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Old 06-19-2013, 01:22 PM   #1 
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30g fish in cycle

4 female bettas in the 30g tank. using rocks and gravel. one hollow log with fake plants attached. one hollow tree stump with fake plants attached. using 2 5-15 gallon filters ...they have been in for 24 hours. all test are ideal-normal range thus far....question is how much water change is required and how often...btw my tap water has high ammonia naturally...
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Old 06-19-2013, 01:53 PM   #2 
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Test everyday and when you see ammonia get over .25ppm do a 25% water change, test again after an hour if it's still high do another 25% change until you get under .25ppm or 0.

Also for a sorority you're going to need LOTS of plant cover just for a reference.
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:06 PM   #3 
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Why don't you put some real plants in there? That would add some safety to the fish-in cycle.
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:09 PM   #4 
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I want some real plants but my budget is tight
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:20 PM   #5 
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I want some real plants but my budget is tight
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:33 PM   #6 
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Fake logs can cost over $20 a piece. That's a good amount of plants there.
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Old 06-20-2013, 12:13 AM   #7 
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not really need some live plants
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:51 AM   #8 
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As Lil says change water >0.25ppm. Treat your refill water (tapwater) with Prime @ 2drops/gal.

You'll want several more individuals in that sorority, even if you eventually add community fish.

You'll want more plants just to cut sightlines and provide hides. Get live ones if you can. Floaters and fast-growers are the best for water quality.
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Old 06-20-2013, 04:11 PM   #9 
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I now have water hyacinth plants I got out a pond. just trying to figure out if they will do me justicebegore putting them in etc
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Old 06-20-2013, 04:37 PM   #10 
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Ooooh wait!!!!! You can't put those plants right into your aquarium! Plants from outside need to be QT for at least a month and up! They carry all sorts of bacteria and insects that can harm your fish, keep them in a bowl with tap water for a week, change it everyday and you might be safe then. I honestly wouldn't risk it though
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