than a 5g because it just creates current the fish can't get away from it. Also trying to cycle anything smaller will require more careful monitoring and more supplies and it probably still won't ever fully establish.

If you did want to do that I would use a sponge filter, with pump and airline. Then you will need a drops kit for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. You need to be testing daily with a reliable drops kit for ammonia and nitrite and doing an extra 50% change any time you see either. In addition to this a weekly 50% with siphon or new fresh turkey baster that has never seen chems is needed to remove poop and other debris from the gravel. It is not enough to just scoop water off the top ever.

First you will see ammonia, then nitrite. Eventually, hopefully, you will see ammonia fall and stay at 0 even after a week of no water changes, and finally nitrite. At this point you will be left with only nitrates after a full week of no changes and these can be kept <20ppm by twice weekly 50% change with baster/siphon. However, cycling will take up to two months to complete and many if not most people will tell you that you can't cycle a tank of this size and you will always need twice weekly 50% and 100% water changes or you will always see ammonia continuing to build and the cycle will never finish..

If you don't cycle it and while you are not cycling it you should do two water changes a week of 50% and 100%.

The 50% changes the betta can be kept in the bowl and use a turkey baster to remove half the water and as much of the debris as possible. For the 100% you need to remove him - scoop him out with a plastic solo type cup and set aside while you thoroughly rinse the bowl and gravel to remove the debris. Then he should be acclimated to the new water by floating for an hour while you slowly add a couple tablespoons of new water to the cup every 10 minutes. When you release him, try to let as little of the old cup water back into the tank as possible. All water changes should use same temp water, matched to running tap using the in tank thermometer and the water needs to be premixed with conditioner before adding it to the betta tank. If you don't already have anything, you can use gallon water jugs from the grocery store - rinsed thoroughly in hot water but no chems.
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