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Old 05-18-2013, 04:57 AM   #1 
Hoshiko
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Unhappy Help a nooblet out with her betta and tank ;O; plz

Hi everyone!
Orpheus, my betta, and I are running into some issues trying to control the ammonia levels in his tank. Here are our logistics and then I will explain what I've been noticing.

Housing
What size is your tank? 2.5g
What temperature is your tank? 75-80
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? Marimo Moss Ball

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Hikari Betta Bio-Gold every other week I feed him frozen blood worms (which he loves) but they smell bad so I try not to lol
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3 times a day 4 pellets, he eats them immediately.

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? Once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50-60%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Tetra AquaSafe 10 drops.

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia: 1.0 - 2.0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
pH: 7
Hardness: 75 ppm
Alkalinity: 80 ppm

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Curly ends (no noticeable black)
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Not at all
When did you start noticing the symptoms? The curly ends, he's had for a while.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Today there was a water change and I added two tbsps of API salt to see if it helps with the curly ends, I don't normally add salt.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No, but there was a time where I had him without a heater.
How old is your fish (approximately)? No idea at all xDU

Clearly for a tank this small these ammonia readings are something to be worried about, Orpheus has a Marimo as a tank mate and I haven't noticed anything drastic in the change of chemistry. I normally scan the surface of the gravel for poop or any residue to pick it up with a turkey baster everyday so it surprises me that I have such a high reading of ammonia. Every once in a while Orpheus "doesn't feel good" for half a day and his eyes turn red and his face whiteish (it is normally black). I interpret that as bloating from eating too fast and I just fast him for the rest of the day and the next day he's fine.
I don't want to wait to see Orpheus getting sick so I am wondering if you have any tips for me. I will be going to Petco tomorrow to see if they have an inexpensive gravel vacuum as maybe the turkey baster isn't enough.
Do you think any tank mates would help his cause or even help him be more entertained while I'm not home?

Thanks for your help!
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Old 05-18-2013, 07:26 AM   #2 
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Have you tested your tap Water for ammonia? I have 2 unfiltered 2.5g tanks, I do a 70%+ water change twice a week & a 100% every 2-3 wks. The ammonia at the levels you're reporting are harming your fish & it needs to be addressed for his future health. I realize your tank is filtered but apparently its not cycled so you should be testing the water daily & doing a water change when the ammonia, nitrites are >.25 which could be daily. His eyes turning red & face losing color is not bloating, his belly would be bloated if he had bloat. I suspect his not feeling well is due to the water quality & I would start testing daily & doing more frquent water changes. Personally I don't bother with a filter on a tank that size, others do & apparently have no issues, I just think its more hassle than its worth. Do not add any tank mates, the tank is too small.
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Old 05-18-2013, 01:39 PM   #3 
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Have you tested your tap Water for ammonia? I have 2 unfiltered 2.5g tanks, I do a 70%+ water change twice a week & a 100% every 2-3 wks. The ammonia at the levels you're reporting are harming your fish & it needs to be addressed for his future health. I realize your tank is filtered but apparently its not cycled so you should be testing the water daily & doing a water change when the ammonia, nitrites are >.25 which could be daily. His eyes turning red & face losing color is not bloating, his belly would be bloated if he had bloat. I suspect his not feeling well is due to the water quality & I would start testing daily & doing more frquent water changes. Personally I don't bother with a filter on a tank that size, others do & apparently have no issues, I just think its more hassle than its worth. Do not add any tank mates, the tank is too small.
Thank you! I'll keep all of this in mind and start doing more frequent water changes. Do you think that adding AquaSafe could have something to do with it? Maybe I should use another stabilizer?
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I can't comment on aqua safe as I've never use it. The only thing I add to my water is Prime & the occasional fert, calcium or meds. If you haven't tested your tap water or source water you should, it is possible it has some ammonia in it.
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Old 05-18-2013, 11:45 PM   #5 
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I have ammonia in my tap as well
You may want to look into live plants to help with ammonia. Some plants are pretty easy to take care of and dont require alot of light OR you can try cycling the tank. Some people say it can be done in tanks under 5G. If its cycled that should take care of the ammonia - the bactteria do whatever it is they do with it
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