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Old 05-20-2013, 05:06 PM   #11 
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I always figured that keeping water too clean would deprive the bacteria of the nutrients they need and cause a crash or mini-cycle? I mean, I know that the bacteria doesn't live in the water, so that was my theory anyway. Then again the only times I've had crashes have been when I completely disassembled my tank, so I may be completely wrong :3
Yes, water transports the food to the bacteria, but there is always more ammonia being produced. Too, there is always waste in the filter that breaks down and feeds the bacteria. Lastly, it takes a while for the bacteria to starve.

That all being said, it IS possible to harm the bacteria colony through maintenance - constantly doing too much has a detrimental effect on the aquariums ability to function on its own.


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Old 05-21-2013, 12:49 PM   #12 
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Just in case if PettaTheBetta don't have cycled tank just like i do. I don't cycle my 2.5 or 5 gall tanks. So before i leave on vocation i just do full water changes. Since i do regularly 100% water changes any way it fine just to do full water change when you need it. And i try to keep the house about at least 78-80* because the bacteria and fungus grow in the warmer water faster.
And for automatic feeders it - NO NO. It better i think to fast betta for a week then use automatic feeders. I have heard a lot of bad replies on that.
I also think that water changes have absolutely no impact on the cycle.
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:23 AM   #13 
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Do you have a family member or good friend who lives nearby? I would not suggest the automatic feeder, unless you know for a fact it works. If the tank is established, and planted heavily, just do a 75% water change before you leave. If you just had someone come in every other day and give a small amount of food he would be ok. Make sure to be specific and show them how much to feed{feed less than normal, a very minimum amount} This is your responsibility towards keeping any animal in your family. Your family should understand as well.There may also be someone in your area, that does maintenance that would be willing to come in a few times while you are gone. Worst case scenario, drain the tank down to 50% or less, and move it to a friend or other family member's home while you are gone.Or take your chances. Do not feed a whole bunch before you leave thinking that will help. Your betta is only going to eat what he can, the rest could foul the water. If the tank has been set up awhile, there may be organisms he could feed on while you are gone. Put your lights on a timer, and minimize the amount they come on, just to keep the plants alive. If the plants start to die, it could seriously injure him or worse. Good luck.

Hi I just found out that it has been changed for only one week... Anyway, yes my neighboor has taken care of him before and she will be coming everyother day to do the cats. How can I put the lights on a timer? Do I need to buy something?
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:24 AM   #14 
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I am pretty sure that I will not use the automatic feeder.
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:28 AM   #15 
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Yes, go to the store and buy a simple timer. Let me get a picture if I can find one. They are very inexpensive.
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:29 AM   #16 
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Ok Thanks so much for your input!
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:31 AM   #17 
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Here is an example of a simple timer. Good Choice 15-Amp 24-Hour Plug-In Dial Lighting Timer-602 at The Home Depot
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:33 AM   #18 
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Most of these dial type timers are similar. They have these little tabs around the dial that you preset. You push down on them. It will have an on time, and an off time. It basically cuts the juice going to the cord until the timer allows it. You can practice with it before you leave. It should have basic instructions with it.
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:38 AM   #19 
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One more thing to note, the timers are kind of boxy and take up a lot of square space, often making it impossible to get another plug into the outlet. So, if you have more than one plug in that socket, you will also need an extension, like this...
Belkin 6-Outlet Power Strip-F9P609-05R-DP at The Home Depot

Some of the nicer ones even have a GFCI, which ALL fish keepers should be using anyway.
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:04 PM   #20 
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Ok Thanks so much
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