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Old 03-24-2009, 09:42 PM   #11 
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Yah I agree,there are SOME people at fish stores or fish depts that actually know something. But even then, Id still go look it up or ask on here if thats right. The LFS down the road from me seems pretty knowledgeable,but the other one well not so. And for what they are called they sure dont have alot fish! Baffles me. They told me all kinds of wrong stuff. Plus most stuff is way overpriced there. LOL
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Old 03-24-2009, 09:46 PM   #12 
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One person that I THOUGHT knew a lot did say something that I didn't agree with. He said that even the little cups the bettas are in will cycle. I don't think so!
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Old 03-24-2009, 09:51 PM   #13 
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Um what?? Lol. I dont think so either! Well the other fish place told me that bettas are fine in tiny containers (such as the cup). Also told me they dont need a heater or a filter. When i told them i had him in a 10 she stared at me like i had two heads or something. Shes like for one fish?! Im like yeah....shes like you couldve left him in his cup...um...no...Plus they dont like to answer their phones even though they say call anytime. She also has a small kid who shes always chasing around the store while trying to help customers. So i dont go there anymore very much. Once in awhile they have cheap fish food and i check out their traded in fish tanks. Thats where i found my 29 gallon for 18 bucks for my gerbils hehe. So they are good for something but not much haha.
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:37 PM   #14 
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That would drive me crazy, being in a store trying to talk to someone with a little kid running around. I like my Petsmart. I don't ask them for advise very often. Once in awhile, I'll ask something just to see if they give me any of the same info I got here. One girl I used to talk to is gone now. She had foot surgery this time last year and never came back. She was the one that told me not to medicate my fish. She said it would do more harm than good and it would be best to use a bit of stresscoat and do water changes like every 3 days. That was for fin rot. I think I got good advice from her.
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Old 03-24-2009, 11:31 PM   #15 
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Ya that sounds like good advice. It is annoying. Most people give up and leave. They dont seem to care much or know much about fish. So i dont know why they are in the fish business lol. Maybe at one time they did care,but who knows. At least at the one right down the road they seem to care.
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Old 03-25-2009, 06:50 AM   #16 
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Thanks!

Thanks a ton everybody for the great answers! I looked up some stuff about cycling and what I got was that you set up your tank with all of the accessories and then you feed the empty tank fish food in order for the tank to start developing ammonia. I know that you can also do this with fish in the tank. I've had my tank set up with most of the decorations and with the appropriate amount of tap water purifier (something that makes the water healthy for the fishes, i guess), but I have not put any fish food into the tank yet. This has been set up since Sunday, I believe.

The new question is: what should I do now? Should I get the rest of the foilage and a heater and feed the tank fish food for a while before I get my fishes? And how long should I do that for?

Thanks again to everybody that answered! Especially for that point about supplying the four females with lots of hidey-places, because I wouldn't have known to get more than the one I have!
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Old 03-25-2009, 08:08 AM   #17 
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You'll need to get a test kit to test your water parameters while it cycles. The API liquid master test kit is the one that everyone reccommends. The kits with the test strips aren't accurate.
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Old 03-25-2009, 10:32 AM   #18 
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Yeah you can set it all up,except for the fishies of course. Not sure how well the food method of cycling works,but im sure it will. LOL. Yes and like DQ said get the liquid test kit. Turn up the heat and turn up the filter,the more heat and airation the better. Of course turn it all down when done! Haha. Now expect this to go on for many many weeks..i dont know if i said it,but mine took 8 weeks. Not that bad really. But some peoples have taken longer,some shorter. So good luck!!
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Old 03-25-2009, 08:19 PM   #19 
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Thumbs up

Hey, thanks again for the answers!

So, I'm definitely going to wait and cycle my tank before I get my fish. Tomorrow I'm going to go out and get a heater, some more decorations, and a test kit. Eight weeks feels like a really long time to have to wait, and I'm really bad at waiting for those kinds of things, but I really want happy and healthy fishies, so I shall wait.

Thanks for putting up with my newbieness! I guarentee that there will be more to come! lol.
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Old 03-25-2009, 08:30 PM   #20 
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No problem anytime! Yes it does feel like forever...and i was getting to the end of my patience with it...but i held out a lil longer...and it was done yay! lol. Good luck!
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