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Old 11-15-2008, 12:29 PM   #21 
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Ok, I got the tank yesterday. Before I bought it I asked about the thermostat for the heater and the adjustable flow rate for the filter. Yes, it should all be there.

I'm not sure about the heater. It just has a + and - and guess I have to try to find the right temp. by checking the sticky thermometer?

The filter can not be adjusted... (I almost thought so...)
So, I'll go back to the store and see, if they exchange it without taking the whole kit back.

Man, until the whole thing is set up and running the fish are either frozen or we are broke because of the high heating bill.......
What is the lowest temp. that the bettas could live with for a while?
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Old 11-15-2008, 03:52 PM   #22 
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I'd say about 74 degrees. Keep them in the warmest room of the house. If you have an upstairs, keep them up there.
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Old 11-15-2008, 06:05 PM   #23 
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hi all
I tried to take a photo of my Bow the Betta but turns out he is camera shy and hid behind his plant every time I got close to the tank with the camera, so I took a bit of video from a distance. The video is all blurred in the middle but you can see Bow well at the start and the end.
It is up on YouTube at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtjXJmqaDaI

The black thing with red printing in the tank behind the bubble tube is the new Marineland mini heater.
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Old 11-15-2008, 06:17 PM   #24 
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Very pretty fish, Arlie!
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Old 11-15-2008, 06:49 PM   #25 
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Yes, he is pretty and active!

The heater fits quite well in the back. Is the temperature holding?
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Old 11-15-2008, 10:20 PM   #26 
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hi
Thank you
I am uploading a new video, not so fuzzy. So please check it out too.
The heater seems to keep the temp. of the water between 76' and 78' without the hood light on. Mostly on 78' so I guess it is doing the job.
Better Video at:
YouTube - Bow the Betta 2

I asked elsewhere but no reply as yet so asking here again. Do I have to pre soak those tiny Betta food pellets before feeding them to my Bow?
I read that on another Betta website.

What does it mean to cycle a tank?
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Old 11-15-2008, 10:28 PM   #27 
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I don't presoak mine but a lot of people presoak theirs to keep the food from expanding inside the betta's stomach.
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Old 11-17-2008, 02:48 PM   #28 
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I'll just copy and paste my response from another thread asking about cycling a tank:

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"Cycling" a tank is the process of culturing colonies of beneficial bacteria in your tank. Fish waste (urine and feces), decaying plant and animal tissue and decaying fish food all create ammonia in your tank. Ammonia is highly toxic to fish and can kill them even at low concentrations. In order for your fish to survive in a fish tank, they can't be exposed to ammonia. Luckily, there is a type of bacteria that converts the harmful ammonia into another chemical called nitrite. As ammonia is introduced to your tank (either by adding fish or another ammonia source) these bacteria multiply. Eventually, there are enough of them to completely convert any ammonia that is introduced to the tank into nitrite. Unfortunately, nitrite is just as toxic to your fish as ammonia, if not moreso. However, there is a second type of bacteria that converts this nitrite into nitrate, a chemical that is only harmful to fish in very large concentrations. As the first type of bacteria convert ammonia to nitrite, the second type of bacteria begins to grow in number. After more time, there are enough of these bacteria present to convert all of your nitrite into nitrate. After both types of bacteria are established, your tank is "cycled." At this point, you should never have detectable levels of ammonia or nitrite in your tank and you only need to do water changes to keep the nitrate levels in check.

There are two ways to cycle a tank, fishless and with fish. When cycling with fish, the fish you add act as the ammonia source during the cycle. However, because the ammonia and nitrite that are produced during the cycle are toxic, you need to do water changes frequently when cycling with fish to keep them alive. The second way is to cycle without fish and use some other ammonia source, such as pure ammonia, fish food or even an uncooked shrimp. This is the preferred method as it allows you to stock the tank as you please (instead of with the fish you cycled with) and also doesn't subject any fish to ammonia or nitrite poisoning.

The best way to monitor the progress of the cycle is to get a good liquid test kit like the API Freshwater Master Test Kit. It contains tests for pH as well as ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. Testing the water lets you know exactly how far along the cycle is and when it's over, and therefore when it's safe to add fish.

Since the bacteria that you grow during the cycle aren't waterborne (they live on surfaces in the aquarium like the gravel, decor and especially the filter media) you can transfer some of these items over to a cycling aquarium from an established tank to help speed up your cycle.

Hope that helped!
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Old 11-22-2008, 12:16 AM   #29 
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hi Antje
How you doing with your new Aquarium? This is getting very involved on my part.
Incase you did not read my other post, I returned that Marineland mini heater and exchanged it for another, same kind, as I did not feel the first one was working well.
Let you know how the new one does. Upgraded to a better thermometer and am adding Aquarium salt to my water changes now. Also exchanged that strip water test kit for the one suggested here, plus got some money back, . Found too much ammonia with the new test so did a 50% water change. Looking good now.

Bow the Betta seems happy and active but still worried about his fins. Sure hope this all helps.
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Old 11-22-2008, 01:14 AM   #30 
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I'm sorry if I offend anyone now.......
I don't see the point in reviwing items for such a small tank... The options you have arent wide, and it won't really make a difference which model or brand you get when its for such a small tank.
If I were you, Id go for a 10G, since size and price might be an issue.....
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