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Old 04-14-2013, 04:30 AM   #31 
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Aw I'm so sorry. Nitrates are usually all right below 30 but what is confusing me is that you hadn't cyled the aquarium yet and were getting nitrate readings. Nitrates means the cycle is done. I don't trust test strips because they can be extremely unreliable depending on how they are stored.

You acclimatize him properly, I thought you would :)

It sounds like you got a sick fish, you tried very hard and did everything you could, I commend you for it! Maybe now you can cycle the aquarium fishlessly and then, once it's done, you'll feel up to getting a new friend?

Once again I'm really sorry.
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:21 PM   #32 
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Aw I'm so sorry. Nitrates are usually all right below 30 but what is confusing me is that you hadn't cyled the aquarium yet and were getting nitrate readings. Nitrates means the cycle is done. I don't trust test strips because they can be extremely unreliable depending on how they are stored.

You acclimatize him properly, I thought you would :)

It sounds like you got a sick fish, you tried very hard and did everything you could, I commend you for it! Maybe now you can cycle the aquarium fishlessly and then, once it's done, you'll feel up to getting a new friend?

Once again I'm really sorry.
I think i'm just gonna work on the aquatic space of it before getting any new fishy friends. Petco never really takes good care of their bettas anyways. And yea.. this time I'll do a fishless cycle. Maybe it did that because I had two filers in? to the water went though fast? I'm not sure I'm still new to the chemicals of water and such like that. I really don't know why but lately I have been really into wanting to get fish and play with the tanks. It's like an underwater garden. It's just so pretty.
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:36 PM   #33 
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I'm so sorry. It sounds like you did everything you knew to do. Perhaps he was just too ill ... So sad!
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Old 04-17-2013, 02:58 AM   #34 
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Nitrates should show after four to six weeks, not a couple of days (unless you used established filter media and/or a bacterial supplement). Odd, odd, but either way once you get to grips with a cycle and get that done it'll remove a lot of the stress of keeping a fish! The animal will flourish in your care once you've decided it's the right time to try again
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